Many top IT careers don’t require college degrees. Hiring managers are looking for job candidates who can get the job done, regardless of their academic credentials. Self-education, training programs and certifications could be your ticket to a rewarding tech job. One does not even need an IT degree to become an expert in the IT field, passion, persistance and hardworking is what counts the most.
Advice from the Experts
We spoke with two IT leaders who don’t have degrees to get their insights into what you might need to give yourself an edge on the tech job market.
Frank J. Segarra is the CEO of a drone services company, ConnexiCore. Frank was in the U.S. Navy and got into IT without a degree after leaving the military. Here’s Frank’s advice for career changers without degrees who are hoping to get into IT:
“Do a lot of research. If you don’t have a college background, do a lot of listening. Surround yourself with people who are successful in the industry that you’re looking to break into. Ultimately, the world is your oyster because so much information is available online. You can self-educate, come in at the junior level as an intern and work your way up. My number-one recommendation is to surround yourself with successful people you can learn from.”
Tracy Pound owns her own IT training company in the United Kingdom. Here’s Tracy’s advice:
“Go for it! IT is a fast-paced, growing and changing industry. Demonstrating characteristics that show how you can embrace change, learn and solve business problems with tech will go a long way to getting a career in IT. My career is in its fourth decade now, and I don’t have a degree. I’ve successfully started and owned two businesses and actively mentor other tech and non-tech companies because people can see what I’ve been able to achieve. Attitude is the biggest differentiator between success and failure. It either removes mental boundaries or sets them.”