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How to join IT and develop your industry

Hello everyone Let's get acquainted, my name is Kundakbayev Diar. I am a programmer, a startup and a teacher. Fate led me into education, and my career path began with working as a computer science teacher in one of the schools in Astana, but since childhood I wanted to be a programmer. Now I am developing IT products in education, developing LMS and innovative VR solutions, while receiving decent pay.

In this article, I want to share that switching to IT from another field does not necessarily require quitting your current job.

To begin with, it can be quite difficult to find a job in IT. Especially if you're from another field and you don't have any programming experience on your resume. But what if I say that it is possible to develop in IT and in other areas?

I believe that in the current labor market there is an open demand for IT specialists who are specialized in some field.

What do I mean by that? This is not just an IT specialist who knows specific technologies, such as React or JavaScript, but also has knowledge in the subject area.

What are the advantages of such an IT specialist?

He knows the specifics of the work and the requests of the specialists for whom he will develop software. For example, an IT specialist who knows finance and understands accounting will find it easier to accept the terms of reference in the financial sector.

Thus, an approximate action plan is emerging for a specialist from another field who plans to move into IT and opens up new career opportunities for himself:

  1. Do a research. What weaknesses in your current work can be solved with the help of IT? Write down everything that comes to mind for yourself and study the technologies that will help you do this.
  2. Save the metrics. To understand whether your solution will really help improve work efficiency, collect all the necessary metrics: task completion rate, average check or KPI.
  3. Implement your solution. Develop a solution using the chosen technology.
  4. Compare the metrics. After successful implementation, collect the metrics again. Analyze whether your product has helped to improve the result. If so, proceed to the next step. If not, start with the first step, perhaps the problem lies in other metrics.
  5. Suggest a solution to the company. After successful implementation, offer your solution to the head of the company, tell us how you solved the problem and confirm your words with the collected metrics.

Thus, you not only gain useful experience in IT, but also develop as a specialist, showing that you are a valuable human resource. It may also be that you do not want to go completely into IT at all later and will develop your industry, making IT one of your strong advantages.

Maybe these steps seem obvious, but it was this approach that allowed me to find myself in IT, having gone from a computer science teacher to an IT product manager.

I hope this post will be useful to everyone who, like me once, is in limbo and is thinking how to get into IT. The purpose of this post was to give food for thought and maybe help someone decide.

Thank you all for your attention!

You can find me on Instagram: @diarkm

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