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What Women Really Want From a Tech Career – And Why Education is Only the Beginning

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“We need more women in tech!”

For several years now, the dearth of women working in technology — and the need for creative ways to attract girls and women to technology-related careers, has been a hot topic. Yet despite all of the initiatives, the scholarships, the STEM education, and the outreach, for the most part, women are still woefully underrepresented in technology, particularly in IT.

What gives?

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Landing your First Tech Job – Without a Tech Degree Part 2

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This is a continuation of Landing Your First Job – Without a Tech Degree Part 1.

3. Consider Certifications

Certifications are a double-edged sword when it comes to getting a job. On the one hand, employers want to hire people who have advanced credentials, but those credentials often require applicants to have a minimum number of years of experience before applying. Holding entry-level credentials can serve as evidence of your skills and commitment, but not all employers are impressed by applicants who have an alphabet soup of certifications after their names but little to no experience, fearing that their knowledge is strictly theoretical, not practical. In fact, a recent Glassdoor study showed that big companies like Google, Apple, and IBM no longer prefer candidates with college degrees but candidates with relevant boot camp or vocational school experience (like ITProTV).

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