Retiring tech workers widens the skills gap in the federal space.
Think about the looming retirements in the federal government Tech space. With only 6.1 percent of the workforce under the age of 30, and 30 percent over the age of 60, it is not hard to see that there is a critical need for an infusion of younger tech talent in this area. There is also a focus on hiring veterans for these federal technology positions.
Preparation before your transition is key.
It’s vital to start preparing for the future before you leave the military. Doing so will allow you the opportunity to find the right position before your clearance expires. Additionally, preparing will ensure you find a career you want, instead of being pigeon-holed into a job based on need.
Conduct research on the types of career you may be interested in and what a career path may look like. Understanding this will help direct your preparation and planning, and visualize your future in the civilian workforce.
Remember, the federal government and most private companies are incentivized to hire veterans, but the real attractiveness is in finding a veteran with an active clearance. We see the need for transitioning military in the tech sector, even without any prior IT experience.
There are many opportunities to pick up skills in everything from Business Analytics to software development in self-paced online programs — many free of charge. These programs can prepare you to earn certifications in the technologies you are studying, in the Tech field certifications are the ticket to good jobs.
At SkillStorm, we have free online training programs that lead to certifications in high-demand technologies such as Object-Oriented Programming, Java, Pega and AWS. Anyone with a certification in these technologies and an active Clearance will be highly sought after in the Tech field. If you are interested in trying these courses, click here.
While not everybody is going to be a good fit for a career in Technology, many will find that they do have the aptitude for this type of work. With the advantages a transitioning service member has, it is worth considering a career in Technology.