Tech Career Guide for Beginners

 

Starting a new career is often daunting and appears difficult. Particularly for women in tech. We know that despite the slight change in the industries tone regarding gender discrimination, there remains a huge difference in tech career opportunities for women. But there are still many opportunities just lying there for you to find out.

Today, we will give you a complete guide on how you can start a career in tech with no experience at all and be able to land big jobs.

First, entry-level tech jobs require learning some technical knowledge and coding skills, in return they will give you a great experience that you will need for a successful tech career earning six figures.

We will talk about 10 different tech jobs below. You can start your job hunt today by searching these in the search bars of LinkedIn and other career platforms. But first, let's talk about the skills you must have before applying to these jobs.

What kind of tech skills do you need to have?

Number one technique to land a dream job is learning the skills you know your dream job or company requires. Employees love confidence in candidates who are specifically learning a skill required of them. The drive to learn in an individual shows a lot about how big an asset they could be to a company. You do not need to be a pro at them, as long as you are willing to learn, you are in.

Don’t get afraid of the long list of job requirements and qualifications, they are merely a wishlist for the perfect candidate. Often, candidates will only fill a third of all of these requirements.  Hence, when you see “must have 3 to 5 years’ experience” or a long list of programming languages you should be an expert at, do not worry about whether you have those skills or experience right now. All you must care about is whether you feel capable of performing the job as a whole or not. Then, make sure you emphasize the skills you do have, and how those skills make you the best candidate.

Top 10 Tech Jobs, you need to search for

Here is the list of a few entry-level tech jobs which do not require a ton of experience but are a great place to start. Note that, most of them don’t require the traditional tech knowledge you would probably expect. However, they are still part of top tech careers.

1. Data Analyst

Data analysts collect data and information to find insight on specific topics. They start by collecting data through various methods, such as surveys. Then, they compile the data, interpret it, and present it in more user-friendly formats (like charts or infographics). It is also their job to identify where improvements might be made to processes based on hard data and to identify trends in data they collect.

There are many great opportunities for women in this dimension.

Required Skills

  • This job usually requires proficiency with databases, programming languages like JavaScript or XML, and data mining and segmentation processes

  • Design skills are a plus, since presenting your analysis in an easy-to-understand way is crucial, and helps demonstrate proficiency

2. Digital Marketing Manager

Digital marketing managers oversee the digital and social media marketing for a company or brand. Their focus mostly includes increasing sales, brand awareness, and customer loyalty. They have to manage all the company’s customer-encountering online platforms, including websites, social media profiles, advertising, and other communications.

Digital marketing managers are on the front lines of discovering new avenues for digital promotion. They also have to assess the effects and results of new sites, social media platforms, and technologies. They must decide whether they are a good marketing solution for the brand.

Required Skills

  • You need to be quite familiar with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing (SEM). Other skills include experience with conversion tests and experiments

  • Proficiency in marketing database apps, email, social media, and online advertising is a huge plus!

3. Digital Analyst

Digital analysts collect, analyze, and interpret digital marketing data. They are required to create and identify key performance metrics and quantify different approaches’ effectiveness. They also get involved in A/B testing, customer feedback and research, and other marketing data collection tasks. Good digital analysts usually have a mix of technical skills, analytical skills, business, and marketing skills.

Required Skills

  • Digital analysts must have a thorough knowledge of metrics apps like Google Analytics, as well as the tools necessary for A/B testing and customer research

  • Basic HTML and CSS skills are also required since it makes testing much more efficient (so the minor changes don’t have to be done through a designer or developer)

Pro-tip:

You can learn HTML and CSS through any free coding camp to get this ideal entry-level tech job for beginners.

4. Web Editor

Are you passionate about writing and editing and have some tech skills? Web editor might be the perfect position for you. Consider this opportunity as one of the best entry-level tech jobs for non-techies. Many websites publish content on a daily basis, whether it is in the form of blogs or descriptions.

