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Why more Tech companies are hiring without the need for a university degree


One of the biggest misconceptions people have when thinking of beginning a Career in Tech is that you need to be degree level educated. This couldn’t be any further from the truth, and yes whilst some companies do require a speciality degree for roles, it isn’t true for them all. In recent years, the number of tech roles requiring a degree has massively decreased, bringing about wider-ranging opportunities to a much bigger talent pool.

You may be thinking to yourself, why is this? Well, the answer is simple. The tech industry has adapted.

The Introduction of Academies

It would make sense to kick things off by talking about a space we excel in. The introduction of academies has changed the way people access a career in the tech industry. Through industry-leading training, providers like TechTalent Academy can provide industry recognised certifications, skills and employability workshops, all aimed at kickstarting a career in tech. Did we mention it’s Free and Fully Funded courtesy of our Local Authority and Government Funding Partners?

In as little as 12 weeks, yes – you heard that right, 12 weeks, people can gain all the skills necessary to secure a tech starter role.

The industry is shifting. It’s no longer a requirement to spend years in education, racking up thousands of pounds of debt and feeling like you could have done more with your time when you come out on the other side. Academies provide a viable route to start your journey in tech quicker and easier than ever.

Adopt a Never Give Up Attitude

Most companies indeed advertise their tech roles looking for ‘Degree’, ‘Graduate’ level candidates, the truth of the matter is that if you have the right attitude, drive and skillset you’re probably in with just as good a chance as anyone else. A can-do attitude could be the difference between getting the role or not. You’d be right to think that experience and qualifications help, but amongst the most important things for a would-be employer in the Tech Industry is determination and drive, underlined with a passion for technology and solving problems.

Showing you have the enthusiasm to learn, willingness to grow, and a never give up attitude could prove just as valuable as any qualification.

The Tech Industry is Adapting

IBM’s Head of Talent Organisation, Sam Ladah, looks at the hiring process differently. Calling the need for non-degree level workers “new-collar jobs”, saying “We consider them based on their skills, not their educational background.”

Sam then went on to mention “A degree is no longer necessary, with the introduction of technical certifications and skills programs. We’ve been very successful in hiring from boot camps”.

Securing skilled talent within the tech sector is a top priority for companies looking to grow their team, competition is fierce, candidates are wide-ranging and the need to hire is immediate. As long as you can show you’ve got what it takes your educational background shouldn’t matter. This way of thinking has allowed more people than ever to break into the sector. 

Kickstart your career now!

We recently wrote another article Thinking of a Career in Tech? Now’s the time and heres why… detailing why 2022 is the year to kickstart your career in the tech industry. Options are plenty, companies are growing and investment levels are high making a career in tech a no-brainer! We hope that this article has given you the inspiration that you needed to see past the need for a degree and explore the other options available to you, after all, there is no better time to kickstart your career in tech than right now!

If you’re thinking about taking the next step we want to hear from you. Our Fully Funded Academies are currently accepting applications, you can check your eligibility by selecting amongst our choice of courses.