Is A Degree Necessary For A Career In Technology?
You are the one everyone runs to when their PC shows the slightest of issues in normal functioning. You feel an irresistible urge to read about and buy the latest gadgets and computers and software doing the round. If the above statements remind you of yourself, technology might be your true professional calling. How about carving a profession in the same? Too sad you don’t have a technical degree. But does that put an end to your plans of being a successful technology professional? Or are there ways, in which you can still accomplish your goals? This post examines the same.
A post published in the reputed business magazine Forbes.com talks about jobs of the future, which wouldn’t require an individual to possess any college degree. The article quotes the study of BLS or Bureau of Labor and Statistics to reveal that most of the jobs of the future will be “low-skilled,” if you define low-skilled as not requiring college.” Plus, these will be jobs that will pay you a handsome sum for the efforts that you put in. So that goes out to say that there can be successful careers without a formal college education. However, does this apply to technology too? And if yes, then how or what are those ways?
There Are Some Crazy Success Stories
There are quite a few significant examples of individuals who went on to achieve great heights without a proper college degree. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple is one, while the other is his direct competitor Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. Both didn’t have a technical college degree, but still, they shaped the future of technology for millions and led it to be the way we know it now. These are legends, and as they say, legends are not born every day.
Nevertheless, we have other famous names that come in the same category like Mark Zuckerberg, the famous hoodie-lover co-founder, and owner of Facebook who dropped out of Harvard to make history and hordes of cash. That still, doesn’t happen to everyone. While these dropouts show that it’s fully possible to achieve wild success without traditional schooling, they are still the outliers. What about those who don’t want to be an entrepreneur? Is there any way to find a technology job without a college degree?
Making It Big Without An Engineering Degree
There are many notable examples where people with a degree in liberal arts have gone to make it big in technology. Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and one of the earliest investors in Facebook majored in Philosophy before finishing law. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield has a degree in philosophy, which has helped him be a better writer and debater. Parker Harris, the man in-charge of all things technical at Salesforce never received a formal tech education, graduating in English literature at Middlebury.
Whether their education was of any help to them in this journey to the top is a different topic of discussion altogether. However, what is again clear is that people from a varied background can find their calling in tech. What is even more heartening to know is that this industry is highly accommodating and has roles and rewards for people from all walks of life.
It’s All About Being At The Right Place At The Right Time
The technology sector is booming, and demand for talent is a big advantage that job seekers have right now. When the outlook is optimistic, and the economy recruiters also take it easy and job seekers have an easy time convincing them. There are a number of startups that are willing to overlook the lack of a technical degree as a disadvantage and give sheer talent and passion a chance. Some of these startups even purposely hire candidates who have not gone through the traditional route and learned tricks of the trade by own. These recruiters put greater emphasis on initiative and raw talent than anything else. A definite benefit of hiring such candidates is their ability to pick things on their own. Such professionals can work through problems and teach themselves. Getting hired depends on your ability to be at the right place at the right time.
First, you must get this straight. It takes years of self-directed learning, self-discipline and high level of independent thinking. Taking courses from online resources like Coursera, EdX and Udemy is an important step, but contributes only a fraction to what it takes to achieve success. Such individuals know their strengths and weaknesses, and figure out a way early on to market their skills. It is surely difficult to get that first foot in the door, but persistence and patience pay off. Initial days will be spent writing to companies, and literally asking for work experience. Networking with friends and friend of friends also might help you connect with a possible work opportunity.
There Is Hope For Everyone
Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal, writes in the New York Times, “Indeed, learning should be done throughout life, and technology creates more ways to learn every year. Before long, spending four years in a lecture hall with a hangover will be revealed as an antiquated debt-fueled luxury good,”.
He practices what he preaches. The Thiel Foundation, his brain-child, offers 20 scholarships of $100,000 each to skip college and focus on their work for two years. If you talk about inspiration, one couldn’t ask for more. Besides, there are jobs galore in IT industry, all you need is to look for them in the right places.
Going to college doesn’t necessarily mean you will succeed, and dropping out of it doesn’t equate to failure. One must stop the promotion of this dichotomy and help spread the word for self-directed learning.https://www.oklifecoaching.com/is-a-degree-necessary-for-a-career-in-technology/https://i0.wp.com/www.oklifecoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/Career-In-Technology.jpeg?fit=1024%2C768&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.oklifecoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/Career-In-Technology.jpeg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1CareerYou are the one everyone runs to when their PC shows the slightest of issues in normal functioning. You feel an irresistible urge to read about and buy the latest gadgets and computers and software doing the round. If the above statements remind you of yourself, technology might be...Saurabh Tyagi [email protected]ContributorSaurabh Tyagi is a blogger and a professional career author with proven expertise in writing for topics related to jobs, job trends, different job opportunities, various workplace and industry information, tips and strategies for job seekers. You can follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.OK Life Coaching