Hello from Matosinhos, Portugal. Today’s question: getting into tech with a non-technical background.
From My Twitter DMs
“My main concern is that my background isn’t related to tech, or close to it. I know that my background can be used as a skill in the future, but wondering what the recruiters might think of this career change concerns me.
I studied Customs Administration & Foreign Trade, and have been working in Finance and also in a mix between Agriculture and Commerce.”
What I Think
This is probably the number one question I get. People with non-technical degrees are worried they won’t succeed in tech.
The answer is no, you don’t need a degree at all; you need to learn.
I was a bartender before this (read about that time I was bartending and decided to become an engineer here), and I dropped out of college twice. I knew I wanted to write code, and I didn’t see what being good at Chemistry had to do with it, even though it was a requirement.
I still don’t.
More about this here:
— SheNomads (@SheNomads) September 28, 2017
Side note: if audio is your thing, I’m reading all the posts from SheNomads.com in a new podcast, and following up with some additional commentary.
Going back to this spot before I start writing code in the AM 👀 pic.twitter.com/DaXIgu8gKC
— SheNomads (@SheNomads) October 3, 2017