IT is full of opportunities for both IT and non-IT experts. If you are passionate about the IT industry, but coding is not your forte, I can say with confidence that you can still enter the space.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to take a course as it will surely break your bank. There are other ways to enter the IT industry, which we are going to discuss soon.
How to Step-in the IT Industry with Non-IT Background?
Every career field has some stepping stones to climb before you become able to find the perfect job. It goes the same for the IT industry. Let’s call them preparations.
You can’t apply for any job and attend an interview at a company without knowing what you want to do in the first place. Imagine the interviewer asking you, “what do you want to do?”
What will you reply then?
You want to go to the IT industry, that’s for sure. But IT is a big space with many opportunities lingering in the air.
Which one do you want to stick by?
Let’s find it out….
Step 1: Make a List of Things You Are Good At
When I started my career in the IT world, I was good at two things: Data Entry and Fluent English. On that basis, I got a job in a lead generation where we have to find companies and fill their data (like contact information) in a software. You must be good at some things. Put them on paper. Don’t stick to one or two skills. Make a list of a few options to explore.
Here are the basic skills you might have:
- High Imagination
- Team Handling
After getting well-aware of your natural talents, look at the following popular IT jobs for non-IT people to see where you fit:
- Product Manager: responsible for the success of a new product launch and working in harmony with teams. Leading the team towards a common goal.
- Technical Writer: Responsible for creating content like blogs, web content, social media content, guest post, brochures, etc.
- Operation Manager: Look after getting day-to-day things done on time.
- Marketing Manager: Invent new ideas and campaigns to gather leads — handling teams of various departments like sales, content, online marketing, etc.
- Business Development: Get leads from online portals like Upwork or offline portals like direct contact.
- Content Manager: With the increasing demand for content by users and companies, IT firms are now looking for someone who can take care of the entire content part. The content manager plays the role by managing content, making sure all content holes are filled and delivered within the deadline.
- Customer Service: This is a direct way to stay in touch with consumers and their issues. All the while learning more about the IT world and future trends. Customer service sort out customer issues on calls and chats. They put relevant people in charge who can solve problems quickly.
- Data Scientist: Data scientist plays an important role in SEO and marketing. They collect valuable insights into website performance and user behaviour. Their data guides marketers in taking necessary steps before it’s too late.
Step 2: Attend Events
Free seminars take place everywhere these days, online and offline. Track down all IT-relevant events happening in your area and the online world as well.
E.g., software development, online marketing, graphic designing, etc. Experts teach them at every corner of the world for free. Jot down their dates and attend them to expand your knowledge in the IT space. I chased all seminars, coding, and non-coding. Even If I was not interested in coding, I learned a bit about it via events. I suggest you attend all of them to expand your knowledge and areas of interest.
Step 3: Read and Learn
Read books, talk with your IT friends if possible, check out magazines, or go for whatever option suits you well to gain maximum knowledge in the IT field.
Why you have to do so?
Because you want to enter in IT based on your talent, the more you read and learn, the more you know about yourself.
As you keep learning, you will notice that you are interested in some things more than others. After studying and analyzing all IT aspects, see where your natural flow is going and pick that up in your skillset.
E.g., if you like to communicate about various emerging technologies and their impact on users, marketing is an excellent option to nourish your talent with an IT dream.
Step 4: Get Certificate (Optional)
Once you are well aware of what you want to do with IT, you become passionate enough to give an interview. If you wish to get a certificate on some skills, join an online or offline institute at a low price to level up your knowledge. Or directly proceed with interviews and let things take their natural course. Or you can do both.
On one side, I was giving interviews to push my limits in writing. To know where I stand and where I have to go.
On another side, I was doing writing courses. I took Jon Morrow’s Online writing course during my career struggle.
Here are some benefits of getting certified by students and professionals:
Some popular online courses with certificates for non-IT people are:
- Google Analytics Course (SEO experts prefer it)
- Google’s Search Advertising Course
- Hubspot’s Content Marketing Certification (Content marketers & writers, online marketers prefer it)
There is more to look for as the web world is full of online education sites like Coursera and Udemy.
I would have shared some writing courses, but the sky’s the limit. I preferred Jon Morrow’s writing course. You can go for anyone you trust or like.
These courses escalate your skills, giving easier entry to the IT world, without breaking your bank.
Note: It is not necessary to have a certificate as I see many, without courses, playing big games in the IT world. They don’t have an IT background or any certification to validate their skills.
Step 5: Roll Your Dice in IT Firms
At this step, you are perfectly ready to hit the interviews at It firms with your skills, passion, knowledge, and glint in the eye to pursue with confidence. Give a vivid description of your skills and why you want to proceed with a particular career?. Why IT holds your attention more than any industry?
Describing “why’s” in the resume will leave a long-lasting impression on the recruiter. And if you could communicate the same along with details of moments when you consider IT as something one should proceed – no one can stop you from following your dreams.
The next step is to keep trying your luck mingled with struggle, experience, and non-stop learning. Try till you get where you want to be. After that, flourish with your skills and dream job.
Don’t take it for granted. Come back to us to share your experience, the IT job you find fit for non-technical people, and your struggles in going beyond.