Session: Landing your first job in tech as a mid-career transitioner
Join me in exploring some of the things you can do increase your chances of landing your dream job as a mid-career transitioner. We'll look at tried and true approaches for bypassing the dreaded applicant tracking system, getting noticed and invited to that first interview. Tips extracted from interviewing 25 successful career transitioners.
- How to beat the applicant tracking systems as a career transitioner
Looking back, Ioana might *seem* like a serial career-changer, but a closer look shows clearly how each of her previous roles was just a stepping stone to her current project.
Her social work background taught her about societal problems and empathy; her non profit years delivered a lesson about service and commitment to others, while her years as a public servant in a European institution helped her see how most problems don't observe borders. A short stint in a top marketing firm gave her the wings to explore & love digital marketing but made her realise she's not made for the corporate world; profit is just not her thing - social change is. Which reminds me: she also worked with some the most excluded groups - which ties into her passion for combating ageism. And this list - it goes on!
More recently, she found time just flew by when she engaged in tech-related projects; she attempted to fill a blank here, was enthusiastic about something else there... Long story short - after years of self study, on the job training, a web-related MA program, and a healthy dose of self reflection, she launched www.transitionintotech.com - a project designed to inspire, guide and support mid-career professionals interested in pursuing a tech career. She also teaches career development at her alma mater (University of Strasbourg).