The world is high-tech, and the demand for professionals to fill a variety of tech jobs grows each passing day. Coders, network specialists, database admins, and other techies earn top salaries and never have to look for work. There are more jobs than workers available in many cases. The following article tells you how you can fill the growing demand for tech professionals.
How To Fill The Increasing Demand For Tech Jobs
We look at how to select the right tech career for your interests and show ways to pick up the training required to compete for prime jobs. We investigate the best way to use free training and videos, paid online courses, and immersive bootcamps to develop your skills and join the tech workforce.
Get Your Education for Free
The Internet is a marvelous tool. Not only can you use the web to pay bills, shop, and entertain yourself, but it is a mecca for free training of all kinds. If you are the motivated and self-starting sort, you should take advantage of all of the free training the Internet has to offer. You are sure to find a free course offering lessons in your field of interest.
YouTube is one of the best places to find training in coding, data engineering, networking, and other tech disciplines. The video site is bursting at the seams with classes on various programming languages and is especially helpful to pick up software development experience.
One of the best ways to pick up tech experience and knowledge is through independent projects. The net hosts available projects you can use to develop your skills. Check out Github to find projects aimed at beginners.
Train Yourself Up through a Paid Remote Course
Free education is great, but if you want quality materials delivered by professionals, try a paid online course. There are top-notch online schools that have ample online offerings for students who live in rural areas or cannot attend in-person classes.
If you are interested in software engineering, look for courses in front-end, back-end, or full-stack development and individual classes in languages and development platforms. Hopeful network or systems engineers have their own paid certification tracks available through Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, and other major providers. Classes here give you hands-on experience and training in crucial topics in your field.
Before you commit to a school, check the reviews on independent sites. Look around to find out placement rates after graduation, too—top schools see the majority of their graduates find employment in the industry.
Attend a Bootcamp
If you do not prefer enrolling in online courses, you still have options. One of the best ways to pick up tech training is through in-person, immersive bootcamp classes. There is no substitute for the human touch, and enrolling in a 12-to-16 week, 9-to-5 course gives you an early experience with the development cycle to working on large software or hardware projects.
There are coding bootcamps for all kinds of tech professions. If you have an eye for design, consider a UI/UX design bootcamp. The more hardcore programming types will love drinking from the fire hose of information they get in a full-stack course. And, a game development bootcamp is the ideal venue in which to learn how to create the entertainment of tomorrow.
So, there you have it, tech-inclined job seekers. The opportunity to fill the growing demand for tech professionals is now more attainable. Our guide shows you different free and paid options for picking up some tech chops and getting in on the action.
About the Author: Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.