It’s a false and common misconception to think that the technology industry is only for geeks and nerds, and we’d be happy to debunk this myth.
First of all, IT (Information Technology) IS NOT JUST CODING. But wait, there’s more: IT is awesome! And we need more women here!
Everyone tells you that IT is only for men and that it only involves programming languages. Those people are wrong. Some say that technology is a great field to enter, but no one points out the different opportunities available for those who don’t want to code.
Tech is a vast field. Many departments contribute to the success of a software application. For example, you could be excellent at writing software, but if you can’t market the application, your exceptional programming skills won’t get you very far. Coding is just a part of IT.
Creating and launching an application requires responsibility from various areas, and some of them don’t involve coding. There’s design, testing, sales and marketing, operations, delivery, and many other departments, for instance.
You could turn your hobby into a career and your passion into a full-time job in tech. A social media marketing manager is a well-suited role in today’s tech industry.
Imagine designing an application. The design aspect wouldn’t require coding. You need creativity and the ability to place data on a small screen and make it presentable and user-friendly.
UX/UI design and graphics are one of those areas. There’s recruiting, which is also part of the tech industry. Recruiters possess a mix of different skills, and none of them involve programming.
Think of the technology industry as a large project that starts at point A and ends at point Z. In between, there are multiple stages and steps taken to reach the final outcome, and coding is just one part. IT companies have experienced significant advancements, and yet, changes keep coming rapidly.
There’s a lack of awareness about the various non-coding careers possible in technology. These jobs require a different set of skills, and knowing how to code wouldn’t help. Imagine you’re marketing an online tool like Zoom or Skype to a high school teacher. Could you sell your application to a teacher who just wants to take an online class to teach her students if you start talking about the tech stack used for the backend, frontend, and the platform where the application is hosted?
No, right? If a company doesn’t have the right group of people with exceptional sales and marketing skills, then regardless of the app’s quality, selling it and bringing it to the market would be nearly impossible.
Take social media, for example—even Instagram has an Instagram account. With the rise of small independent businesses, there’s a need for social presence for all organizations, big or small. Handling customer issues through social media, responding to messages, and posting about new features/services offered can make or break any tech company. It’s about brand image and knowing what to post and when.
There are organizations where a scrum master is paid more than an engineer who knows how to code. There’s a demand for collaboration more than ever, especially in times like these, where remote work is the norm. Managing projects, collaborating with multiple teams, resolving conflicts is a highly specialized skill, and being a specialist in this and performing these tasks day in and day out is no joke.
These were just a few examples, but there are many roles that require a completely different set of non-technical skills in the IT world. There are various domains and differing requirements, but the underlying responsibilities remain the same. Most of these jobs pay equally well and are in demand.
We invite you to think about what you’re passionate about and look for a position in the tech world that fits your skill set, so you can build a career around it because technology is no longer just about coding.
So, ladies, if the next time someone tells you they work in IT, don’t picture them sitting in front of a black screen with lines of pink and fluorescent green code. It’s time to start thinking about blending your career with technology!
PS: Maybe your next career opportunity in tech is with us! Check out our open positions here. We’re always looking for new talent.