You don’t need to be a genius in coding to find a job in tech. Here are three steps you can take to land a career in the tech industry even if you don’t know the 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 for you. As a UX designer, finding the strengths and weaknesses of a product, understanding what users need, and analyzing user activity are some of the tasks that you’ll do.
The job responsibilities of a system administrator includes 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.
Even though knowing how to program is helpful, having this skill is not required for tech writers. There will always be opportunities to research and create information that does not require coding skills like manuals, project plans, software test plans, or 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. and 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, talk to an advisor, get help drafting cover letters and résumés, review interview questions, and much more.