Figures released by Tech Nation show that the tech industry is currently expanding 2.6x faster than the rest of the UK economy, which, in turn, has led to an increase in jobs in the UK tech sector. Between 2017 and 2019, UK tech employment grew by 40% with tech jobs estimated to be 20x more in demand than creative.

This significant growth means that for many businesses there is a long way to go to bridge the skills gap to fill the growing number of roles. We know that there are many misconceptions that deter people from joining the sector, so we’ll be busting 5 of the most common myths about a career in tech.

You don’t need a degree

One of the most common myths about a career in tech is that you need a university degree, but you don’t. There are multiple pathways to a career in tech and a degree in computer science or a similar subject is only one of them. Employers want to see that you have the skills needed to succeed in the role and provide a solution to their problem.

For many of our students our academies are their first introduction to tech. Our Trainers support them through an accelerated learning programme to ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to secure their first role in industry.

You’ll get stuck in one career path

Career paths in the tech sector are endless and there is likely to be something to suit your preference. You’ll find that many of the skills requirements will be similar between roles so, if you have mastered the basic skills and are willing to learn, there’s nothing stopping you from switching roles.

There’s no room for creativity

You might not consider a career in tech creative in the same way you would others, but several tech roles require creativity. From web design to front-end development, being able to be creative and come up with new ideas is key to success.

You need to be a maths wiz

There’s no denying the fact that some tech roles require strong maths skills and those who naturally like numbers will have an edge. However, this isn’t the case for all jobs. For certain programming languages, such as JavaScript, problem-solving skills and logical thinking are more important. Or if you’re more creative than mathematically-minded, you might be suited to a design-based role. Remember, you don’t need to be the next Einstein to land a role in tech, there’s something for everyone.

Women aren’t interested in working in tech

Tech may be a male-dominated industry but that doesn’t mean that women aren’t interested. Only 17% of UK tech workers are women but many women say that it’s the lack of confidence or the perception that a career in tech wasn’t for people like them that deters them from joining the industry, as opposed to no interest.

Our academies aim to break these barriers by making tech accessible to everyone and allow individuals from all backgrounds to turn their passion for tech into a successful career, and for our Software Academy graduate, Rufaro, it did just that.

“I’ve wanted a career in tech since I was in sixth form but it didn’t feel as if women were encouraged to pursue a career in the industry. However, for me, I’m a problem solver and a creative so I knew I wanted a career in tech but wasn’t sure where to start. When I discovered the Software course, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do that.” 

If you want a career in tech, we offer academies Data Science, Software Development, and Cyber Security. For more information or to book a space on one of our future academies, visit our website. Or if you’re passionate about tech but need some advice on which academy best suits you, contact our team today.