As career direction coaches we’re increasingly being contacted by people who have been made redundant, struggling doing their current role from home, or furloughed. All of these people have one thing in common, they want to change what they are doing. They want a complete career change.
With this in mind, when Artur Meyster, contacted us offering us a guest blog, we jumped at the chance! We were keen to see what Artur had to say because we know this pandemic is leading us to rely more and more heavily on technology, and with coding being increasingly taken by our year 10s to year 13s in schools and colleges, his expert opinion is more relevant than ever.
American, Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps.
The current state of the workforce is a state of disarray. Our society has never seen anything as disruptive as this throughout history and millions of people have been laid off as a result of the pandemic. Interestingly enough, the pandemic has forced many companies to move remotely and some of those companies are considering staying that way.
That being said, the job market is changing to reflect this remote work trend in a new and unique way. Below are three amazing career paths that are set to survive long into the future and prove that Covid-19 isn’t changing the workforce completely. Follow one of these careers if you’d like to set yourself up for a powerful career in the future.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineering as a field is set to grow at a rate of 21 percent by 2028 alone. One of the largest reasons why this field is extremely resilient is due to the development of mobile devices and the apps that are on those devices. As the amount of smartphones plugged into the Internet continues to rise, the need for app developers will too.
If a stable career with a large number of potential jobs interests you, then consider becoming a software engineer. Arguably, the biggest skill required to become a software engineer is a knowledge of programming. From that point, any budding software engineer can do anything from web development to building systems for companies.
You will certainly need knowledge of programming languages, but the best part about programming and coding is that they can be self-taught. Alternatively, some of the top coding bootcamps offer specialized programs that can prepare anybody for a job in coding within a matter of months. This accelerated timeframe has made previously rigid careers accessible to all.
You may not have any interest in coding or programming and that is perfectly alright. You may never have realized it, but coding isn’t necessary to launch a tech career. For example, data science is a growing field that previously required higher levels of education, but now that demand is on the rise, anyone can break into the field.
Some of the most common skills you would need for this field are problem-solving abilities, an understanding of the relationship between data and analytics, and knowledge of calculus as well as algebra. Metis is an amazing trade school that can teach any student anything they need to know about data science.
As mentioned, there is incredible demand in this field. In the past, a master’s degree was required to enter the field. Schools like Metis, though, can give you a credited degree that will allow you to enter the field. Heading into data science has never been this easy. Jumping on this chance now may set you up better in the post-pandemic job market.
This is a tech job that requires very little technical knowledge. Truthfully, if you have an artistic side, then web design, also referred to as UX design, could be a potential career path for you. Web developers create the backbone of any given website but the UX designers are the people who make it appealing to visitors. What’s best about this field is that coding is not required, and the skills needed can be learned at a web design bootcamp.
All one needs to understand is how to use design software, as well as web-hosting platforms, and maximize user experience. UX design is a field that is not often entered by many people, which means that this is a growing field that has not caught the attention of the general public yet.
The world is changing faster than ever before amidst the pandemic and the job force will continue to change drastically. Not every career path will survive in the future of work. However, those based around tech are sure to remain steady for years to come. Don’t choose or settle for a career that will be dead within the next few years. Rather, find one that will survive for the foreseeable future due to its resiliency. Relying on one of the three above careers is a great way to achieve this.
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.
We hope you enjoyed the guest blog and you’ll agree with us it is a great insight from an American perspective, relevant to us in the UK.
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