With our fourth edition, we offer profound insights that will help you succeed in your tech career in the UK. We also provide in-depth analysis of the skills and experience required to be a tech professional in the UK, the value of networking, strong job strategies to use, and a clearly stated viewpoint on the UK FinTech industry.
Hello, Technologists. Welcome to our fourth edition of Technologist Confidant, “Following your dreams- UK Tech Career”.
To give an overview of the magazine, we highlight a big question, “Why work in the UK technology sector?”. There are many possible reasons for pursuing a career in technology in the United Kingdom. Number one, the UK is a global hub for innovation and technology clusters; number two, rising numbers of tech roles; number three, increased salaries; number four, lucrative employee benefits; and many more.
Interestingly, the UK digital secretary, Nadine Dorries, also claimed, “The UK is enjoying a golden age in tech. Not only are we one of the best places in the world to start digital businesses, but there are countless opportunities for people to enter the sector and flourish in their careers. We’re working hard to open doors for people from all walks of life so that they can gain the skills and knowledge needed to make the most of our booming tech industry.”
So much for the motivation. However, what’s stopping tech professionals from turning these opportunities in their favour? The answer is straightforward: lack of a dynamic “career plan”.
Why is having career goals important?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it”- Peter Drucker.
As technology develops faster, slicker, smaller and funkier ways of doing things, there will always be new opportunities for inexperienced and established IT professionals. But those who put their career progression on autopilot or factor in annual raises or promotion opportunities only; are most likely to be filled with setbacks, missed opportunities and self-discoveries. You risk putting someone else in charge of your professional life without a career goal and plan to achieve it. And with it, ending up in a role you didn’t want, or worse — stuck in the same position.
At first, following your dreams in UK tech can be exhausting and demoralising. But this does not have to be the case. The perfect job hunting techniques can light you up on the inside, causing everything to fall into place. When that happens, you’ll be more familiar with the indicators of success within your profession. However, if the job does not match your career goals, move on. Job fit is essential to your professional success. If you believe your current work is no longer a suitable fit, you should leave and look for a better one. Life is too short, and your career is even shorter, for you to settle for a job you despise. Consider every employment an opportunity to learn something new and relevant to your career goals.
How Technologist Confidant Benefits You
In Technologists Confidant’s latest edition, we aim to help technologists understand the UK tech job market, the finest tips to crack interviews, strategies for your first 90 days, an insider’s perspective and inspiring stories of international talents in UK technology.
Here are how this edition is set out to enable your career progression:
- You can identify and set your career goals. If you don't know where you are going, it's hard to reach a destination. A comprehensive overview from an insider's lens will certainly give you an edge. Knowing which sector in the UK technology is on demand, hiring practices, and collective information will help you set a career goal and start working toward it. Your goals may change as you keep progressing and achieving them, and that's ok, but stay focused on your career development. Your career goals will guide you in the right direction.
- Acquire the skills that you need. Having set your career aspirations, you'll be able to draw up a list of skills you need to improve upon or acquire to reach your career goals. Our website contains breakthrough articles to help you identify them if you still don't know what they are. Once you have identified those skills, determine what training or resources you may need to see progress.
- You can network well using LinkedIn. Building strong relationships with key stakeholders, both internal/external, is an integral part of taking control of your career. The more extensive your network, the more people you will have who can vouch for you and provide you with referrals or recommendations as you travel along your career path.