By Nabanita De, Founder, Nabanita De Foundation
Want to restart your career but unsure of your career path? What are some of the hottest jobs and highest paying jobs in the market? What skills from when I last worked, are still relevant today? Finances are tight currently – I’m not sure if I will be able to afford upskilling and reskilling to return to the workforce?
Nabanita De Foundation’s free explore Careers module is here to the rescue. The module includes a list of several career paths with a high starting salary of 100k USD per year that include perks like paid maternal leave, remote work and more, with no need for a college degree. Returning back to the workforce after your career gap is an important milestone for you and we have curated a free exhausted list of resources for each career path to help you make an informed choice. This includes a day in the life of those career paths, free training, comparative current industry salary expectations, stories of women who have successfully returned to the workforce in those career paths after a long career gap via our Podcast, possible projects and work responsibilities, current jobs and more. Want to shadow or seek mentorship in your possible choice of career path? Join our members site, leverage our Forum and upcoming Cohort. Additionally take our free Returnships course and preorder Return-to-work book by Nabanita De, aiding you through all stages of returning to the workforce after a career gap.
In the new normal of the semi-post pandemic recovering global economy, over 80% of job vacancies require digital skills of some kind. According to LinkedIn, remote work has grown by nearly 181% since 2020, indicating today’s employees to be more tech-savvy than their counterparts. Employers now demand that their workforce align with today’s myriad of technologies, platforms, and business practices. Here are some of the career paths in tech to pursue after a career gap, without necessarily needing a college degree.
1. Data Analytics
Data analytics is fundamental to modern businesses as it is the key to performance optimization through data collection, transformation, and insight generation. As a data analyst, your job is to make sense of data and predict patterns/trends to use it to improve processes, optimize communication, foster innovation, and make business decisions. With an average salary of $67,900 and nearly 338,000 jobs in the US alone, the data science industry is growing much faster than the national average by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. To perform the basics of Data Analytics – Data cleansing, processing and predictions include knowing coding languages and Skills like SQL, Python, R, Microsoft Excel, SAS, PowerBi and Machine Learning. Checkout Nabanita De Foundation’s free Data Analyst career module, to learn about all companies who are offering free Data Analyst skills, possible data analyst projects, differences in job roles and salary between Data Analyst, Data Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer and Data Analyst & more.
2. Software Engineering
3. UI/UX Design
How should a website or app look? Where should a checkout button be in a webpage, for the customer to buy your product or sign up on your webpage? What font style and size makes sense? Where should the placement of your product and description be? An UI/UX Designer works on making apps, websites, digital consumption media and products, easier to use, more accessible and aesthetically pleasing, in order to bring in more engagement, reduce bounce off rates and increase revenue for businesses. Demand for UX designers are estimated to grow by 18% from 2015-2025, according to CNN. With an industry average of 100k USD salary according to Glassdoor, thousands of companies around the world are hiring UI/UX designers to revamp their websites and mobile apps, following their customer demand. Checkout Nabanita De Foundation’s free UI/UX Designer Career Module, to learn about the day in life of a UI/UX Designer, free UI/UX fundamentals from Google, Figma, Hackdesign, CareerFoundry, General Assembly and Industry UI/UX Projects.
4. App Development
Mobile apps and smartphones are growing faster than beanstalk everywhere, as more people continue to use these handheld devices and apps for work and entertainment. As an Android developer, you’ll have the chance to design, develop, and maintain applications. The fastest way to learn during your career gap is to take Google’s Associate Android Developer Certification and publish an universal app on the app store. With an average salary of $81,940, learn more about free App Development skills at Nabanita De Foundation’s app development resource page here.
As millions of businesses begin to digitize their processes and services, Cybersecurity threats include protecting IT infrastructures from malware, ransomware, and DDOS attacks etc. Spotting vulnerabilities in code and networks can save your company from millions of dollars in data breaches. In 2021 alone, there are nearly 3.5 million job vacancies and the average pay for a Cybersecurity professional is $100,000+ and rising quickly. Becoming a cybersecurity expert today by taking IBM’s Cybersecurity courses and free Microsoft Cybersecurity courses at Nabanita De Foundation’s resource page.
6. IT Support
With digital adoption and remote work on the rise, IT support is rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand skills in the market. If you’re intrigued at the prospect of returning to the world of IT support, you’ll need to brush up on your concepts and even pick up new ones, such as technical support fundamentals, computer networking, operating systems, system administration, and IT infrastructure services, and Cybersecurity. With an average salary of $50,800 and an industry with nearly 350,000 vacancies, get started with Google’s IT Support Course and additional free resources for a career in IT.
7. Customer Support
Customer support representatives have always been at the front line of support for businesses in every industry. However, times have changed as these professionals need to be more tech-savvy than their counterparts and use different technologies or channels to answer questions, solve queries, and provide information on websites, social media, email, video-conferencing, and phone. Fortunately, these are all tools you can learn to use on the job. However, learning the soft skills in customer support, such as negotiation, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence, are things you have to explore to deal with modern customers. If you don’t have a college degree or special certifications, you can still take advantage of this in-demand skill, especially in tech companies and online services. To start, you can check out Microsoft’s service adoption specialist course or Skillbuild’s customer service representative course.
8. Program Management
Love collaborating/talking to multiple people and understanding their needs? What to have a say on what gets build over how it gets build and own a project/product end to end. Do you see yourself keeping your family members accountable to finish tasks? Program/Product Management might be for you. The program manager has oversight of the purpose and status of the projects in a program and can use this oversight to support project-level activity to ensure the program goals are met by providing a decision-making capacity that cannot be achieved at project level or by providing the project manager with a program perspective when required, or as a sounding board for ideas and approaches to solving project issues that have program impacts, according to Wiki. The National Average Salary for a Program Manager is $113,446 according to Glassdoor. A lot of my colleagues in my previous companies in Program and Project Management came from non-tech backgrounds, had degrees in Chemistry, English or more and were very successful PMs. To learn all about Program/Product Management, explore free PM courses from Universities, Google, IBM, Coursera and more, and hear stories of women who returned to workforce in Program/Product Management in companies after more than 10 years of Careers gap to companies like Microsoft and Comcast, checkout Nabanita De Foundation’s Product/Program Management Module.
Explore other career paths like Recruiting, Career coaching, Management Consulting, Supply Chain, Diversity and Inclusion at Nabanita De Foundation’s Explore Careers Page here. To explore possible projects to undertake in tech, checkout my personal webpage, I undertook in the last 10 years in technology. To contribute resources and careers information to our careers page, reach out at Nabanita De Foundation.
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