Career change – the fears

A career change is massive in anyone’s books. It’s a huge move, but for some people, it’s a necessary re-steer of direction. The last year has been incredibly tough, but with it has come new opportunities for career changers who are now contemplating a career in software development. With the demand so high for developers, it’s time to face your fears and make the switch to software development. 

Why a career change?

Over the last year, some people were forced to change careers. Job security was hardly at its highest, but apart from the Coronavirus, there are other reasons as to why someone would want to change career. Some of us may just like a shift, or simply dislike the career path that we are currently on. In fact, recently, European-based recruiters Sigmar reported that more people moved jobs in the second quarter of 2021 compared to any other quarter over the last 20 years. Despite this, sometimes fear stands in the way of making a move to a new role.

Career Change fears – examples

Some barriers to making a career change into software development include questions like; Am I too old to Code? Will I suffer from impostor syndrome? Have I got enough experience? Do I need a computer science degree? While these may be barriers to you, generally the answer is no. Sure, we can all experience impostor syndrome occasionally, but it can be overcome. No one’s too old to code, and these days, a computer science degree is no longer required by most organisations.

In our minds, it can be difficult to muster the courage to change from one career to another. Reskilling itself can feel like another obstacle that stands in our way, but learning new things is generally a great thing to do. Some of us might even consider a career change as a way of running away from our problems, but you have to ask yourself, will a change of roles make your life better? If you’ve weighed up your options and you’ve come to the conclusion that a change will improve your life, then it’s time to make that change.

What our graduates say


Why software development?

Thousands of students learn to code through Code Institute’s programme, and many of them were once in the same boat. They wanted a career change to make their lives better. The good news is, it’s worked out for them. ICT staff are in huge demand, not just in the tech industry. 

Because of restrictions and various lockdowns throughout 2020 and 2021, the world grew a hyper dependency on technology. As a result, the demand for developers has increased. The World Economic Forum reckon that technology will displace as many as 85 million jobs. That’s a stark projection, but the good news comes in the next line. The WEF predicts that in place of these 85 million roles will come 97 million jobs with a higher-tech focus. On the WEF list of in-demand roles firmly lies software development. 

Right kind of experience

All industries need software developers and people with the right kind of coding experience. For many of our students, they chose software development because firstly, it’s a role that allows them to use their creativity. Secondly, they enjoy problem-solving, which is essential for any coding role. Of course, the fact that software developers, in general, receive attractive salaries also helps. But another reason for the change to this industry is because there’s definite visual growth, so many things around us now involve technology.

However, what our graduates have in common is that most of them did not choose software development on a whim. They did their homework and concluded that this was an industry for them.

Career change fears

To make a change from one role to another is a daunting task. It creates career change fears, that can be both rational and irrational – but we only have one life, and we owe it to ourselves to be as happy as possible throughout it. No matter the situation, fear is the main obstacle in all of us. However, if we know that overcoming our fears will result in more happiness, then it’s time to be brave and courageous.

Face your fears

It’s time to face your fears and become an improved and happier version of yourself. Don’t be that person that’s still complaining about their job in five or ten years. If you want to know more about software development, try our free 5 Day Coding Challenge. By completing this you will have built a real webpage, and it’ll let you know if you have an aptitude for software development. Register now through the form below.

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