Considering a Career Change? Give Tech a Try

Jessica mitsch By Jessica Mitsch ● October 26, 2021
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With an unprece­dent­ed amount of Amer­i­cans exit­ing their jobs this year, tech­nol­o­gy is the per­fect field for those con­sid­er­ing a career change.

We are in the midst of the Great Res­ig­na­tion. In April, there was a record-break­ing num­ber of work­ers who resigned in a sin­gle month. That num­ber was sur­passed again in July and then in August, with 4.3 mil­lion, or near­ly 3% of the Amer­i­can work­force, call­ing it quits. Work­ers in almost every indus­try have been resign­ing, but those in the hos­pi­tal­i­ty and leisure busi­ness and younger, low­er-income work­ers have been espe­cial­ly keen to switch occu­pa­tions. At the end of the sum­mer, one in 14 employ­ees in the accom­mo­da­tions and food ser­vice sec­tor left their roles.
Econ­o­mists are still try­ing to pin­point why this remark­able exo­dus of employ­ees is hap­pen­ing, but some fac­tors that have encour­aged quit­ting include stim­u­lus checks and oth­er gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits pro­vid­ing tem­po­rary relief to try some­thing new; frus­tra­tion with pro­longed stag­nan­cy in pay and a lack of flex­i­bil­i­ty in jobs; greater for­give­ness for stu­dent loan and rent pay­ments; fam­i­ly respon­si­bil­i­ties from closed schools and uncer­tain sta­tus­es of busi­ness open­ings; and cus­tomer unruli­ness at an all-time high. The most recent wave of res­ig­na­tions con­sists large­ly of those who stuck around while their col­leagues quit and then expe­ri­enced burnout with hav­ing to assume too many responsibilities.
Whichev­er the rea­son, Covid-19 derail­ing plans has inspired many to reflect on their pri­or­i­ties and goals and embrace a pro­fes­sion­al pivot.
If you are con­sid­er­ing a career change, it can be daunt­ing to know where to start, espe­cial­ly if you don’t have an idea of the field you would like to explore. A great strat­e­gy for mak­ing a switch is iden­ti­fy­ing a career path that uti­lizes soft skills you already pos­sess, is in high demand, and offers real growth oppor­tu­ni­ties. Tech­nol­o­gy is a fan­tas­tic route to ful­fil these aims.

In tech, there is a des­per­ate need for tal­ent and not enough of it to go around.

The pan­dem­ic has caused com­pa­nies that are not sole­ly tech-focused to place a much big­ger empha­sis on dig­i­tal, with busi­ness­es depen­dent on tools like QR codes and order­ing sys­tems, remote video con­fer­enc­ing, more robust and func­tion­al web­sites, and sophis­ti­cat­ed e‑commerce plat­forms. 40% of com­pa­nies hired tech staff dur­ing the pan­dem­ic and 66% have plans to add more in the com­ing year. Tech role salaries are on the rise and employ­ers are offer­ing greater flex­i­bil­i­ty and ben­e­fits to recruit desir­able can­di­dates, who get to be more selec­tive with where they bring their skills in this com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. Addi­tion­al­ly, a report on tal­ent short­age found that 46% of U.S. employ­ers report­ed find­ing tech tal­ent as their pri­ma­ry con­cern. Look­ing fur­ther into the future, the US could face a pro­ject­ed deficit of 6 mil­lion high-tech work­ers and lose out on $162 bil­lion worth of rev­enues annu­al­ly unless enough skilled peo­ple can fill these jobs by 2030.
This extreme need for tech­nol­o­gy skills is cou­pled with a mar­ket full of vacant posi­tions. As of ear­ly Sep­tem­ber, there were 1.2 active job post­ings in roles like soft­ware devel­op­er or pro­gram­mer in the US. Indeed’s Sep­tem­ber data also revealed a 73% increase in soft­ware devel­op­ment role post­ings since Feb­ru­ary, while total over­all post­ings in the US were up by 43%, show­cas­ing just how attrac­tive this mar­ket should be for those con­sid­er­ing a career change. LinkedIn reports that the num­ber of open­ings in the US for jobs in the soft­ware and IT indus­try has grown by a mas­sive 119% since the onset of the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic, as well.

Soft­ware engi­neer­ing is a great field to enter for those con­sid­er­ing a career change, even if you have no tech­ni­cal knowledge.

Despite how promising this trajectory seems, it is common for career changers to feel nervous about entering the tech industry with no prior experience. It does not have to be a scary switch, however, because programs like Momentum are designed to teach coding with true beginners’ levels in mind. Technology also overlaps with soft skills honed in other industries,especially those experiencing the most reshuffling during the Great Resignation; for example, the strong communication, adaptability, sense of urgency, and creative problem solving critical to succeeding as a food server are also important traits for programmers to excel in their work.
Momen­tum grad­u­ate Sara Dye recent­ly made the tran­si­tion from ser­vice work into pro­gram­ming. Despite not pre­vi­ous­ly hav­ing a tech back­ground, Sara found that many of the skills she had been devel­op­ing in her 10+ years of retail expe­ri­ence such as stel­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lead­er­ship, and col­lab­o­ra­tion abil­i­ties have trans­ferred well into pro­gram­ming. At the end of her ener­giz­ing first week employed as a soft­ware engi­neer, Sara said that she ful­ly real­ized how well-pre­pared she was for her new role.
"Not only did Momen­tum instruct me in tech­nolo­gies that are in demand with clients, but they also boost­ed my soft skills in areas like team­work and agile devel­op­ment. Momen­tum has been the per­fect launch­ing pad for this reward­ing and mar­ketable career field. ‑Sara"
The stag­ger­ing amount of indi­vid­u­als con­sid­er­ing a career change con­verg­ing with the need for tal­ent in the tech sphere makes now the per­fect time to try out cod­ing. Con­tact our admis­sions advi­sor today to learn how a soft­ware engi­neer­ing boot­camp can equip you with sought-after skills and set you off on an incred­i­ble career path.

Co-Authored by Gin­ny Howey

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