Mind the Skills Gap: Our four quick tips for breaking into the rising Technology Sector

Breaking into the booming tech sector has perhaps never been so attractive as we enter the new digital normal. Read our top four tips on how to stand out.

2020 has been a very testing time for everyone as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to change the way we work and live our lives.

Whilst we adapt to this ‘new normal’, with increased workforces being advised to stay at home, the need for reliable and fast internet connectivity continues to soar, and in its wake, a big shift in demand for online services.

In fact, as a result of lockdown restrictions, over 85,000 businesses have developed and launched new online services* in order to continue providing services to customers, whilst 60% of the population worked from home** and relied on digital platforms from video calling to cloud sharing.

As businesses introduce new digital processes, it has driven a demand for digital expertise, leaving 70% of businesses struggling to recruit the talent they need***.

The rise in demand for digital experts has worsened the already large skills gap in the technology sector. However, this also means that there has never been a more ‘perfect time’ to join the industry, and it may not be as hard as you think…

How do I join the tech industry?

There are a huge variety of roles in the tech industry, so by enhancing your digital skills you are opening yourself up to a whole world of opportunities.  

To mark National Coding Month – an initiative that raises awareness for children and adults about learning new skills and confidence in acquiring digital skills – we wanted to share four quick tips for anyone who wishes to start a career in this industry:

  • Training – from online courses such as Codeacademy to free tutorials on YouTube, there are plenty of ways to develop your skills and get a feel for what it’s like working in the industry
  • Engage – enthrall yourself in all things tech by keeping tabs on industry developments and new technologies. Employers look for passion so it’s important to show enthusiasm
  • Contacts – networking and building contacts can open new doors and opportunities. Update your LinkedIn profile, join industry groups and share your own insights on the latest trends
  • Have a go – nothing can replace real, hands-on experience. Experiment with free platforms such as WordPress or Wix and discover where your interests lie
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Lloyd Felton, chief executive of County Broadband, said: “Lockdown has turbocharged the move online with companies relying on websites, apps and other innovative digital services to support their customers and grow their business.

“The demand for digital skills continues to outgrow the supply of talent, creating the perfect time to join the exciting tech industry. As part of National Coding Month, we hope to raise awareness of the opportunities, variety of roles and career prospects on offer to passionate tech enthusiasts.”

Like most things, if you have an interest in a subject, it will motivate you to find out more. Demi Amass recently joined us as a Communications Assistant after completing her degree in events management.

Demi said: “I’ve always had an interest in technology and how it has become part of everyday life from binge watching our favourite films, streaming the latest albums and now video-calling and working remotely. This is what attracted me to look for jobs in the tech industry.

“It’s a fascinating time to join the industry and, as a company with exciting ambitions to ensure homes across the region can access faster broadband speeds which we rely on more than ever, County Broadband presented the perfect opportunity to get stuck in.

“In my new role I will be responsible for keeping villages up to date as we build our new networks and I will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve further qualifications in digital marketing.”

The technology industry is one of the most dynamic industries you will come across. So why not take the plunge and explore the opportunities that are out there?

* Growth Intelligence report, 2020

** Working from home, Finder 2020

*** Solving the UK Skills Shortage, Robert Walters 2018