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How to pivot into a tech career

Where once tech brought to mind things like system maintenance, computer programmes, software, and hardware, now it also encompasses artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, cybersecurity, and much more.

These days, the tech industry is a catch-all term for a very varied working environment which expands by the year, if not the month.

The industry is broadening at a dizzying pace and if you are side-stepping into it or returning after some time away it is reassuring to remember that even established tech professionals may not be as up-to-date as they might wish. So with dedication and some targeted up or re-skilling you can find yourself on an even playing field.

As with most industries, the global upheaval we’re experiencing is having an impact on tech. There are challenges as companies look to ‘right-sizing’ their operations after periods of investment and expansion. However, there are still plenty of solid opportunities, as the Finextra Job Board indicates.

Career paths

A report by Deloitte points that key growth areas within the tech sector are cloud and service-based IT: specifically hybrid, multi-cloud approaches, new-generation supply chains incorporating better resilience and visibility, collaborative solutions around hybrid working, and an increased focus on sustainability in the world of tech in general.

The opportunities are there, but it can be intimidating to move into a different career field. Keep in mind that many industries can be accessed via all sorts of career paths. Far from being at a  disadvantage, having work and life experience in other areas can be a bonus. You can bring a fresh perspective and a different way of working a problem – both of which can be valuable to a team and an employer.

Talk to people who do what you want to do. Do some networking, ask to meet them for a coffee, and make it very clear that this is not a pitch for a job, rather you respect their professional experience and would appreciate their advice. It will give you a rounded view of the realities of a role and they may be able to advise on what to focus your energies on, from upskilling to practical work experience. Then the rest is up to you.

Ready to make a move to your next role? Take a look at this trio of currently available tech jobs.

Crisis Senior Manager - Cyber Security, PWC, London

PWC is one of the largest professional services networks in the world. It offers a wider range of services in the financial world including audit, risk assurance, tax, and advisory roles and has locations globally. This Crisis Senior Manager role sits within the crisis team in PWC’s cybersecurity business unit. The unit runs cyber crisis management preparedness programmes that help clients to prepare, respond, and recover from disruptive events. In the role you will be supporting the team in this critical, expanding area. If you have a strong knowledge of cybersecurity and proven experience in working with an array of stakeholders along with excellent communications and business writing skills this may be the role for you.

Looking for a different opportunity? Check out further roles with PWC.

Senior Security Engineer (Cloud), Lloyds Banking Group, Leeds

Lloyds Banking Group is one of the largest UK-based financial services groups and offers an array of banking and financial services across its suite of brands. The Senior Security Engineer sits in the cloud services department and this is a hybrid role. The focus is on ensuring the appropriate security controls are in place to ensure bank services are safe, and also involves supporting programme timescales and business outcomes. If you have solid practical experience as a security engineer, along with public cloud experience including AWS, GCP, or Azure, and work well in a collaborative environment this could be the role for you.

If this is not quite the right position, investigate other roles with Lloyds Banking Group.

Federal – Full Stack Developer, Accenture, USA

Accenture is a global services agency working across areas including digital technology, operations consulting strategy, IT services, management and digital. If you are interested in taking up a role in America this Federal Full Stack Developer position located in Arlington, Virginia could be of interest. The position focuses on applying application design and development across multiple technology areas, configuring software products and systems to deploy code and collaborating within a project team to solve complex problems. You’ll need at least four years of experience in backend development with Typescript or NodeJSas well as knowledge of Microservice architecture and experience in creating microservices. 

Looking for something Europe-based? Check out other available roles with Accenture.

You’ll also find hundreds more opportunities across a wide array of industries on the Finextra Jobs Board.

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