I’m going to go into detail here on what you should consider when choosing your first tech job. The first thing I want you to do is relax, and realize that there’s no pressure here. It’s okay if it takes you some time to find the right job for you. You don’t have to find anything immediately, so take your time with this process.
Take some time off work or school if needed so that you can research jobs and companies more thoroughly than usual. If it takes a little bit of extra time for the perfect opportunity, then it’s worth taking that extra time! I’m not saying that all jobs are exactly alike – they’re not – but they’re similar enough that doing an in-depth analysis of each one is key before making a decision about where to work next.
It’s also important for me as an educator who is trying to help people make good choices regarding their careers in tech, especially young people who are just starting out in their careers, which includes most college students at this point, though everyone needs guidance on how they make decisions regarding their career path ,to look at this from my perspective as well as yours. I was on my journey to finding my dream job in tech for a while, and it wasn’t until I found the right job that I realized all of the work I put into finding a good one was 100% worth it.
In fact, it’s been so worth it that during the time when I was just starting out in tech and working at a few jobs that weren’t exactly what I wanted to be doing with my career, looking back on this moment made me realize just how much work you have to put into making sure your first job is worthwhile.
What to Look For In Your First Tech Job
Do you want an entry-level position or do you want more experience? Start by asking yourself what kind of position would be best for you. An entry-level position is usually where you’ll be doing basic tasks and learning from your managers. If you want to gain experience, then this is the kind of job for you. I would recommend working as an intern first if possible before working as an entry-level employee to get a little bit more experience.
What’s your ideal salary? The salary that you’re looking for will be a big factor in where you can work and what kinds of jobs are available. Many people start out making a much lower salary than they expected, but it’s important to remember that this is because many companies offer raises periodically based on your performance at work – so make sure you find a company with good benefits and also make sure it has high expectations for their employees regarding performance!
It may take some time before you can earn as much as other people who’ve been in the industry longer than yourself, but being able to stay at one company long enough to see those raises come through will definitely help with any feelings of being underpaid throughout the earlier parts of your career. Tech careers are definitely worth it!
What kind of work do you want to be doing? If you’re looking for a job that’s more on the creative side, or if you’re interested in developing your own skills and projects, then perhaps working at a startup is right for you. If you want something more stable, where there are set hours and set expectations, then working at a small to large company might be best.
Companies will typically have different kinds of projects that they’ll ask their employees to work on – some companies will have an engineering department that focuses on development while other companies are more focused on design – so make sure to get familiar with the kinds of projects being done by the company before applying for any positions!