If you have a love of all things tech, but do not have the career to match it, perhaps now is the time to make a change.
One of the key elements for being great at your job is to be passionate about the thing you are doing. That is the bit you cannot learn or buy. You either have it or you do not. So if you have it, then why not harness it?
Read on to find out how you could soon take your hobby and turn it into your dream job.
Research the job market
Start researching what tech jobs are out there and think about which ones are of particular interest to you. That way you will have an idea of the number of jobs available in the niche you would like to get into.
Think about the things you read about the most, the areas of tech that really fascinate you. It could be the latest cell phone features or Microsoft’s interface updates that you are obsessed with, perhaps you cannot get enough of the latest cybersecurity or Artificial Intelligence news.
Once you have an idea of the area of expertise you would like to get into and the job role you would ideally like to fill, you can then look at what qualifications you need to secure that post.
You might decide to go back to college or get a university degree in your chosen subject. Perhaps you need to gain certificates in the different aspects of the tech industry you are looking into.
There are several options open to you, from attending an educational establishment in person to harnessing the many learning opportunities available online.
For example there are a wealth of cloud based jobs available right now, so if you find the world of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud particularly fascinating, you have a variety of cloud computing learning paths to choose from.
In the beginning there will be a bit of research and a number of decisions to make, but taking your time over this now will save any regrets later.
Take the Leap
Once you feel like your resume reflects the criteria required for your dream job, be brave and just start applying. The worst that can happen is they say no, but that at least gives you the opportunity to ask for feedback and improve for the next application.
In the meantime, while carrying out your research, working through your training or waiting to hear back from job applications, why not start sharing your expertise with the world?
Make yourself known as an expert in your field by setting up a website, writing a blog or just offering advice via social media. When you are coming from a place of no work experience in the technology field, being able to demonstrate to potential employers you do know your stuff will be a valuable tool.
One of the biggest barriers standing in many people’s way is a lack of belief in themselves that they can actually do it. So before you start, tell yourself you are capable and know that with the right training and proof of your tech genius, there is no reason you cannot soon be landing your dream job in technology.