Blog post
April 16, 2024
Megan Jaram

Finding a Job in the Tech Landscape? Here are the programmes that can support you

Careers in tech

Finding a job can often be a frustrating and time-consuming process, no matter your experience.

Whether its career changers, i.e. people using their skills to transition into the tech sector, or those keen to access progression opportunities, there are many reasons why the job market is becoming increasingly competitive and complex.

At Sunderland Software City, we understand the shortage the industry is facing for technical staff. To bridge this gap, we design and deliver programmes that support current industry needs.

But first, let’s look at the job market right now.  

Key job search statistics for 2024

  • It takes, on average, about 3-6 months to get a job from start to finish.  
  • You have an 8.3% probability of getting a job interview from one job application.  
  • 9.8 million Brits who are employed are actively job hunting each day.

How to get into tech

The tech sector is experiencing significant growth, as evidenced by the Tech Workforce UK 2023 report which indicates a net increase of 75,280 positions since 2017. With this growth, there has never been a more opportune moment to enter the industry.

But first, how do you get into tech?

Whether you’re interested in coding, data analysis or cybersecurity, understanding where your passions lie is crucial. Consider what you enjoy in your current job and how you can pursue these interests further.  

Understanding this early on can be very helpful in deciphering your career pathway into tech. You can consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • Which specific aspect of technology am I most interested in?
  • Am I more drawn to creative problem-solving or analytical tasks?
  • What level of technical expertise do I currently possess and what skills do I need to develop further?  

This will help you to tailor your learning and career development efforts towards areas that align with your interests, strengths and goals.  

Careers Event, Newcastle

Can I get a job without experience?

A common question we hear at Sunderland Software City is “Can I get a job without experience?”

The short answer is yes, it’s possible to land a job in the tech industry without prior experience. However, due to the competition, it’s important that you place enthusiasm on soft skills such as enthusiasm and being willing to learn.  

At Sunderland Software City, we offer two avenues to employment – Tech Talent Ready and Tech Talent Engine.  

Tech Talent Ready

Tech Talent Ready offers a range of industry-specific training opportunities to help you build the skills needed to work in tech.  

It offers three core programmes throughout the year:

  • Skills bootcamp in DevOps
  • Skills bootcamp in Business Support
  • Skills bootcamp in Digital  

The bootcamp welcomes individuals from all backgrounds and experiences, allowing them to fast-track their career into the North East tech landscape.  

It doesn’t matter if you hold experience or not, this bootcamp helps individuals to upskill and network with employers in the sector.  

Isaac Patrickson recently completed the Digital Marketing bootcamp advertised with Mediaworks and Tech Talent Ready. He found it an incredibly enriching experience.  

“The bootcamp has helped me develop my communication and leadership skills. The marketing project my partner and I had to deliver brought me out of my comfort zone as I had never delivered a presentation outside of school.
Staff offered help every step of the way which was especially useful during the presentation prep.”

Tech Talent Engine

Tech Talent Engine is an online jobs platform dedicated to helping individuals find employment in the North East of England. It brings together employers, employees, education providers and business owners.  

Whether you have experience or not, you can access a surplus of learning materials, including mentorship and job opportunities.  

With a built-in skills quiz, you can see the relevant roles relevant to your specific skills and experience. This is a particular benefit for those who are just starting out in their careers, providing tailored guidance on which areas to focus on for skill development.  

After being made redundant, Chris was on the lookout for a new role with an immediate start. Fortunately, he came across Tech Talent Engine, where he was successful in finding a role.  

“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.”

Embrace networking and events

The North East is home to various networking events and initiatives that can provide key opportunities for connecting with industry professionals, learning about job openings and expanding your professional network.  

Whether it’s attending tech meetups, industry conferences or careers fairs, actively engaging in these events can enhance your job efforts.  

From the region's flagship TechNExt festival, showcasing cutting-edge innovations, to the ongoing Digital Pathfinders events, these gatherings serve as pivotal hubs within the North East tech scene.  

By actively engaging in such events, it can help you not only stay ahead of trends but also forge meaningful connections with potential employers.  

Check out the latest events in the North East here.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Getting a Job in Tech:

  1. Do I need a degree to work in tech?

Having a degree is not a necessary entry to the tech sector. In fact, according to a study done by Jefferson Frank more than half of cloud technology professionals do not regard a degree from university as essential for tech roles.  

However, plenty of individuals choose to pursue this career pathway to gain key skills and experience.  

  1. What is the typical interview process like for tech jobs?

Each employer may have a different interview technique and process for hiring people into the business. A typical interview process could involve the following steps:

  • Initial screening: A brief phone call/ interview with the recruiter or hiring manager to see if you’re a good fit.
  • Technical assessment: This could be a coding challenge or technical test.
  • Onsite interview: Depending on the role, you may be invited for an in-person interview.
  • Final review and offer: After the interviews, the hiring team will typically review feedback and make a difference.

Please note that each interview will vary.  

  1. What key attributes do tech companies look for in candidates?

While technical skills are important to any role, demonstrating soft skills plays an important role in the interview process.  

A few soft skills that tech companies look for an include communication, project management, adaptability and resourcefulness.  

Sunderland Software City is here to help

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, Sunderland Software City is here to help.  

From helping individuals take the first step with Tech Talent Ready to support them in work through Tech Talent Engine, we’re passionate about helping the North East to develop a healthy pipeline of talent.  

Simply browse our range of career-focused programmes here.