It’s no secret that the tech sector is growing at such a substantial pace that every sector is changing the way they do business. An evolution of this size goes hand-in-hand with companies upgrading their IT infrastructure, as well as the personnel they hire to maintain it.
A greater reliance on technology sees the sector growing five times faster than the UK average, with 27% of all job growth in London being within the tech and digital sector. Surprisingly, the Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that the UK currently produces 90,000 STEM graduates a year yet a quarter of those go on to choose non-STEM careers.
At Austin Fraser, we recruit within the tech sector day-in, day-out and see first-hand the possibilities the industry has for everyone, from those looking to start their career to those with years of experience. If this wasn’t enough, we share another four reasons why tech should be a serious contender in your career choice.
Businesses are constantly evolving and as a result are directing more funds towards staff with a diverse range of IT skills, creating a wide range of opportunities. From data analysts, to game designers and project managers, the technology sector is a varied and exciting landscape.
Aside from job titles, technology touches nearly every industry, with companies ranging from pharmaceuticals to fashion and sports all needing IT specialists to drive their business forward.
In an age where remote working is more accessible, many businesses will offer flexible working options and provide additional opportunities for innovation. In Milkround’s recent Career Confidence Survey, work-life flexibility was cited as the most important factor for future roles.
Technology organisations such as Google are leading this change, by introducing programs such as the 80/20 principle. This gives staff time to create and develop their own projects alongside official company work. Seen as a way to keep companies ahead of the game, this principle is used to enhance skills, knowledge and imagination.
Accompanying the visible skills gap, women making up 17% of the UK IT workforce is never very far from the news. With the support of many organisations such as STEMettes, Young Rewired State and Code First Girls, the growth of digital innovation and equal opportunity for women is only set to increase.
The personal touch.
At a time when team fit is more crucial than ever before, most hiring managers will focus on the attributes an individual possess over practical skills. According to the Department of Business, 85% of hiring managers said that work ethic is a priority in permanent positions. Technology training can always be given to those who are hired; there will always be skills you can learn. By emphasising your communication skills, as well as organisations and planning capabilities, you are guaranteed to secure your next tech position, even if it is not where your direct expertise lie.
The tech world has shifted substantially from the stereotypical IT team in the basement. For those seeking a career in a sector brimming with innovation, creativity and invention, technology opens the door to a range of revolutionising opportunities, some of which will not have been created yet!