A Guide to the Best Second Career in Tech: What Skills Are Needed?

Katie Dunn By Katie Dunn ● November 30, 2020
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Whether you are just start­ing out in your first career and decide that it isn’t what you thought, or you are seek­ing a career change lat­er in life, some of the best sec­ond careers are with­in the tech industry.
Mak­ing a career change can be daunt­ing and a source of anx­i­ety for peo­ple who want to be doing more with­in their cur­rent job, but just can’t seem to get ahead. Avoid­ing analy­sis paral­y­sis” when con­sid­er­ing whether to embark on a dif­fer­ent career is the key to mak­ing that next step. Hav­ing good infor­ma­tion about how to tran­si­tion to a sec­ond career is a great place to start.

What Do I Need to Do First?

Mak­ing that first step, and then fol­low­ing through, can be tough when life gets in the way. The first step is to do a self-assess­ment. What skills do you need for your sec­ond career and what skills can you bring to the table? What do you hope to get out of a sec­ond career in tech? Con­sid­er the per­son­al ful­fill­ment that a job may offer and the obsta­cles that come with the job. Con­sol­i­dat­ing past expe­ri­ences and eval­u­at­ing trans­fer­able skills may help to expe­dite the inter­view process or allow you to sub­sti­tute your cur­rent skills for some for­mal training. 
"Sur­round your­self with peo­ple who can help you pur­sue a sec­ond career and the explo­ration process that follows."
Then, do some career and occu­pa­tion explo­ration. This can include con­duct­ing infor­ma­tion­al inter­views or shad­ow­ing some­one in the posi­tion that you want. Infor­ma­tion­al inter­views can be infor­mal or for­mal sit-downs with a pro­fes­sion­al in the job posi­tion that you are inter­est­ed in. The peo­ple you meet in the explo­ration phase can be a great resource for dis­cov­er­ing insight into the posi­tion that you want. Rely on con­nec­tions that you have and research oth­er resources to sup­port you. Sur­round your­self with peo­ple who can help you pur­sue a sec­ond career and the explo­ration process that fol­lows. There are also many resources to help you accu­mu­late skills need­ed to tran­si­tion to a sec­ond career in tech. 

What Resources Can You Use to Make Your Sec­ond Career in Tech a Reality?

There are a vari­ety of tools that you can take advan­tage of to help jump­start your new career path. Being able to cre­ate your own plan to upskill your IT tal­ents and goals makes you stand out from the crowd to new employ­ers. Self-assess­ment tools can help give direc­tion about where you might fit in and have inter­est with­in the IT indus­try. These tools and quizzes can often give you an idea of where to start in look­ing at what a career change can do for you, what is fea­si­ble, and what you want to pur­sue further. 
"Mov­ing with­in your com­pa­ny to a job that more aligns with your sec­ond career plan can make you feel less overwhelmed."
Cod­ing boot­camps and cours­es pro­vide a struc­tured space with flex­i­ble account­abil­i­ty where peo­ple can gain key com­pe­ten­cy skills and expe­ri­ence that makes them more mar­ketable. The Momen­tum Meet­up group is a great way to get an intro­duc­tion to a sec­ond career in tech, indus­try top­ics or a pro­gram­ming skill that is eas­i­ly acces­si­ble and pro­vides a sur­face lev­el inter­face with a top­ic so you can decide if it is some­thing you are inter­est­ed in.
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Gain expe­ri­ence by tin­ker­ing and work­ing on your own projects that pro­vide the space for you to exper­i­ment and learn. Take advan­tage of peo­ple as use­ful resources. Peo­ple who have sim­i­lar desires and inter­ests can be help­ful for under­stand­ing or dis­cov­er­ing new resources. Shad­ow­ing and con­duct­ing infor­ma­tion­al inter­views can also help you gain insight into the real every­day expe­ri­ence of those who do the work that you are look­ing into. Mov­ing with­in your com­pa­ny to a job that more aligns with your sec­ond career plan can make you feel less over­whelmed. If you tran­si­tion with­in a com­pa­ny you are famil­iar with, it can present chang­ing careers as less of an impos­si­ble task. 
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You Can Make the Change to a Sec­ond Career in Tech

Over­all, the key fac­tors to suc­cess in a sec­ond career are deter­mi­na­tion and adapt­abil­i­ty. These are key val­ues that are required to begin a sec­ond career suc­cess­ful­ly. Sched­ule a con­ver­sa­tion with our Admis­sions Advi­sor today to see how we can help you learn new skills and build your pro­fes­sion­al net­work for your best sec­ond career.

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