4 pieces of tech career advice to my younger self
by Charlotte Knill, cyber blogger & computer forensics analyst
Technology has come a long way since I left school. I didn’t actually decide that I wanted a career in tech until 5 years ago when I was in my last year of sixth form. Knowing what I know now about careers in tech, I would have loved to have given my younger self some advice. But instead, I really hope this advice helps you see why a tech career can be such a great opportunity.
Don’t assume a career in tech is boring
Tech has come a long way from when I was at school and the career opportunities are endless. There are so many branches of technology you can go into, for example, if you really like social media you could get a tech career that focuses on that, or if you are creative and like designing things you could be a web or app designer. You could even protect the country from hackers and cyber criminals like me (and no, we don’t all fly around in sports cars like James Bond I’m afraid). There are so many opportunites in tech, I could go on forever.
Don’t be afraid to do something different to everyone else
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but I know it can be hard when it feels like almost everyone around you is wanting to do more familiar jobs. There’s also nothing wrong with being different.
Don’t think “I’d never be able to do that” about tech careers
I had a habit of doing that and I would always end up lowering my own confidence. But when I was at university I realised that nobody knows everything about technology – there’s simply too much of it! It’s just going to keep growing too. When I tell young people what I do for a living they instantly say, “I’d never be able to do that, it’s too hard”. I then always ask them if they have tried. The answer is always ‘no’. So, don’t say you can’t do something unless you have tried it. You’ll be surprised what you can do when you try.
I never asked questions when I was younger because I was too shy. I always thought I would be the one who asked a silly question. Now I realise there’s no such thing as a silly question and that’s how I learn as I work – I ask lots of questions. When I was at school and university there weren’t many role models I felt I could relate to and ask question to, so I always encourage people to ask me as many questions as they would like – I’m always happy to help.
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