Making a career transition into the technology space can be a daunting task, especially if you have a background in a different industry. At Hollstadt, we like to say there is no better time than the present! If you believe in yourself, we believe in you. We’ve worked with individuals who have 10+ years of experience on the business side and come to us wondering how they can leverage their skills and experience to break into the tech field. If you too are wondering the same, here are some tips to help you make the transition:

Assess your current skillset: Take stock of the skills and experience you have acquired in your current career. Identify the skills that are transferable to the tech industry, such as project management, communication, and critical thinking skills. These skills are highly valued in the tech industry and can help you stand out as a candidate. At Hollstadt, we can help you pull out the right skills to highlight in your resume.

Up-skill yourself: The technology space is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Consider taking online courses or earning certifications in areas such as data analytics, cloud computing, or programming languages. When you work with Hollstadt, we have a whole library of on-demand training resources at your disposal.

Network: The tech industry is highly networked, and many opportunities are found through personal or curated connections. Attend industry events, join professional organizations, and connect with other IT professionals on social media. This will give you a chance to learn more about the industry and make valuable connections.

Be open to different roles and opportunities: The tech industry offers a wide range of roles and opportunities, so be open to different types of positions. Consider starting with a role that is not exactly what you want, but that can give you a chance to gain some experience before moving on to your desired role. You can also try taking on more responsibility within your current role or volunteering for an assignment that interacts more closely with the IT side of the company.

Leverage your business experience: Your business experience can be an asset in the tech industry. Highlight your experience managing projects, leading teams, and collaborating with clients in your resume. This will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a diverse skill set that can be applied to the tech field. Be sure to also include any technologies that you’ve worked with – even on the business side. Sometimes your business experience, and your understanding of what those users want, makes all the difference on an IT project.

Be persistent: Making a career transition takes time and effort, but with persistence and determination, you can achieve your goals. Keep learning, building your skills, and applying for jobs until you find the right fit. And lean on your Hollstadt recruiter to help you try different tactics or ideas throughout your job search.

Transitioning from business to the technology sector is a journey many professionals embark on, and it’s full of opportunities for growth and excitement! By assessing your current skillset, diving into new learning experiences, connecting with others in the industry, and remaining flexible and persistent, you’ll boost your chances of success. Hollstadt is here to be your trusted guide along the way, offering personalized advice and support to help you navigate this transition with confidence. Still not sure where to start? Reach out to hello@hollstadt.com to connect with a recruiter and take the leap towards your new career in the IT Tech field!