“My friends always ask – how did you get a great job in IT when you studied Finance and Economics?”
For people outside the world of IT, it can seem like there’s no chance of ever entering that realm of software development.
But if you don’t start at the beginning, then where do you start?
We can help you switch careers
Da is a great example of how we can help anyone interested in software development make the switch.
He just graduated from University, not with a degree in IT or Computer Science, but in Finance and Economics!
After coming to us Da learnt everything he needed from the ground up, culminating in a job as a Data Analyst at StatsLab.
Before he started his new career, we caught up with him to ask him about his experience with Industry Connect and how we helped him.
How did Industry Connect help you secure your job?
First of all, I really want to give a big thanks to Industry Connect, because thanks to you guys, I got to know a lot of new people.
When you come to Industry Connect, you learn a lot of technical skills on the 6-week course, but then after you finish those 6 weeks, you have the chance to come into a real working environment to meet new people and really learn the way business works.
From there, if you really try and get along with people, then they are more than willing to help you with anything.
What would you suggest to people who want to get into the IT industry?
First of all, I’m not from IT background, so I think IT is growing fast like everywhere in the world. If you are interested in going into the IT industry technical skills are important, as in every job, but then other than invest your time in just technical skills, you might want to go out and socialise, improving in your social skills such as communication.
In that way you can develop your connection to people, and from those connections you can get opportunities like good jobs.
I mean a technical skill you can learn it along the way. When you get the job you always can improve your technical skills, but the problem is how to get the job in the first place. That’s when you have to invest your time in communication and getting along with other people.
You can always start with people around you, so like your friends or your family, just ask around “Hey I’m starting in IT, do you know any people that might be able to help me or can give me advice?”
That’s a really good way to start and then the second way is, you can go online. I mean social media now it’s like a very big thing and you can find anything on there, so just go on social media and do a little bit of research. You can easily find a lot of Facebook groups related to IT and related to the field of job your interested in. From there you can find the right people and feel free to reach out to them and they can help.
Would you recommend Industry Connect to everyone?
Yeah, 100%. I always go out to my friends and say “Hey I just got this amazing new job!” and then they always ask me like “Oh how could you do it, you finished University with a finance and economics degree, how you get a job in IT?”
“Oh yeah, so I went to this amazing Institute called Industry Connect!”
Check out Da’s interview after he secured the Data Analyst job
Come and talk to us if you want a career in the IT industry
If you’ve no experience in software development, but are interested in a career in the IT industry, then come and talk to us at Industry Connect.
Juanita Strydom, the General Manager of Industry Connect, will be online on Wednesday. Joining her with the Industry Connect team members, as well as the owners of successful software companies, all of whom are ready to answer any questions you may have.
The gang will explain who we are, what our programmes are, and how you can join us.
To secure your seat in the info interview session, simply click here and fill out the form and we’ll be in touch to confirm your invitation!
Your new career in the IT/Software industry is just around the corner!
What is Industry Connect?
We have been helping career changers, recent IT graduates and people with career gap to start their IT/software careers.
Over the years, we have helped hundreds kick-start an IT/software career. (Verifiable evidences are available on this website)
We are an innovative software training school backed by global/local software companies. Our ecosystem is an incubation process that supports our participants until they launch a tech career.
Our Job-Ready training programmes focus on,
- Software Development
- Business Intelligence (or Data Analyst)
- Test Analyst
- Six Weeks Training Classes (Practical Tech Skills)
- Three Months (or more) Structured Internship on Large Commercial-Scale Projects (Learning enhanced, flexible Hours)
- Employer Network (job analysis and internal referral if goals are met)
You can join us via Zoom (live face-to-face meeting) remotely from anywhere and "download" the valuable knowledge & experiences from our tech experts across different tech centres.