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When is it too late to consider a career in tech?

Speaking as one who started life as a writer, then a teacher, then recruitment administration, and for the last 16 years, Technology, I firmly believe that anyone can change their path. It's never too late to start a career in Tech, if you really want to make the change. People have seen me post about this before, and I talk about it a lot, but a career in tech does not depend on a degree, or starting when you're young. You can make this move at any time if you're willing to take on new skills and enjoy the pace of change in the sector. The opportunities are varied and can be suited to people from different backgrounds, interests, desired working patterns, education and career experience. 

When working with a consulting firm many years ago, I heard a senior consultant say, “It's not like an English major could ever be Head of Technology”. As a Head of Technology and an English major, I was pleased to be able refute this statement on this spot with the evidence of my own career path as a live example. I'd say to anyone interested in a career in technology, that it is attainable and there are ways to learn the skills you need to make the change. 

Challenges with tech hiring and skills acquisition is nothing new, however more organisations are realising that they need to tap into different talent segments and train them if they are going to have the skills they need for the future without spending a fortune on trying to attract and hire them externally where the competition for many skills sets is fierce. In a shared article with AMS, David Shrier shares his insight on how organisations need to think differently and transform their workforce to evolve at pace with a rapidly changing tech landscape.

In addition to technical and factual capabilities to address AI disruption and other kinds of digital transformation impacts, companies need to reorient their workforces around the ‘new skills’ of the post-generative AI era: soft skills like empathy, critical thinking, creativity and team skills. - David Shrier - Professor of Practice, AI and Innovation at the Imperial College - London