Guest blog by Nicole Douglas, Intern at FDM Group:

The technology industry may be one of the most challenging, inspiring and rewarding industries to work in today. The ever-growing sector holds many opportunities for both recent graduates and experienced professionals.

Here are five reasons why the technology industry is the place to be, if you are looking to kick-start your career and leave your mark on the world.

1. Exciting and meaningful work

If you’re interested in being at the forefront of research, discovery, development and innovation, then this is the perfect industry for you. Few industries shift the way the world functions and advances quite like the way that technology does. It aims to make everything easier, faster and more efficient.

Technology is focused on breaking new ground with a culture of movement, growth, creativity. However, technology isn’t only about coming up with new ideas – it also involves figuring out how to make those ideas work. Of course, this means that there is a lot of problem-solving involved. If you love a puzzle, the technology industry is likely to be a good place for you to focus your skillset.

2. Always changing and evolving

The digital industry is ever evolving. Tech employers continue to add new jobs due to ever increasing demand for resource across all departments. So, whether you’re moving up from junior to senior web developer or across from user experience to quality assurance, working in digital allows you to continuously learn and grow in your career.

3. Variety of roles and longevity

When people think of the roles involved in the tech industry, many only think of coders, or developers, there are so many more roles available. Companies are increasingly interested in candidates who can translate technical terms to the business and have the ability to listen to what a company needs.

While technology is an industry itself, it overlaps with virtually every other industry as our reliance on technology increases. Technology professionals work in medicine, agriculture, transportation, energy, entertainment, manufacturing and even ‘white-collar’ professions such as law, banking and financial services. You could even be a game designer or product developer. Professionals can marry their passions that lie in other fields and still enjoy the best of both worlds in their careers.

4. Flexibility

As an IT professional, you have flexibility in how and where you work. Whether you want to work for a large Fortune 500 company, a small business or prefer to freelance, you can find a setup to meet your needs.

Technology companies are leading the way in work-life balance. Many are adopting the 80/20 principle which allows staff to spend 20% of their time in the office creating and developing their own projects which allows employees to balance their work and interests to ensure a fulfilled career.

5. High demand and high pay

Since technology is integral to the success of so many different fields, it should come as no surprise that technology professionals are always in demand. Technology professionals are quite often among the highest paid professionals of any organisation and industry due to their contributions being so well valued and integral to the business.

The great news is that there are countless online resources, training opportunities and positions available to those working towards becoming an IT professional. Careers in technology have moved on from the much-satirised IT support basement, if you’ve got a passion for innovation, data, design or all three, a career in technology could prove to be the best choice for you.

Search for jobs in information and digital technology on CareerHub.

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