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The changing market: 5 reasons why you should be considering a career in technology

Posted by: Jemma Puzey
25/05/2018

Have you ever considered a career in technology?

Receiving record levels of investment of almost £3bn in the UK last year, and attracting an increasing number of ambitious millennials, it’s clear to see that the UK’s status as the favourite destination for tech entrepreneurs in Europe remains unrivalled- and that demand for better software is reaching new highs. With the digital revolution transforming everything from the way in which we shop for clothes to the way that we bank, more and more businesses are making the switch to the online marketplace. It’s clear that the need for skilled IT and technology professionals has never been higher, especially for companies who want to remain competitive in today’s economy.

It’s also a great career choice for skilled, ambitious people who want something different from their day-to-day job. Here’s why:

 

It’s cutting edge

One of the most compelling reasons to work in technology is the work itself. Whether you’re interested in gaming, programming or engineering, the industry is constantly developing and pushing boundaries as a fundamental part of what it does. Indeed, technology has become so central to everything that we do today that any developments you make could well be rolled out across the world in a matter of months. If you’re interested in being at the cutting edge of business, innovation and research, pursuing a passion or creating the next bestselling app, then there’s no better place to be.

 

A chance to learn

This sector is fast-becoming the number-one career path for millennials, and there’s a good reason for it: working in technology is an excellent way to pick up technical skills that will stand you in good stead, no matter what industry you decide to move into afterwards. In today’s digital economy, employers are placing an increasingly-high value on professionals who can understand technology, whether that’s editing HTML code or knowing your way around an analytics campaign. Working in a tech start-up also means that it’s easy to get involved in different projects, and pick up new skills in things like programming as a result.

In a such a competitive job market, it pays to have as many strings to your bow as possible if you want to stand out from the crowd, and working in technology lets you do just that.

 

It’s varied

You don’t have to work in a start-up as a technology professional: every company has an IT department, or is trying to update their market offering online, which means you have unlimited opportunity when it comes to finding jobs in your preferred industry. From working in the NHS, to a video games company or even a multinational, the choices are endless. If you want to switch jobs, it’s easy to do so, and means that you can make your role as varied as you want it to be.

The technology sector also boasts a staggering number of career paths to suit everybody’s tastes and interests: though of course there are always roles available for programmers and developers, you can also work in niches as diverse as Artificial Intelligence, being a Tester or working as a Solution Architect, all of which let you tailor your interests to the job at hand. The industry doesn’t just need these people, either: it also needs graphic designers, marketing professionals, writers and experts in areas like HR. If you want to make the most of your organisational skills then you can become a Project Manager; alternately, if you want a career where you can combine technical skill with creativity then work in the Gaming industry. When it comes to working in IT, only your imagination is the limit.

 

It’s a great career choice

According to one recent survey, digital salaries are up to 44% higher than the national average.

That’s no surprise, given that IT professionals are in high demand across the world- and with high demand, comes high competition, and high rates of pay. Indeed, a CIO usually gets paid a six-figure salary, whilst a software developer’s salary starts from around £30,000 a year and can go upwards of £100,000. There’s actually a skills shortage within technology, thanks to the growing demand for digital transformation, cyber security experts and more- and given that the industry is also expected to grow another 22-38% by 2020, you’ll never be out of a job.

 

Make a difference

The technology industry is all about solving problems and inventing new ways to do things- sometimes for things that we never even think need fixing. If you’re looking for a challenging career to apply your skillset to, you can’t do better than technology: it’s a career with purpose, and the stuff that you work on might just be the next big breakthrough, helping connect people around the world.

 

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