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The ultimate guide to a successful tech career

8 Sep 2017

Tech is the future, so if you want to pursue a career in the tech sector, here’s what you need to know.

Every day, tech is becoming a bigger part of our lives. Everything from our shopping trips to our home life – and, of course, our work – is changing, thanks to technology.

So, it’s no surprise that the tech sector itself is booming. There are plenty of jobs out there if you want to pursue a tech career, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to get up to speed.

This week, we’re focusing on the things you want to know in order to have a successful career in tech.

For a start, you’ll need to know what the landscape looks like. Thankfully for the jobseekers, it’s a favourable market, as companies scramble to plug the looming talent shortage.

While the supply-and-demand problem works in jobseekers’ favour, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare for your job interviews.

Every candidate should have role models to look up to and, this week, we heard from some extremely impressive tech people.

Ana Peleteiro Ramallo is a finalist for Data Scientist of the Year at the DatSci Awards 2017. We spoke to her about the importance of role models, particularly in the data science sphere.

You can also hear from Lorna Martyn, who spoke to about her career journey thus far, which spans more than two decades with Fidelity Investments. She was recently appointed head of technology at the firm, so her success is sure to inspire.

While those are the goals, it’s still helpful to know what more regular day-to-day jobs are like for those in a tech career. We also heard from Lewis Reynolds, an application developer at Voxpro, about what a day at his job is like.

Finally, for those who don’t feel anything tech-related is all that relevant in their lives, think again. There are number of tech skills that are important across a number of non-tech industries, many of which you can easily upskill in.

These skills will definitely help you stand out above the rest.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. The data science sphere is full of big opportunities and challenges

Last year, data science was thought of as one of the hottest jobs in tech industry. That accolade doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

2. How to deal with Ireland’s tech talent shortage

It’s no secret that Ireland has a tech talent shortage. But how can we fix it? John MacHale of NashTech Ireland has some ideas.

3. Want to be successful? These technical skills will help you in any career

There are plenty of tech jobs out there but the IT industry isn’t for everyone. That doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on some technical skills.

4. Fidelity Investments head of technology: ‘I’ve had a lot of very strong advocates’

We spoke to Lorna Martyn, head of technology at Fidelity Investments Ireland, about her tech career journey so far.

5. Application developer: ‘I enjoy tackling challenging coding problems’

Is writing code your dream job? As an application developer, solving problems with code will play a major part of your role.

6. How to play the game of office politics and win

Anyone who works in an office will more than likely know all about office politics. But how do you avoid it affecting your work?

7. How to prepare for your next job interview

Do you have a job interview coming up next week? Here’s how to make sure you’re fully prepared.

8. Women ReBoot rolls out national programme to reconnect women in tech with their careers

The Women ReBoot programme is expanding nationally, aiming to help women in tech return to the workforce.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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