Transitioning into the Tech Industry? Where to Start


“I went from being an underpaid math teacher to an expert in Data Analytics,” shared Tobi Animashaun during an enlightening conversation with us at The Nest Institute.

In recent years, Nigeria’s professional landscape has witnessed a remarkable surge in individuals transitioning into tech-related roles. The question arises: What fuels this growing trend?

In pursuit of deeper insights, we engaged with some interesting individuals who have emerged as champions in this domain and their stories provide firsthand accounts of the benefits and challenges of pursuing a career in tech which you can also learn from.

Laolu succinctly captured the beauty of tech, stating, “Tech is the new blood money, a frontier for prosperity, where the sky’s the limit in terms of earning potential. However, unlike traditional ‘blood money,’ the sacrifice here is your dedication and creativity.”

Fred echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the freedom in tech pursuits. “Imagine waking up every day, knowing you get to do what you love, without anyone breathing down your neck. That’s the tech life for you.”

Abigail, a seasoned social media manager, talked about the satisfaction she derives from tech roles. “Navigating the digital landscape feels like second nature to me,” she shared. “The dynamic nature of this field resonates with my passion, making every day a rewarding adventure. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like it.”

To top it all off, Adebola contributed and said “Once you dip your toes into the tech pool, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. Trust me, I’ve been there.”

Judging by all they have said, does it mean that tech is easy and everyone should do tech?

The enthusiastic testimonials of Tobi, Laolu, Fred, Abigail, and Debola paint a compelling picture of the opportunities and rewards awaiting those who forge a path into the tech industry. But does this mean that tech is easy, and everyone should jump on the bandwagon?

The short answer: not necessarily.

While the tech industry offers opportunities for growth, innovation, and financial success, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Transitioning into tech requires dedication, perseverance, and a willingness to embrace challenges. As Laolu pointed out, the journey isn’t always smooth sailing, and there will be obstacles along the way.

Yet, amidst these difficulties, advantages are waiting to be seized. Flexibility, for some, is a game-changer, with competitive salaries, remote work opportunities, and a vibrant community of like-minded individuals.

But perhaps the greatest advantage of all is the sense of fulfilment that comes from conquering challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. As you push further, each obstacle overcome becomes a stepping stone towards personal and professional growth.

So, you want to start a tech career, right? But where do you even begin?

1. Make Extensive Research:

Dive into some serious research! Look into different tech roles to see which ones really spark your interest. Start learning the basics on your own, and don’t be afraid to reach out to others in the field for advice. Chat with people who are already doing what you want to do — they’ve got some valuable insights to share!

2. Explore Online Communities and Forums:

Join online tech communities and forums where professionals gather to discuss trends, share insights, and offer support. Platforms like Reddit, Stack Overflow, and GitHub are good platforms for knowledge acquisition and networking opportunities. Engaging with these communities allows you to learn from experienced individuals, gain practical advice, and stay updated on the latest developments in the tech industry. Plus, it’s a great way to build connections and find mentors who can guide you on your career journey.

3. Leverage Edu-Tech Institutions:

There are institutions devoted to providing access to the necessary knowledge for various branches of the tech industry exist in both paid and free forms. Among these, The Nest Institute stands to play a crucial role in guiding people seamlessly into the tech world. We’re like your GPS in the maze of tech careers, helping you navigate the twists and turns you might encounter along the way.

The Nest Institute is an arm of The Nest that focuses on providing Digital Skills Training for People who would like to take a career in Tech for all skill levels, with courses in Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, Product Design, and Product Management.

We are making tech education accessible and effective for everyone. That’s why we offer a range of benefits to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.

First off, we understand that financial commitments can be daunting, so we offer installment payment plans, making it easier for you to manage your expenses while investing in your future. We take pride in our team of verified tutors who are experts in their respective fields. With their guidance and mentorship, you can rest assured that you’re learning from the best in the business.

We also don’t just stop at teaching you the skills — We go the extra mile by facilitating valuable hands-on experiences within our organization. And guess what? We understand that everyone’s learning style is different. That’s why we offer a hybrid learning mode, combining the best of both worlds — online flexibility with in-person interaction.

So, transitioning into a career in tech can indeed be a rewarding journey, as highlighted by the experiences of Tobi, Laolu, Fred, Abigail, and Debola. However, it’s important to recognize that it’s not necessarily an easy path, nor is it suitable for everyone. But if you’re considering a career in tech, seize the opportunity and start with The Nest Institute to help you get prepared for the journey ahead.

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