Preparing for a Career in Coding

Technology is intrinsically bound up in our present and future lives. Our new digital world is underwritten by code: it’s the universal language of the 21st century and for those who can combine coding with creativity the possibilities are almost limitless.

New Year, New Career

January is traditionally a time when people look for a new job – the famous cliché of New Year, New Career. Yet as we go into 2016, we at Be-IT know there will be continuing skill shortages across almost all major IT disciplines.

That’s one of the reasons we have sponsored a scholarship at CodeClan for those who want to get into IT by learning how to code.

Once you’re trained, we can certainly help you to get a good job – but you need those skills in the first place.

It’s about willingness to learn

It’s important to stress that you don’t actually need to have any coding experience or skills to get a place on a CodeClan course. What matters is that you have a genuine desire to work in tech and learn to code. CodeClan gives us a great avenue down which to steer such aspiring techies.

Preparing for your first job interview

We are often asked by people who clearly do have a genuine interest in developing a career in tech for advice.

There are no end of articles online that will tell you how to create an outstanding application, sail through your interview and then engage with your new colleagues as you climb the ranks in your career.  But how do you decide which interview tips are best, what are the right clothes to wear and how should you conduct yourself at an interview? If pressed, we’d say that there are a few simple rules to follow…

1) Do your research – if you’re applying to CodeClan, use their website and attend an info-session to find out more about their employer network and where the career opportunities are.

2) Know who is interviewing you – once qualified find out as much as you can about the firm you are applying to and the people who will be interviewing you.

3) Find out what is expected at the interview – how long it will be and what form it will take (panel, one-to-one, group interview or whatever).

4) Check if there is a dress code – you need to wear whatever is appropriate for the interview in question. Techies don’t do ties as a rule, but if you’re being interviewed by a CEO for a senior post then perhaps it might be appropriate. In these equal opportunities times it should not make a blind bit of difference, but from our experience dress code still makes an impression. So ask – it will show you plan ahead.

5) Make sure you meet all the deadlines – for the application, for the interview and for any subsequent interviews or follow-up questions.

Finally, for those who aspire to learn coding and move into the tech industry, even if you have no qualifications or experience and no matter where you’ve previously worked, your career to date may well have given you transferrable skills of great value to a potential employer. These are well worth stressing: candidates need technical skills but they also need interpersonal and managerial skills and if you can demonstrate them so much the better.

For now, if you do happen to be looking for a route into Scotland’s booming tech sector, apply for our Scholarship and in about 5 months time you could be about to start your first job as a junior software developer.

Best of luck!

Guest post by Be-IT Resourcing, our scholarship sponsors for cohort 3