You don’t need to study IT to get into the technology sector

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While many sectors shrank due to the social distancing and lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, the technology sector expanded. Technology helped us communicate, helped businesses promote their products and services, and provided solutions to various pandemic related issues. As businesses place a growing emphasis on meeting challenges with technology, the skills required to work in tech are in high demand.

In this blog we explore technical and non-technical roles in the industry, how you can improve your commercial awareness before you apply, and what the industry is doing to encourage more women into the sector. You can also find out about initiatives and events that will help you gain more insight into working in tech.

What non-technical roles are there in the technology sector?

You may be thinking that jobs in tech are only suitable for students studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering or maths) but this is actually not true! Around 37% of employees in the digital economy work in non-digital roles. Although lots jobs in Tech demand specific technical skills, there are also lots of jobs that demand a broad range of skills including communication, teamworking, creative and critical thinking skills.

If you have a keen interest in technology, and a non-technical degree; consulting, marketing, legal, compliance or sales could be a good way to bring your interests and your education together. You can also consider a graduate role in their finance or human resources department. So, this exciting and innovative industry is one you should strongly consider.

Technical roles

If you are studying for a STEM degree, there are a vast range of technical jobs within this growing sector that you can consider. These include App developer, Cyber security analyst, Data analyst, IT Consultant, Network Engineer and Software Engineer. Check out Prospects full list of jobs in technology

What you need to know to get a job in the Tech sector

Commercial awareness and an enthusiasm for tech is important. Whether you have studied an IT-related subject or not, you will need to demonstrate to employers your interest in technology. Research is key here – what is new in tech? Who are the company’s competitors? What are the issues the industry faces? Candidates who are commercially aware show they have a deep understanding of the industry and the market in which it operates. Commercial Awareness is one of the keys to a successful job application.

Is the tech industry open to more women applying?

Employers are actively encouraging more women to apply to the industry, and have put together some initiatives to stimulate interest in working in tech. There are lots of events and schemes to encourage more women to explore technology as a career area. Make sure you take advantage of these when you see them.

1. Stem Aspire – DELL Technologies mentoring programme

STEM Aspire is a 12-month mentoring program aimed at undergraduate females from the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students are paired with mentors from Dell Technologies who provide them with 1-1 support and guidance to help bridge the gap between education and employment.

Email UK_STEMAspire@dell.com if you are interested. Dell will email you the application link. Applications close 31 October but we encourage you to apply early.

2. Women in Tech panel event

Online event | University of Surrey | Thurs 21 Oct 6-7.30pm

We are delighted to be joined by five women from some of the biggest names in Graduate Recruitment. The panellists are from Goldman Sachs, IBM, Bank of America, Intel and HSBC and they want to encourage more women to explore opportunities in this industry. The event will be a virtual Q&A with the panellists.

How to explore Tech careers

If you would like to explore more careers in tech you can take advantage of insight experiences through our Careers Events series, advertised within the Opportunities on Surrey Pathfinder, and research through reading our online publications like Gradcracker, TargetJobs and Prospects.

Technology Fair | 27 October

We are running our Virtual Technology Fair on 27 October from 12-3pm. We have over 30 companies attending including Sky, Goldman Sachs, Nuclear Graduates, Intel and Estee Lauder. Come along, chat to the employers and see which ones you would like to apply to for your placement or graduate opportunity.

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