Case study
October 23, 2023
Megan Jaram

Tech Talent Engine

Careers in tech

After being made redundant, Chris was forced to look for roles with an immediate start. Exhausting all platforms he came across Tech Talent Engine, a free platform dedicated to helping people find jobs in tech.

Unlike anything he'd come across before, Chris was able to find specific roles in the region that catered to his skill set and experience, allowing him to streamline his job search. As a not-for-profit, Tech Talent Engine is driven by an incentive to encourage the conversation around tech and seeks to resolve the skills gap that many employers are facing.

So, what is it about Tech Talent Engine that is so special?

Chris’ background in tech

Studying Computer Science at Teesside University, Chris graduated in 2016 and was keen to start his journey in tech. Like many others, he understood that competition was going to be tough.

Working in multiple different roles post-graduation, Chris gained a lot of key skills, including his technical abilities and an ability to communicate well and work within a team.

Except, when Chris was made redundant in his accounting role at Quickbooks, an online accounting software company, he was forced to look for roles with an immediate start. However, he was optimistic to not let it get in the way of his goals. The process was difficult, as he spent a lot of time looking through multiple websites for a variety of different roles, but it allowed him to perfect his CV and skillset. When he came across Tech Talent Engine, everything fell into place.

Typically, it takes around three to six months to find a new job role. However, Chris was employed in under 3 weeks. Chris added:

“I was so desperate to find a new role and tried every single website you can think of. When I came across Tech Talent Engine, I was relieved. The whole process was so easy; from signing up to taking the skills quiz and applying. I wish more people knew about it.”

Receiving a job offer

When a role came up as a Client Associate at MindGym, Chris applied immediately. He added, “I couldn’t believe how easy the process was. I applied for the role at MindGym and heard back within a few days. Usually, it takes a long time to find a long-term role after being made redundant, but I was very fortunate to be employed in a new role in under a month and that’s thanks to Tech Talent Engine.”

Reflecting on his time at MindGym, Chris couldn’t be happier.

“The job is going great so far, and I have already learned so much in my role as a Client Associate. I love the fact that it is only a 15-minute drive from my home, too. I applied for multiple roles on the website and this role piqued my interest the most. “I’m happy that I am working towards my goal in a company that supports my growth.”

Advice to others

Over the course of his career, Chris has learned a lot. Most of all, Chris believes that you don’t need to know everything to get started.

“Coding is a great language to learn, but it is not essential for a career in technology. If you’re a quick learner, you can adjust your skills to any role. Most importantly, you must be courageous to try new things and not be afraid.
“Be very honest with yourself when you’re applying for jobs. Why did it go wrong and what can I do to improve for next time? If you’re constantly learning, you’re going to make big leaps.”

When it comes to applying for new roles, it’s important to tailor your CV and cover letter to the role. Chris adds to this,

“Whenever you are applying for a new role, make sure to adjust your CV and cover letter accordingly. For example, what skills are they asking for and what can you bring to the table? Using this structure will give you the best chances of success.”

Looking for your next role in tech?

If you’re looking for your next role, whether entry-level or senior, take advantage of the free resources available on Tech Talent Engine and kick start your career in tech.