Written by Jashonda Williams
You don’t need a computer science degree to work in the technology industry. Before the explosion of social media and more insight shared on what it’s like to work in the space, it didn’t seem like there was much room in the industry for anyone who didn’t know how to code.
But with the shift in definition, more and more people are looking to break into tech. The key to switching industries is doing your research and focusing on getting a foot in the door. If you want to switch into the tech industry, research the companies you’d love to work for and establish yourself as a credible voice in the industry. Building an online presence will be key to giving you a leg up when you have no experience. Next, network, network, and (yes) network. You’ll meet people in the industry you can ask questions, receive invaluable advice that will prepare you immensely on your first interviews.
If you’re wondering what jobs you can you apply for at a company like Twitter or Google that don’t require a CS degree, look no further. We’ve highlighted several viable -- and cool -- positions:
Content Creation Specialist
Content creation is a great way to learn the ins and out of the industry and a particular company. Content creation includes blogging, website content, video creation and branding, among other things.
Design can range from creating graphics to user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design. UX design is the idea of creating a better user experience. The goal is to create ease of usability, and accessibility to increase customer satisfaction. UI design is very similar in that it also works to create a better experience when your customers interact with your product. It has more of a focus on the aesthetics than the actual experience.
Graphic design is also a really good way to get your foot in the door. Most companies have a creative team to help with marketing.
Being a digital marketing specialist at a tech company can be exciting, especially if it’s still in the startup phase. Being a digital marketer requires you know search engine optimization, email marketing, website analytics and tracking, to name a few skills. Be sure to brush up on all of your skills before diving into the digital marketing market -- it gets competitive.
Market research is the process of collecting information and data on the wants, needs and preferences of your customers. This includes surveys, focus groups, sampling, and more. Companies never stop trying to meet the needs of their customers and improve their products so this could be a great way to learn more about the technology behind the business. Knowing the best practices in this field is key to being successful at any company.
Social Media Coordinator
Everyone from individuals to brands have social media accounts these days. Running a company’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat account can be a really exciting endeavor. Social media is a perfect cross between content creation and community engagement. But even with scheduling tools, social media is a constant job that never truly ends. It’s important to learn what it’s like, gain internship experience or brand and handle your own social presence like you would for your favorite company’s.
Technical writers are the ones who write copy and journals for companies that explain who they are and what they do. These writers exist for engineering firms, manufacturers and of course tech companies. If you are a really talented writer but don’t want to necessarily jump into reporting, this could be the way to go.
There are always options and alternative routes to landing the job of your dreams. Being a well-rounded professional will help you with any transition you’re looking to make, but it’s important to keep in mind that this requires extra effort on your part and continuous learning.
There’s a role everyone can play, no code (necessarily) required.
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