Written by Natalia Saavedra
Are you looking to make a shift into tech? If your answer is yes, but you’re unsure how to begin that transition, we’ve got you covered!
Think about the skills you currently possess. While you may not necessarily “be in tech,” tech innovation is occurring in virtually every industry. Your current industry and role are undoubtedly connected to the tech world in some way or another.
Today various industries have been disrupted by tech, birthing tech adjacent industries and sectors such as AdTech, EdTech, HealthTech and FinTech, to name a few. So, let’s explore four of these sectors and viable hybrid positions that require little to no coding at all:
When you think about fashion and the impact it plays on your life, is tech somehow connected to that?
Influential fashion and tech innovators are increasingly looking for ways to work together to bring new fashion technologies center stage. Here’s an example: Google and H&M partnered to make a dress using your personal information. How cool is that?
If you’re looking to learn more about the fashion tech industry, TechCrunch is a good place to start. They have an entire section solely for fashion. Fashioning Tech is another site to place on your radar.
Creative technologist Madison Maxey is proof that both industries can merge in the name of innovation. In 2013, she created The Crated (now Loomia), a Brooklyn-based studio working on smart clothing. A few months ago, Loomia won TopShop’s wearable tech competition and announced a new partnership to make mass market smart apparel a possibility.
Whether you use the health app on your smartphone or FitBit, or use healthcare solution Oscar, it’s clear that tech is revolutionizing the healthcare industry. The impact of technology is evident in the way medical providers keep track of their patients to making health records electronic. At the moment, technology is not only saving lives and improving patient care, it is also providing greater access to healthcare through medical devices, software and alternative solutions.
Education is one of my favorite industries being impacted by technology (likely because I’m the social media strategist for 2020Shift and we’re creating a solution to remedy skills-based learning). The way 2020Shift utilizes technology to impact education is by teaching diverse professionals the skills they need to find a career they love in technology.
If you remember from my previous post, I didn’t go to school for marketing. Everything I’ve learned is partly thanks to the Internet. I love platforms like Coursera, Udemy and Lynda. These platforms place power at your fingertips. Think about it -- you have full control of when you take your classes, can collaborate in real time, highlight and take notes digitally, and learn at a pace that works best for you.
The finance industry is utilizing technology to make financial markets more efficient and effective. The amount of capital being placed in this industry is increasing at a tremendous rate.
But this is not surprising. How often do you carry cash nowadays? When you go to dinner with a group of friends and you don’t all want to pay with a credit card, how many times do you hear the phrase, “I’ll Venmo you!”
Platforms like Acorns allows you to invest your spare change; Mint helps you with money management and budgeting; My Money My Future/Mi Dinero Mi Futuro, an online financial planning platform dedicated to empowering Latinas to create wealth; and Kickstarter allows you to use technology to raise funds. And the list goes on.
If you're passionate about a particular industry and want to utilize tech to make an impact, you can do so! So, what are you waiting for?