Pursuing a career in tech if you are not an engineer

Thinking about moving into the technology sector? Worried about not knowing the language or whether you can make it? In this article we'll share resources, books, best practices and examples of people entering the tech sector from non-tech backgrounds. Some of the greatest tech figures came from backgrounds as diverse as the arts to economics.
By Stephen Oloh | Sep 13, 2022
Pursuing a career in tech if you are not an engineer
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How to Become an Engineer With Any Background

"You’re considering becoming an engineer, but you didn’t earn an undergraduate degree in engineering. Can you pursue the profession anyway? The short answer is yes, but you will most likely want to go back to school—either for your bachelor’s or master’s—to broaden your engineering career options." This article covers how you can become an Engineer regardless of your professional or educational background!

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How I Became a Software Engineer Without a Computer Science Degree

In a YouTube video, Tiff shared a story of how she became a Software Engineer without a computer science degree. There are so many unique and different paths to get into software engineering and development and I hope Tiff sharing her journey will inspire you to go through your own journey!

Check out the YouTube Video here

Do You Really Need a Tech Degree?

The short answer is no, not really. Hiring Tech managers do not rule out potential candidates based on degree and academic qualifications alone. Especially in certain areas where technology is evolving and changing every day. What's most important for recruiters is your ability to do the job. So how do you land a job in the tech sector without a tech degree?

  1. Certifications: Not only do they leverage your tech "know-how," but its flexibility, cost, job-specific skills, and the time you need to obtain them make it the best path for non-tech or entry-level professionals.
  2. Soft skills such as analytical skills and problem-solving are essential for every tech professional. A typical day in tech involves analyzing data, tracking progress, evaluating performance, troubleshooting, and constantly finding ways of improvement. Always make sure you improve on those skills and highlight them in your resume and interview answers.
  3. Experience: Not necessarily formal or corporate experience. Start by undertaking short-term projects or part-time jobs in tech. You can also build your own project based on your interests! What's really important is that you would be able to demonstrate your capabilities and creativity to hiring managers.

Thinking of learning to code as a beginner?

An interesting perspective on why to start learning Java Script before Python or other languages. Watch the YouTube Video here

Stephen Oloh
Digital nomad. Founding and leading teams to build innovative mission-driven products across board.