We came. We saw. We broke down barriers for tech newbies.

Taking the first step toward a career change can be equal parts thrilling and terrifying. On one hand, you’re taking the step to better your future; on the other, you’re entering a new world as a novice. But if you’re looking for a change in direction, you are in good company. In fact, the average person changes jobs an average of 12 times during his or her career, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The technology field is a top industry for change seekers. With new jobs created regularly, the tech field is booming and people are interested in trying to get involved in some way. But, let’s be honest: Unless you have experience or connections in the field, joining the tech arena can be intimidating.

Where do you start? What do you need? Do have what it takes?

That’s where Breaking Into Tech comes in.

In March, the team launched an informative workshop entitled Breaking Into Tech to demystify the steps to gaining employment in the tech field. For two hours, industry experts shared their insight, experience and advice to a room full of tech hopefuls. Featured guests included Sreeram Srinivasaragavan, Senior Director of Technology with Marlette Funding, and Leon Hunter, Curriculum Developer with Zip Code Wilmington.

It was a packed house with many engaging and thought-provoking questions from the audience that helped bring clarity to joining the tech field.

The goal was to detail what working in tech is really like, describe what roles are suited for which personalities, discuss ways to securing a role in tech, and give information on technical training to round out a solid tech skillset.

Didn’t get a chance to attend the Breaking Into Tech event? No worries!

Below are a few key takeaways from the experts and audience:

  1. People from diverse backgrounds often make some of the best developers because they bring fresh insight and different approaches.
  2. Learn the carpentry, don’t be so focused on the tools. Translation: Once you learn the foundation, you can apply it to multiple programs and platforms.
  3. Don’t let your fear consume you. “You can fail at what you don’t want, so why not take a chance on doing something you love.”
  4. Success is right outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes being uncomfortable is what’
  5. s going to take you to the next level.
  6. If you don’t think tech has a presence in an industry you’re interested in, think again. Tech is all around us from the dry erase markers we use (oh yes they’re made from an automated process) to the apps we use daily on our phones.

If you have a passion for tech and are looking to get into the industry, attend one of our information sessions and find out how to get the technical training you need to start the career you’ve longed for! Visit zipcodewilmington.com/events for dates and locations.