Changing industries when you have an established career strikes many people as an impossible feat. This sentiment may feel especially true for people wishing to break into the tech field.
Tech is a notoriously fast-paced industry, and non-tech professionals might worry that they are too old or too out of touch with technology to make the switch. The switch to the tech industry can feel extremely daunting, and you may find yourself making up reasons not to pursue your dream career in tech.
However, where there’s will, there’s a way. It’s true that technology changes rapidly, but if you are determined to learn, no matter your age or skill set, you can make it happen.
Don’t be Intimidated by the Younger Generation
You may feel as though unless you’re a hoodie-wearing 20 something you don’t belong in tech. Despite popular culture reinforces the idea that the only people working in tech are young, male geniuses, people of all genders, ages and backgrounds have been successful in tech.
It’s true, however, that the tech industry does skew to a younger age demographic. Don’t be afraid to learn from people younger than you. Let go of any awkwardness or discomfort you have with the idea of a boss in their 20s or 30s and embrace the new adventure.
Start Connecting with Industry Professionals
Start making industry connections now. Attend seminars, join professional networking groups and reach out to anyone you know in the industry. Connections don’t need to be exclusively in person. Connect with others on online forums and websites.
Make Tech a Hobby Before it’s a Job
As soon as you decide to pursue a career in tech, it may be tempting to quit your current gig. The truth is, though, that many of us need a paycheck to live. Before you quit your day job, start spending nights and weekends exploring the tech industry. Learn to program, attend seminars or do freelance work.
This will help you confirm that the tech field is the place for you and also make you marketable when you finally do take the full-time tech plunge.