Continuous Learning & Networking Can Help Land you a Career in Tech When You’re Not a “Techie”

June 30, 2024


Navigating a career in the tech industry without a traditional tech background might seem daunting, but it’s entirely possible and increasingly relevant in today’s evolving job market. With tech becoming more integral to various industries, understanding how to pivot into this field is crucial. ¬†According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11.5% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is driven by a demand for cloud computing, big data, and information security.

How can someone without a tech background break into the tech industry?

This episode of The AppleOne Show by ActOne Group host, Brett Howroyd explores this question with insights from Josh Whitcraft, Chief of Staff at Canoe Intelligence. Josh shares his thoughts on the importance of continuous learning and networking as key strategies for non-technical professionals to transition into the tech industry.

  • Non-Technical Roles in Tech: Many positions in tech companies, such as sales, marketing, and project management, do not require deep technical expertise. Understanding the product and explaining it to non-technical users are key skills.
  • Continuous Learning: Regularly reading industry publications and staying updated with trends can help bridge the knowledge gap. Josh recommends daily, weekly, and quarterly reading habits.
  • Networking and LinkedIn: Building a strong LinkedIn presence and leveraging warm referrals can significantly increase the chances of landing a job in the tech industry. Josh highlights the importance of informational interviews and networking.

Josh Whitcraft is the Chief of Staff at Canoo Intelligence. He started his career in financial services during the global financial crisis before transitioning to the tech industry. Josh holds a graduate degree and has a passion for building meaningful projects and being a generalist. His journey reflects the potential for non-technical professionals to thrive in tech by leveraging their unique skills and continuous learning.

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