A web editor oversees the uploading, formatting, and optimization of the content for visitors. The web editor is also a part of the editorial team sometimes, helping to revise articles to make sure they’re better formatted for digital readers.

Required Skills

  • Strong knowledge of content management systems specifically WordPress and Squarespace and some copywriting skills

  • SEO experience is a plus since many sites are increasingly interested in optimizing their search presence

5. Web Content Manager / CMS Manager

This role is closely related to the web editor role. The main distinction is that while a web editor might actually edit the content, the web content managers (aka CMS managers) are just responsible for the formatting and optimizing content for user-experience.

These roles often exist at larger e-commerce or media sites where there is a lot of content to upload, publish, and refresh. This is a great role for someone who is thorough and likes getting things organized. It is also a great role if you wish to move into a digital editor or copywriter role in the future, but your writing skills need improvement.

Required Skills

  • Strong knowledge of how content management systems work, especially WordPress

  • Experience with Excel and/or other spreadsheet programs, attention to detail, some SEO knowledge is a plus

6. Content Marketing Manager

Content marketing managers oversee the marketing-focused content of a brand, including writing blog posts, newsletters, white papers, and sometimes social media posts that align with the company’s strategy and mission. They also endorse that content, often in collaboration with others on the marketing team.

Required Skills

  • Being creative and innovative. Able to come up with new and fresh ideas for marketing and content promotion

  • Some basic HTML and CSS skills for creating email campaigns as well as formatting blog posts and articles is a must

  • Basic know-how of WordPress, since there’s a good chance that’s what you’ll be publishing content with WordPress which is by far the most popular content management system (CMS) in the market

7. Social Media Manager / Social Media Coordinator

With the rise in content marketing, social media management started to qualify as a proper tech job. Social media roles are a great start for someone interested to make a career in digital marketing. To excel as a social media manager, you will have to get a hold on pulling data and reports, organizing social calendars, and tracking patterns to devise strategies for growth. If you have a working knowledge of design and writing skills, many of these roles will be a piece of cake for you.

Required Skills

  • Attention to detail, a catchy eye for social media trends and copywriting skills

  • Basic knowledge of analytics tools and data interpretation

  • Some experience with social media scheduling tools such as Buffer, MeetEdgar, HubSpot, Later, etc.

8. Web Developer

Web developers create the code that powers websites and web apps with programming languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Python. They maintain and scale sites as they grow and evolve over time. Some web developers work alongside designers, while others take on both roles. Hit the keywords like “Junior Web Developer” or “Jr Web Engineer” into the search bars of job-hunting websites to get related jobs.

Required Skills

  • Able to interpret designs and implement them according to the designer’s specifications is a crucial skill that developers must-have, regardless of coding language type they’re working in

  • You must also be extremely good with deadlines

9. Web Designer

Web designers work as assistants or apprentices to more experienced designers on a team, helping with the formatting of weekly newsletters, generating assets for various presentations or projects, or designing smaller sites. Web designers work with HTML & CSS as well as within creative programs like Photoshop for creating wireframes, mockups, and site assets.

Required Skills

  • Some working knowledge of design fundamentals, creating mockups (likely via the Adobe Creative Suite. A print design experience is a huge plus. Basic knowledge of how HTML & CSS work

  • Guaranteed success if you’re well versed in responsive design, which is the state-of-the-art these days

 Digital Strategist

Digital strategists join forces with other team members on the long-term goals and strategies of a brand. This includes ideas and recommendations for the specific methods used to implement that strategy. It is a great position for an innovative and co-operative individual.

Digital strategists work very closely with the marketing, sales and product teams.

Required Skills

  • To become a digital strategist, you will need to learn a few basic tech and digital skills

  • Must have knowledge regarding online advertising, creating HTML emails and email marketing, social networking, metrics, and analytics programs.

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Tayyaba Qamar