Technical Career Paths
A technical career in IT and Software Development…sounds boring, right? I don’t think so…
In this blog I will talk about how a technical career in IT and Software Development can be the most exciting and fulfilling choice, and the limitless number of opportunities it can offer.
The starting point
When you think of a Software Developer the first thing that springs to mind is a lonely “computer nerd”, who works all by himself (yes, you probably thought about a man …..) and understands all the mysteries of computers and programming.
You couldn’t be further from the truth, and I talk from experience, having started my own career as a Software Developer over 20 years ago.
To get started into this amazing career, it helps if you have a technical degree such as Computer Science or Engineering. After that, the world is your oyster!
Where do you go next?
Technology is always changing, and so are the type of jobs and roles available, therefore it’s important to always upskill, stay abreast of new technologies, and equally critical is to understand where your strengths and preferences are.
After a few years of hands-on technical work, you might want to expand your horizons, and the choices here are endless.
- If you really enjoy the technical stuff and learning about new technologies, you can choose to become a Technical Business Analyst, the person who knows what’s possible with today’s technology, and specifies to management and the engineers what needs to be done.
Certifications are important, and CBAP is one of the most recognized. If you’re interested in a career as a Business Analyst and are thinking of taking the CBAP certification, look no further: https://aspira.ie/business-analysis/
- If you’re more people inclined, but like to stay in the technical sphere, you can move into a management position, people management or Project Management (and this is the sexiest career of all, as our CEO Pat Lucey likes to point out in his blog: https://aspira.ie/bringing-sexy-back-to-project-management/.
Again, certifications are important, and if this is the direction you’d like to take, I’d highly recommend a PM course, anything from a 1 day introduction to the full PMP certification: https://aspira.ie/project-management-courses/
These are just two examples of the exciting new paths your technical career can follow, and there are many more (Scrum Master, Agile practitioner, Six-Sigma consultant, …).
Don’t ever again think that a Technical Career is boring or limited, it is one of the best careers in the world, and it offers endless possibilities. So get started, upskill, follow your preferences, get certified, and enjoy!!!
Author: Stefania Sartori, Technical Recruiter, Aspira.