5 Reasons to Consider a Career Change into Technology
With a wide array of careers to choose from, why might you consider a career in Technology?
Here’s the 5 top reasons from Kris Reynolds, Founder of leading career, outplacement and executive coaching firm, Let’s Talk Career.
Technology is a fast-paced industry with constant change requiring ongoing skill development. It is a profession that is particularly suited to individuals who have a love of learning and who like to be constantly improving and updating their skills. If you find you like challenge and a fast-paced learning environment, a career in Technology may be worth exploring. Technology is particularly suited to individuals who like to both ‘stay current’, challenged and learn something new.
On Average There Are
Job Openings for Tech Graduates
In the Next Five Years
Technology- related professionals will be needed
The Average Income
For Technology Professionals
While many of us think of Google, Amazon and Facebook as the Technology employment leaders of the world, many smaller technology-based companies also offer fabulous working conditions for their staff. Planet Innovation in Box Hill, Victoria has over 70 technologists on staff ranging from C++ developers to digital experts. The organisation offers employees facilities like a Virtual Reality room, as well as an amazing array of company sports events to be involved in, ranging from Intercompany basketball games, corporate triathalons and meditation classes at lunchtime.
Of the workforce are expected to be replaced by technology in the next 10 years
These smaller companies embrace work flexibility. Skills in Technology can position you for a working lifestyle that is both rewarding and fun. Having skills in Technology gives you a wide breadth of employer options from the very large banks and insurance companies, through to creative agencies and website developers through to very small start-up organisations. The world’s your ’employer oyster’, so to speak.
Unlike say Law or Medicine, Technology skills are largely transferrable across countries. So, if you are keen to have a career where you can work in other countries without needing to reskill, Technology may be an excellent option for you.
increase in New IT and Tech Jobs by 2020
increase in Software Development Sector
Skilled technologists, particularly in the Cloud, Web Development and Digital spaces, have very low unemployment. If you are keen on a profession that will have you gainfully employed post course, and in demand, then Technology may be for you.
Examples of IT Careers with Strong Employment Prospects and Expected Growth:
Analyst and Program Developer
Average Salary: $83,000
Software and Applications Programmers
Average Salary: $93,652
Average Salary: $109,460
Digital skills are the fastest growing skill set sought by employers in early career roles. (212% growth)
Jobs requiring these digital skills pay over $8,000
more per year than those without
Another added benefit of the ‘war for technology talent’ is that many employers are open to greater work flexibility (both in terms of the span of hours worked and the location the work takes place). If flexibility is an important consideration for you, whether that be working part-time or from home, then exploring a career in technology may be worthwhile. Technology skills provide the option to negotiate more strongly on your terms, which then allows you to have greater control around designing a complete lifestyle.
The most common skills for a career in Technology include:
Logic and Reasoning
Engineering and Technology
Technology and ‘start up’ often go hand in hand, so if you have an entrepreneurial streak and want to work in a business from the ground up, a career in technology may suit you. Start-ups are fabulous for gaining exposure to a breadth of commercial and business issues, which can position your career for major growth. Start-ups, depending on their success, also hold greater opportunity for wealth creation via options or part business ownership, by being in the organisation from the ground up.
Full-Time Worker Share
Progress Your Career
If you are looking to take the next step in your Technology career, look to a Diploma or Bachelor Degree. Diplomas can be used as a pathway program if you aren’t ready to step straight into a Bachelor.
Explore Your Options Today
Kris Reynolds is the Founder and Managing Partner of the “Let’s Talk” group – an Australian owned and operated business that works with organisations and individuals on all things ‘career’. She is also the Global Strategic HR lead for Planet Innovation, an organisation that focuses on technology-rich product development and global commercialisation experience.
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