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I have decided to write about my tech journey so far. This post will include my job roles/companies, lesson learned and takeaways.
Early 2015, I remembered listening to this lecturer speak about her career in technology. She explained why she loved teaching, how technology will evolve in the future and the importance of why to be in the space now.
I was sold.
Lessons Learnt & Takeaways
Doing my MSc was the best decision & investment I have done in my life. Anyone interested in doing a Masters, I do recommend it even doe it was expensive.Most big companies would sponsor your masters within your career progression. For example, Google has programs which I found out after I graduated. They frequently post via their job board.Additionally, you can apply to the tech role without having a tech degree as long as you can prove your tech abilities. I would recommend building your portfolio via Github with small projects if you wanted to become a software engineer. 2. Tech Bootcamps / Academies can be a good starting point but there are other routes!
Joining a bootcamp or academy can help you secure a job if you haven't got industry experience. But always do your research as it could come with a heavy price plan or contracts.Find people who have previously attended the program and ask them about their experience. Also, you can apply for internships and entry-level position to start your career. 3. Being a software engineer is not the only job in tech.
Before job hunting, I would recommend you to do research about what you can do.There are lots of job opportunities in tech, being a developer is not your only option. Try to attend talks & networking events. Try to reach out to people on LinkedIn or Twitter who you think is doing the role you want to do. And ask them about their day-to-day and responsibilities. Then make your decision.4. Join a community and be part of the tech ecosystem.
Your network is your net worth ✨ ✨ ✨I believe this is the most important part, I remember being really lonely and lost and honestly wouldn’t survive without my community. There are loads of communities in tech to join with regular events. And always give back.My 1st community was London Campus (now known as Google for startup).5. You can always pivot and change your mind about your career.
Looking at my journey so far, I’m grateful for all the opportunities and wouldn’t change my journey.You can always transition to other job roles within tech. I believe if a company doesn’t provide career progression then you might need to change once you feel like you hit your peak at the company. Always put yourself 1st, that’s the only way you will be able to grow and develop.“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Abi is the co-founder of Community Growth Ventures. CGV invests time, capitals and resources to help passionate founders from minority and underestimated backgrounds create sustainable companies that deliver value to customers and the communities they operate in. Abi has also helped push through digital end-to-end transformation campaigns at various County Councils & Government bodies across the UK as a software engineer & automation tester. Additionally, she is a scout for Backed VC. Backed VC is a €50m community-driven seed stage VC fund, based in London. Did you enjoy this post? Follow me on Twitter for more insight about tech and startup, via CGV ✨✨✨