Can I work in Tech without coding?

Date 02.04.2021.
By Meryem Fourdaous

Here you are! You spent days and maybe months researching how to get in tech, and many of the findings include learning how to code or how to become an engineer. But you soon realised, coding is not for you. 

Working as a developer might not be your cup of tea. You maybe are a creative person, you enjoy dealing with people more than computers, but still you want to work in tech. Is this even possible? The answer to this dilemma is …YES!

In this post I want to tell you more about roles, careers and departments you may find more attractive, that do not require coding, but still in tech.

Bonus point! Read through the end of the article and you will find how to earn a certificate for a new career start.

Project Manager

A project manager’s goal is to keep a project moving forward and remove impediments for the team to be able to do their jobs efficiently to deliver the project’s end product in time. To do so, this means a project manager needs to have good organisational and people management skills, resourcefulness, resource-management, budget- and risk-management capabilities,

be able to think critically, the ability to see the big picture, good communication skills, and to be able to motivate the team.

Key responsibilities are: planning, leading and motivating, time management, budget management, monitoring, analysing and managing risks and issues, customer satisfaction and reporting. 

This means a project manager spends a lot of time:

  • Answering emails and messages related to the progress of a project;
  • Meeting with team members for a status report and to mitigate new issues;
  • Meeting with the client’s stakeholders to report and discuss the progress of the project and go over any updates;
  • Removing or re-allocating resources (including team members) from or to different streams when needed;
  • Reviewing the documentation to assess or adjust budget, schedule, and scope.

A lot of these tasks are wrapped around communication and expectation. It’s very important to set up a framework of meetings/ceremonies with the team to keep track and manage progress and to keep communicating with stakeholders during the project to ensure the project is meeting the needs of the business, or better, exceed them.

UX (User Experience) Designer

Have you ever used an app and thought … ugh this looks complicated to use? Have you ever searched for something and only got useless and infuriating results back? Have you ever thought about making a product more accessible, fun and engaging? If the answer is yes, you may be a natural UX designer.

As a UX designer, you’ll ensure to put the ‘user experience’ at the heart of every decision you make. You’ll be involved in the design of digital products and services for specific target groups and end users.

You will work with other colleagues from various departments like product managers, designers, developers and others.

Under the spectrum of UX design there are other professions that include User interface designer (UI),  UX researcher and Usability Tester.

Here are some tasks you will have to cover:

  • Meeting with clients to gather information about their objectives.
  • Support in the discovery process, managing user studies to better understand your customer and finding new opportunities;
  • Translate your work and deliver by using UX processes like storyboards, mock-ups, flow diagrams, wireframes and prototypes;
  • Testing designs through usability studies;
  • Have good communication skills to keep your customer satisfied and to ensure that your designs match their objectives and requirements.

Many professionals who aspire to work for a Tech company, but don’t necessarily want to spend the majority of their time coding, forget there are many other departments within those companies where they can use transferable skills. Here are the fundamental ones:

HMSFL Departments

Okay, if you have never heard of this acronym, it’s because I have came up with it to group those vital teams every Company has: Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Finance and Legal Departments.

For instance, if you are looking to work for the HR department of a Tech Company, you will have to have a grasp on the skills required for your business when selecting candidates. 

The legal team needs to help the Company to understand the legislative implications of, for example new projects or manage contracts.

The same goes for the other Departments, although you will be working with different tools and skills, it would still be beneficial to have some familiarity with high level technical terms.

Tips

Google has developed different job-ready certificates that will take you from zero to hero for the following roles (I will include 2 additional careers that involve coding):

  • Data Analyst (If you are analytical and into numbers and spreadsheets, then this could be for you. However this role will require you to learn some programming skills)
  • IT Support (To be successful for this job you will need to code)

You can enroll whenever you feel ready and follow the lessons at your own pace while learning from Google experts.

Author Meryem Fourdaous

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