Hi Amir. I joined Deloitte a year ago having studied Finance at University. Now I am working in a technology role despite little background in the area. My advice would be to take on learning opportunities and experiences related to technology. For example, before joining I did some work experience at the tech start up accelerator. I volunteered at Web Summit, a large technology conference and completed online tech/digital training out of interest. For example, Digital Business Academy (digital marketing).
After joining, I would say show initiative and look for technical learning opportunities. For me there was an opportunity to complete a robotics process automation certification in UiPath. I did this in my spare time, I can share the details with you if you like. It is free online. Then after completion, I told relevant stakeholders and was resourced on a Robotics project as a developer. Steep learning curve and lots of hard work, but if you challenge yourself there's plenty of opportunity.
Amir, what is your background?
Hi Lewis. Thank you for the invaluable advice! I studied Economics at university, and am currently looking to pursue a career in Tech Consulting.
For instance, if you are interested in RPA you could join the academy at the link above and complete the foundation certification, it would should your desire to pursue technology.
That's great.. you should go for it.
I would really appreciate it if you could share the details of the course you undertook. I am definitely keen to undertake any technical/digital learning opportunities!
No problem, the link for the RPA is above, I would recommend that. There are plenty of people within technology who don't have technical backgrounds. Some pursue BA roles, others learn new skills and become more technical.
Amir, would you like the digital business academy link? Its less technical but would show some interest in digital marketing.
Here you go. Let me know if you have any more questions.
It's reassuring to know that you can pursue a career in tech without a tech background. Thank you for the links! I definitely will check the websites out.
Hi Lewis, sorry to tag along, but I was wondering what the potential was to work on up and coming fields such as robotics and AI? And if you require training for these will the company sponsor this? I'm quite keen to find a niche sector that i really enjoy and want to become an expert in at some point in my career
Would you say it is beneficial/required
to learn how to code? I've been self learning Python in my spare time.
Definitely. Yes, I think its a great idea. Python, R etc.
There is lots of opportunity in Robotics and AI here, many service lines are strategically aligning themselves to develop their capability and pursue these opportunities.
Yes Kush, thats a great idea. Automation Anywhere, UiPath and Blue Prism are all great platforms to learn for Robotics. There is a lot of open source content for UiPath online, you can learn independently.
Hi Lewis, thank you for sharing your advice. Like Amir I’m interested in Technology, specifically in the Life and Health Sciences but I don’t a have technical background. I’ve recently completed an MSc in Health Psychology which helped me to uncover this interest. Would you say you would need technology experience in this area to be successful in the application process?
When you join the firm, there are plenty of opportunities that the company pays for to do Robotics training, depending what service line you are in. AI, machine learning, it is similar, lots of client demand. Learn Python, R etc.
Thank you Lewis for the invaluable advice! Really helpful.
Hi Lewis, this has been really helpful, thank you!
No, just show your determination, and willingness to learn. In addition, demonstrate that you have shown initiative to learn the technology you are willing to pursue
Do you also have any advice on how to build Technology related commercial awareness? It can be so vast at times.
It's likely that when you join you will end up doing something you have little experience in before, the key thing is to demonstrate you have the competency to excel in the role.
Are you looking to learn fast? Take on challenges? Deliver results? Etc. etc.
Amir, attend technology events, read online content from Deloitte etc, complete free online courses.
Great, thank you Lewis. I'm learning to code and I'm going to different networking events to build my knowledge of the area.
Great, sounds like a good idea
Thank you Lewis! I was wondering what drove you to pursue a career in Tech, given your Finance background?
I completed an Intern at a bank in accounting when I graduated. At the same time I was reading and experiencing more about technology (events etc.), I liked the faster pace, change, and opportunity to learn new ideas and technology.
Effectively its good to be towards the forefront of innovation, helping leading clients to implement change that will help them sustain competitive advantage. In my opinion more uncertainty around technology means more opportunity. More exciting too.
I definitely agree! I initially wanted to pursue a career in Management Consulting, but after doing some work experience, it was clear how Technology is becoming increasingly important for tasks such as performance improvement.
Couldn't agree more
The uncertainty and learning opportunities were strong factors too!
Technology is integral to every aspect of the business these days - it's pervasive. Have you applied? Do you know what service line you are interested in ?
I applied through this organisation called Bright Network in late August, and am yet to hear an update on my application. Fingers crossed I hear soon!
May I ask which service line you currently work in?
Hi sorry to piggy back on this, I'm currently studying Physics at Manchester and have learned basic python and C++ and am pursuing a masters project based in C++ simulations, is experience like this sufficient to demonstrate an interest?
Good luck Amir, hopefully you hear back soon.
I am in Systems Integration !
Hi Liam, I am sure it will definitely help your application. It sounds like you have strong technical competence. Remember that recruiters will consider other competencies too. So make you sure your application is holistic and well-rounded.
Thanks Lewis. Systems Integration sounds really exciting! Do you work in a particular capability group?
Solutions Development and Integration
Which other competencies would you say recruiters are looking for?
Thanks for the advice! I suppose communication and analytical skills are also important?
I'm currently really drawn to FS/Enterprise Apps.
The exact competency will be online. My personal opinion is that if you are someone who continuously looks to deliver high quality results, exceed expectations, build relationships, be proactive, show initiative, seeks learning and development opportunities, think differently, be collaboration, show integrity, then you will be well placed.
Yes analytical and communication skills are really important.
Amir, I currently work with some practitioners from FS apps, it is very interesting. If you join you will find you work with a diverse range of practitioners on projects.
It sounds really appealing, given my interest in Finance too. Finally, may I ask why you chose Deloitte?
Best of big four for consulting - we are larger, more diverse opportunities, biggest clients. Theres only one option when it comes to the big 4, believe me!
Right I must go now, have a good one, and good luck !
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