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3 easy steps to help you land a tech job, for non-tech majors

You don’t need to be a genius in coding to find a job in tech. Here are 3 steps you can take to land a career in the tech industry—even if you don’t know code.

Find a role you’re interested in

Researching positions in company career pages can be daunting. Here is a short list of career options in tech that don’t require coding skills.

User Experience Designer

If customer service is one of your strong suits, this might be a great option. As a UX designer, you’ll be involved with discovering user needs and influencing a site’s design and content.

System Administrator

The job responsibilities of a system administrator include backing up files, keeping computers working, installing software and more. Some sysadmins understand code, but it’s possible you can learn the basics or essentials as you continue on this career path.

Technical Writer

Even though a working knowledge of programming is helpful for a tech writer, intense coding knowledge isn’t required. There will always be opportunities to research and create information like manuals, project plans, software test plans and design specifications.

Research employers and network

It’s no secret that Madison is a hub for established tech firms and start-ups alike. In 2017, Madison ranked 10th on the list of top 25 tech cities in the U.S. Given how tech and business intersect in Madison, there’s no shortage of employment opportunity.

Find a mentor—either with someone at a prospective employer or with alumni using Badger Bridge, our program that connects alumni and students in achieving career goals and exploring professional opportunities. Outside of campus, find a mentor in any number of local tech professional networking groups.

Prepare: résumé, cover letter, interview questions

UW–‍Madison offers many resources to help you land your next job or internship. Use these helpful resources to learn about upcoming career fairs, to talk with an advisor, to get help drafting cover letters and résumés, to review interview questions, and much more.

Career Services

The Writing Center

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