New city, new career? Why you should consider a career in tech
So you’ve recently arrived in Germany and are wondering how you’re going to afford all those beers and schnitzels… Have you ever considered a job in tech?
Did you know that Germany is unlocking 10 billion euros to support tech startups in their growth stage, to help bolster a sector that’s key for job creation? And did you know that Berlin is regarded as the startup capital of Europe?
The tech industry in Europe’s biggest economy is booming - and you can be part of it!
Become part of Germany’s booming tech industry with an Ironhack bootcamp
Why work in tech as an expat?
If you’re wondering whether this is for you, consider the following points: For starters, English is the spoken language of most tech companies and startups. Tech loves, and benefits from, diversity. Many teams are made up of a diverse collection of cultures and backgrounds, so English is often chosen as the language of business.
Secondly, tech jobs, in particular software developers and programmers, are some of the most in-demand jobs in the country - with salaries averaging 27.200 euros per year for junior positions, right the way up to 85.200 euros per year for senior positions.
Tech is also one of the most easily-suited careers for remote and flexible working. So if you want to escape the German winter for a few weeks or months, working in tech might offer you the flexibility to do just that.
You’re probably now wondering, “Well that all sounds great, but how do I go about landing a job in tech, with absolutely no technical background?” Here’s the answer: meet Ironhack.
Kickstart your tech career with a bootcamp from Ironhack
We’re talking intensive, learn-the-latest-in-tech bootcamps. Ironhack offers globally-renowned Web Development, UX UI Design, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity bootcamps, which require zero tech background and take you from zero to job-ready in as little as nine to 12 weeks (full-time) or 24 weeks (part-time).
If you’ve always thought about how cool it would be to code and build applications, you should try a web development course. If you're more interested in designing some of the many digital products we use in our day-to-day lives - making sure they’re absolutely eye-catching while still being easy enough for your tech-weary uncle to use? Meet the UX UI Design course!
Or how about being able to harness the power of data to provide incredible insights for better decision making? A Data Analytics bootcamp is absolutely worth considering. And let’s not forget about protecting all of this with Cybersecurity! (Which, by the way, boasts an almost zero percent unemployment rate).
These bootcamps are by no means easy, but they are absolutely worth the tears (both joy and despair), the caffeine binges and the “I have no idea what I’m doing” thoughts - until suddenly you do and you’re designing, building, analysing and protecting some pretty badass stuff!
Expats who have taken the leap
Take Dionisio Ugalda. He signed up for the Web Development bootcamp at Ironhack Berlin with absolutely zero programming experience, and went on to co-develop Ironhack’s best project for 2020.
Or Ruth Gill. She came from a teaching background and initially dismissed the idea of becoming a UX UI Designer because she felt that she wasn’t particularly artistic. After some research, she realised she could no longer ignore her interest in the subject and signed up for Ironhack Remote’s UI UX Design bootcamp - where she went on to become the bootcamp’s Hackshow winner!
The truth is, the overwhelming majority of bootcamp students don’t have a background in tech - bootcamps are designed with this in mind. Those soft skills that you’ve accumulated over the years? Those will carry you through in an industry that thrives off of a diversity of backgrounds.
Working in tech requires continuous learning, and on top of giving you a great practical head-start, bootcamps also teach you how to learn.
Ironhack boasts three options for students in Germany. Their bootcamps can be done remote, in person at their Berlin campus, or at the Düsseldorf hybrid-learning environment which allows you to work from the comfort of home, while making use of their coworking facilities and networking events - enjoying the best of both worlds!
At a global level, Ironhack has more than 10.000 alumni across 12 locations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Düsseldorf, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris and São Paulo.
To learn more about kickstarting an exciting career in tech in your new home and joining Ironhack’s global community of innovators, visit their website. You’ll be glad you did!