5 Routes into a Lucrative Tech Career

Jobs in the tech industry are not difficult to find, but if you are just starting out and you have no qualifications apart from a passion for all things tech related, it can be a bit overwhelming. So where do you start?

Many people are attracted to a career in tech because they think it pays well and there is plenty of scope for career advancement. Well, they are right in many respects: there are lots of jobs in tech and it is generally well paid. However, although there are plenty of employment opportunities, the route you take will have a big effect on your career development, so it pays to plan your strategy with care.

A Tech Degree

Studying for a degree in a tech subject is certainly a popular route for many younger people. There are many tech subjects to choose from, including computer programming, computer science, computer engineering, and more specialist fields. However, whilst a good degree from a top university in a technology related subject will enhance your career prospects, it won’t guarantee you get a job.

Self-taught Skills

Self-taught skills gleaned from online tutorials, other web-based resources and books are all useful. Talented individuals can teach themselves how to program and write code without achieving a recognisable qualification. This is actually a good route into a tech job because it shows you have motivation and can think outside the box, but it will be helpful to gain a qualification in your chosen field if you want to move up the career ladder.


Apprenticeships enable students to learn on the job whilst getting paid. IT firms offer apprenticeships in many different tech related fields, including website design and social media marketing. You won’t necessarily need any previous experience to be accepted on to an apprenticeship, but you will have to demonstrate basic skills, including maths and English, plus an interest in the tech area you are applying for.

Higher National Diploma

Higher National Diplomas are a step below a degree. This is a good route for younger people who are interested in pursuing a career in tech, but who are not sure whether they want to go to university. Level 2, 3 and 4 HND courses are available in various tech subjects, including software development and programming. Three ‘distinctions’ on a Level 3 course is the equivalent to three A level passes at A grade, which will enable you to apply to university.

Sign Up for a Specialist Training Course

Older students, or those already working in a tech-related field, might prefer to add to their qualifications and skillset with a specialist training course. Companies such as Comm Support Networks offer specialist courses in various disciplines, including CISCO network protocols and Microsoft Certification. This type of qualification is useful if you want to boost your earnings or improve your employment prospects. 

Don’t rush into a career path without considering your options carefully. Some routes, such as university, are prohibitively expensive, so it is worth considering other avenues before you apply.


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