Continuing education is the key to your best tech career
Interested in boosting your tech career? Education is the key. Whether or not you’ve earned a degree, rapid innovation in the tech industry means you need to keep learning if you want to keep your skills up-to-date and relevant to employers.
As described in Dice’s massively updated Ultimate Guide to a Successful Technical Career, no matter what specialty and educational path you have chosen, you should use this training to inform your short to medium term career goals. . What do you need to know to be successful in your job right now? What could come in handy if you want to take on a bigger job, like management? Assess your needs and train accordingly. In today’s rapidly changing landscape, staying up to date on the latest tools of your trade will help you ace that next interview — and ensure success in your new role.
Those with advanced skills may find themselves moving up the pay scale quickly and potentially avoiding potential layoffs in the future due to their specialized knowledge. Even in times of economic uncertainty, companies want to retain their qualified specialists and technologists.
Fortunately, a good employer is as interested in your education as you are, because it makes you a more valuable employee. Even if your manager seems reluctant to negotiate a pay rise (more on that later), they may be willing to pay for courses and other training opportunities that enhance your current skills. E-learning courses, for example, can offer flexible scheduling that allows you to juggle work and education.
Popular organizations and courses:
- Udacity: Covers a variety of technical topics, with free and paid courses.
- Course : Offers degrees and certifications from many institutions, including tech giants like Google and IBM.
- Udemy: A huge online learning portal with courses at different price points.
- Codecademy: Offers all kinds of coding courses (with two levels for individuals, one free and one paid).
- Leetcode: Includes practice questions for technical interviews. Widely regarded as an invaluable resource for job applicants.
- Exhibitor: Includes interview preparation for everything from data science and software engineering to product management and system design.
The options described above are in addition to any websites that offer deep dives into specific areas, such as Python.org’s introductory materials for Python development. Before starting any training program, make sure you have the time and resources to pursue it fully, and see if your manager is potentially willing to pay all (or some) of the bills.