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There are many reasons why now is the perfect moment to switch to a tech career. Not only is it one of the coolest sectors to be employed in, but it is also where you can see what the world will look like years from now. Through a tech career, you can bear witness to the many technologies that are in the early stages and will change the world someday. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and augmented reality are only a few. 

You will be entering an industry in constant development, where your contribution could be what changes the world down the pipeline. Just imagine being the next Tony Stark. That’s incredible, right? These are some of the reasons why you should switch to a tech career before the industry becomes overcrowded.

High Demand

The demand for tech professionals right now is high. So much so that excess positions remain vacant. In the United Kingdom, many of the professions in the shortage occupation list are in the tech industry. Many companies here are partnering with educational institutions to encourage students to choose tech careers. There are many programs with flexible payment options and scholarship opportunities in the tech sector.

The number of people interested in a tech career will increase with time, and maybe in a decade, the need for tech professionals will no longer be as high as today. So, now is the perfect time to choose a tech career and start building a reputation in the industry. Take advantage of all of this opportunity and enroll in tech education so you can fill a high-paying job position. Plus, some courses only last for a few months and leave you with a degree in tech.

Tech isn’t Rocket Science

There is a belief that people who go into tech are some kind of geniuses. This hasn’t been true for a couple of years – anyone can learn to be a software engineer or web developer today. Almost every tech skill that is in demand is easy enough to learn for anyone with a high school diploma. It has become a trend in the industry, in fact, to learn through a coding bootcamp that only lasts a few months. These bootcamps offer lessons in anything from blockchain development to JavaScript or digital marketing. The tech industry is known by professionals who are self-taught. There are so many resources on the internet that are available for anyone interested in learning independently. There are also communities where other more experienced people help newcomers.

All of these flexible courses, free resources, and educational opportunities are in response to the shortage of tech professionals not only in the UK but all around the world. Employers in the tech industry want you to learn a tech skill to fill vacancies. But, this situation won’t last forever, so everyone should take advantage of the opportunity now.

Have an International Career

In my opinion, the best part of switching to a tech career is that you will have a skill that's useable anywhere around the world. Tech professionals are needed in every country, so once you've learned a programming language, your skill is transferable. Young people that haven’t decide on a career path are encouraged to employment in the tech sector to achieve their dreams.  A tech career path is for you if you want a job that allows you to travel, make an impact in the world, and escape the traditional nine-to-five office job.

Who hasn’t heard of the progressive Google offices with nap rooms and luxurious lunches every day? These kinds of perks are the norm in tech companies. By choosing a tech career, you will have the opportunity to apply to work for, literally, any company in the world. And as mentioned before, many companies don’t even require you to go to the office, remote positions are fairly common.

A Dynamic Industry

Last but not least, the tech industry is one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing in the world. New technologies are developed constantly, which means professionals have to keep up to date all the time. This constant change and innovation contribute to a fast working environment where workers have to think on the spot about everyday solutions and constantly think outside of the box.

Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.

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