Before we get into it, I want to briefly review what prospective students are likely to encounter when exploring the possibilities of a new career.
If you’re like most people, your exploration of a career path will likely include looking up the requirements for some job postings. How you go about it will vary from person to person but the result will be similar. You’ll find yourself on the careers page of a big tech firm like Amazon or Google. The positions listed there will state requirements such as MS/Ph.D in STEM, several years of related work experience and proficiency in various tools and languages.
For those without the listed degrees, this will be off-putting to say the least. Even those with the relevant degrees but lacking in experience will be demotivated by the lack of entry-level positions.
There is a reason for the high entry barrier for these positions. The biggest tech firms get applications from the most competitive candidates. Thus they have the option to be more demanding and selective. By setting your sights on those companies you’re already aiming too high and getting a skewed view of the industry.
As will become clear through the next sections, there is a better way of exploring your options. Ones that play to your strengths and use your background to your advantage.