The start of a New Year is cause for a new challenge for many, and following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, 1 in 2 people in the UK alone are thought to be considering a change of career.
Whatever your skill set, experience, current situation and life goals, a new career in technology could prove to be your best professional decision yet. VHR’s technical recruitment specialists reveal the five most compelling reasons to change your job and join the tech sector this year.
Whilst the past year has seen unprecedented damage to sectors such as travel, hospitality and retail, the technology industry has risen to new heights above and beyond expectations.
It was recently reported that the industry is growing six times faster than any other. With the mass enforcement of remote working, the adoption of communication tools such as Zoom to connect with friends and family members and the uptick in online learning, our work and home lives have become intrinsically linked to the digital world.
The work/life benefits and efficiencies delivered by computerised solutions during the pandemic mean that long after we reach a ‘new normal’, a reliance on digital products and services is here to stay. This adoption and growth is good news for jobseekers: tech vacancies have skyrocketed by 50% since July alone, and are now accumulating at a rate of 2.6% per month. In some regions of the UK, one in every 10 jobs advertised is part of the industry.
Business leaders are also generating record levels of investment as venture capitalists and entrepreneurs predict long-term revenue growth in the coming decade, making the sector an ideal choice for applicants who prioritise job security and career progression.
Tech and fintech firms famously top the list of Best Companies to Work For compilations every year. Employees working in tech cite job satisfaction, company values, career opportunities, work/life balance, senior management support and matching values as integral to their employer’s enjoyable and supportive cultures.
Because technology is now interwoven so closely in the lives, careers and relationships of individuals and societies around the world, working in the industry can offer a vast array of vocations. From the exciting world of start-ups to rapidly growing SMEs to thriving global giants, tech companies require individuals of all skills, backgrounds, experience levels and personality types.
Whether you identify more as a creative, an analyst, a people person or an independent individual, the tech industry has the role for you. A wide range of potential positions includes:
The sector also offers a wealth of entry-level jobs for those without transferable skills, meaning that inexperienced individuals can build a rewarding career path from scratch. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to earn as you learn and kickstart your career with practical skills from day one.
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Tech employees are at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus, and as the virus looks set to cause significant additional damage despite global vaccination programmes, new recruits to the sector will be involved in a rare opportunity to help the world battle against the deadliest threat since World War 2.
As of January 2021, Covid-19 has claimed the lives of almost 2million people across ages and backgrounds around the world. However, technology firms are leading the way in protecting millions more lives and livelihoods. From medical breakthroughs, business support, financial aid and mental health services, recent technology innovations include:
Whilst some are content with a slower-paced role that offers little in the way of excitement or development but makes up for it with additional benefits, technology is the place for ambitious, driven and enthusiastic individuals who are looking for an adventure every day.
Blakelee Mills, CEO of scientific graphics software house Golden Software, states of her career experience, ‘I serendipitously entered the technological space, and I’ve remained because of the ever-changing nature of the industry. Technology is the driving force behind the majority, if not all, of today’s innovations.’
The tech sector is unique in its ability to provide learning opportunities and new experiences on a daily basis. Tech employees often have the autonomy to design or pitch something completely new, trust their gut feelings to take risks with potentially phenomenal results, and identify and storm ahead with business opportunities as they arise in real-time. Ideas and collaboration are just as important ability, meaning that anyone can find their true calling and create a rewarding working life with hard work, a positive attitude and the commitment to learn and grow.
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