When I’m talking with the candidates that want to change their work sector, I often hear that the previous job place wasn’t rewarding and didn’t give them satisfaction. “I’ve been doing the same things all these years, over and over” or, “I think that there is no place on the market for people like me.” This is what I usually hear.
That is why most people degreed in social studies with pleasure start their adventure with IT and new technologies.
Why it’s worth to switch your career into IT?
Let’s go back to the pros of working in the software development company; even if you’re not a coder. I’ve mentioned above a few reasons why the IT sector is so exciting and attempting. But that’s no all.
Have you ever heard about “employee market”? I’m sure you have! It’s a day-to-day reality in the software branch. Here the job is looking for a worker, not the other way around. You always have your pick of job offers. The market has many for you to choose from also for non-developers. Employers outdo each other in creating the best place to work and attracting candidates. You would say: no hold barred!
After all, you have several benefits to choose from: remote work, workation, flexible working hours, training budget, cash project bonuses, possibilities to broaden your knowledge, mentoring, and more. It’s really temptation, isn’t it?
The best part is, it’s true! The IT market provides ample opportunities, but you have to remember that it’s all about self-development. “What I can do if I’m rather not a scientific mind?” you may ask. No worries if you’re not a coder and you don’t want to code, but new technologies and the IT world is something that you’re passionate about. There are a lot of things that you can do in the software house, you don’t have to be a software developer.
What can I do in the software development company if I’m not a developer?
Other companies, other customs. You can meet completely different people in entirely different positions. This is why I decided to describe how it’s going on Merixstudio’s end.
We have a few departments in our software house. Besides dev team, we also offer a job in QA, Business Development, Project Management, UX, UI, Marketing, or HR. Right, I’m sure that now the question arises: are you sure all these teams are not tech-related? My answer is: of course they are! We are working in a software house! ;)
But it doesn’t mean that you have to know how to code to work with us.
On our blog, you can find articles that describe why technical knowledge is useful also for the non-technical people in the software company.
Take a look at the article of Paweł, Senior UI Designer at Merixstudio - 5 reasons why designers should know how to code. He explained why designers working in the IT industry should know the basics of software development to understand the project and its requirements better. It also releases the potential and creativity in modern technology and helps to communicate with your tech colleagues.
Same when it comes to Project Managers. Tech skills are crucial here, as well. Competences and knowledge in (for example) SCRUM methodology that held the whole team together make the digital project is moving forward. Also, management and communication abilities are fundamental when you want to be Project Manager - check out why we think that Project Managers are people with extraordinary skills.
Then we have salespeople. They need negotiation and communication skills and ability to manage conversations with potential clients, understand their needs, and build a strong relationship with them. Apart from that, tech knowledge is vital to present our services and skillset skillfully and cooperate with developers and project managers.
This is no different in the case of marketing whose one of the main tasks is to manage the internal and external communication. The basics of tech knowledge are crucial to understand the core of the company and build awareness. Developers and tech people are the targets here, so you need to know how to talk to them. When it comes to the marketing team, it occurs that Journalism and Philology are the most popular graduate studies.
Of course, I have to mention the HR team! I am a perfect example of a non-technical person who landed in the software house - a very technical environment. I graduated from the sociology, and my first job was the position in the Social Security Office. Now I am responsible for IT recruitment. To get better in my work, I try to keep myself up-to-date with new technologies and programming trends.
Well, that begs the question: how to broaden your tech knowledge?
Ways to sharpen your tech skills
The most popular and available way to broaden technical knowledge is taking an online course. You can find a lot of them on the web - free and not. Everything that you need here is motivation and a bit of spare time. You can choose between thousands of programming courses, take a look at app development scenarios, or start management course.
Also, different kind of meetups and events are really great. Let’s take a look at our local market - in Poznań a lot going on. You can take part in tech meetups almost every week, and the best part is they’re free.
As a Merixstudio, we also organize our own events where you can learn from experienced developers and IT-related people. Py_tej is a community event for Python enthusiasts, and front.radar is our equivalent for frontend developers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a coder or not, it’s worth to join tech meetups to learn more about new technologies and meet experts.
During our events, you can also speak with our HR and marketing people and learn more about Merixstudio and its company culture or just talk about tech knowledge sources. Usually, also Team Leaders and Heads of the specific team take part in meetups, so this is an excellent opportunity to speak with them about everyday work. They are more than pleased to answer any additional question and share their knowledge.
Besides, who doesn’t like free beer? ;)
Meetups are not everything - do not miss workshops we organize in our office, Dev College and its Combo edition (workshops + talks). Dev College means all day of programming workshops and tech talks. So far, you have the opportunity to join Python, Django, React, Sketch, QA workshops, and many more. We guarantee a lot of knowledge and experience and a good time spend with great people. Besides, you can check out our office, eat pizza and meet Merix.
I hope this article makes it clear for you that the software house is not only about coding and you can do other exciting things working in the IT sector.
Pssst... We still have open job offers - also for non-developers! Take a look at our career page.
If you want to hang out with us and other cool people, join our meetups:
You're more than welcome - see you there! ;)