Authored by: Artur Meyster, Founder of Career Karma
The Covid-19 pandemic sent the word into a frenzy, with many businesses being forced to shut down, leaving many employees furloughed or laid off. Those fortunate enough to remain employed had to adjust to working remotely, away from the once lively offices filled with sounds of typing, printers, and conversations by the water cooler.
Spouses, children, and pets became our new coworkers. Trending Netflix shows became the office soundtrack, as our living room sofas became our new workspace. Kitchen counters transformed into our personal conference room as the world of Zoom meetings took off in full blast.
If you have been furloughed or lost your job, you should know that the current situation may present a golden opportunity. Those of you who had found yourself gazing out the window of your cubicle or office, wondering what another career path might have looked like—you now have the time to explore those opportunities.
The tech industry has proved to be quite resilient in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, and if you have not already, you should seriously consider a career in the booming tech industry. As the working world has officially begun its ascent into the tech drive, remote-based workforce, the tech industry will only continue to boom. If you are considering a career switch during the coronavirus pandemic, take a look at this handbook published by Career Karama. It can help you find your first job in the tech industry.
One of the best ways to learn the skills you need to succeed in the tech industry is by attending a coding bootcamp. These short-term intensive programs will take you from no experience to programming professional in less than a year. The growing popularity of these programs has led to the creation of new tech hubs in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Denver and Seattle, where once they only tech centres in the country were Silicon Valley and New York. Due to the reduced cost of living in the metro areas of these growing tech hotspots, many of the tech companies based in Silicon Valley and New York have been able to heavily recruit entire remote teams at a much lower cost.
While traditional tech educational routes of earning computer science, information technology or other programming-related degrees from a four-year university program—and even two-year programs at local city, community, or technical college—can come with a high amount of student debt, coding bootcamps can be completed at a fraction of the cost. Moreover, many of the schools that host bootcamp programs also offer online and self-paced options that allow you to learn your new programming skills from the comfort of your own home and on a schedule that works for you.
Even better, many of these schools, like Kenzie Academy, also offer flexible tuition repayment plans like income-sharing agreements, which allow you to apply, enroll, and finish your bootcamp and pay back the affordable tuition at a later date, when you have landed your first job in the tech industry.
Let's take a look at one of the fastest-growing fields in the tech industry—cybersecurity. This way, you will have a little more information on what to expect from an incredibly interesting and booming career.
Cybersecurity consists of the process of writing the code that helps safeguard a company's confidential information and data—and, more importantly, their customers' data and information—from any unauthorised access or malicious third-party cyber-attacks.
Cybersecurity Engineers are responsible for building this security infrastructure and putting it to the test through what is known as "white hat hacking." This is the process of attempting to break into a company's database to expose any potential security weak points so they are fortified in case of an actual cyber-attack from a malicious third-party hacker.
Cybersecurity is perhaps the fastest-growing field in the tech industry with projected job growth of 32 per cent by the year 2028. Cybersecurity Engineers make comfortable salaries, with the average entry-level position paying around $50,000 a year. More senior engineers can earn over $130,000, according to ZipRecruiter.