I want to change my profession and work in IT. Is it possible? (experience of three millennials)
[Switchers are people who radically change their profession. Most often, this term is applied to professionals who are moving into the IT industry]
Dmytro Nalyvayko, 30 years old, business development manager
Until 2016, I worked as an account manager in an insurance company. Even then, I had a lot of fellows in the sphere of IT, so I knew the salaries of these specialists, and in general working conditions. In the end, when I finally began to be dissatisfied with my payment at work, I decided to try to become a programmer.
I chose four-month courses to study. I studied front-end developing from the beginning.
At first I spent 3 hours a day on self-education, later – 8. Sometimes I even studied at weekends. At first it was easy: we studied HTML, CSS – and I managed to partially master these topics on my own. But then more complex topics began, and with them – difficulties. I remember writing code and it didn’t work, how hard it was to find a solution!
By the way, when changing professions, it is not easy to maintain a normal level of income. This should be taken into account by those who plan to take such a radical step.
A month before graduation, I started looking for a new job. And found it! However, I worked in that company for only a week, because I was laid off.
Later I changed the vector of work: from programming to business development management. My previous experience in the insurance company has helped and still helps me in my new position, because my task is to sell software development for insurance companies. Knowing how all the processes work from the inside, I can make objective suggestions to clients.
In the end, my earnings increased by almost 80% compared to my previous job.
For beginners who want to move into IT, I advise them to decide in which direction they want to work, considering their strong sides. Also, remember that in order to work as an IT specialist, you need to speak English and develop soft skills in marketing.
Tetyana Kovalenko, 28, recruiter in an IT company
I used to work in HR in the financial field, but decided, like my husband, to apply for IT. I was motivated by the values of the team in which I planned to work, as well as the social package there: life insurance and compensation for the cost of sport courses.
Now I am a recruiter. In the IT field, recruitment and HR are different areas. The recruiter is looking for new candidates for positions in the company, working with their resumes. And HR deals with vacations, events, insurance policies.
In order to get a recruiter, I did not attend additional courses. But I was well versed in IT terminology, programming languages and the direction of their application, because the recruiter must speak the same language with the candidate.
My previous work experience helped me a lot as there I spoke English every day and learned to use CRM-systems.
Now I am 100% satisfied with my work. The company has a very friendly atmosphere, many benefits for employees. In addition, in a year or two I was able to raise my salary as much as 7 times compared to my previous job.
Victor Palchik, 31, QA-Ops Team Lead in a food company
I am an engineer by education, after graduation I worked as a design engineer at the state aircraft plant “Antonov”. To be honest, I didn’t like it there. All the processes were too slow, and the promised prospect of stability and gradual career growth did not seem attractive. So I decided to look for another job.
Ever since I was a student, I wanted to try myself in IT, so I started studying web programming on my own and got an internship at a Berlin company. So I became a Trainee Testing Specialist in IT-testpro. I was able to perform the first tasks of the tester on my own only after a month of internship.
After getting a job, I took courses in automation and security testing. I also read specialized literature on the advice of acquaintances, such as Roman Savin’s book Dot Com Testing.
During my internship, I did not receive a salary at all, and then it was so small that I didn’t even have enough food. Buttime has passed, and now I work as QA-Ops Team Lead. We provide a platform for iGamming and develop games. In 8 years of working in the IT field, my salary has increased approximately 30 times!
Testers must be hardworking, inquisitive, flexible to innovate, be able to defend their position, strive to optimize work, clearly articulate their opinions. Of course, the competition in this area is high, but persistent candidates always get a job.