Getting a start in the tech industry

Deciding to go into the tech industry from academic linguistics is a decision I made after trying the academic job market out for a year, getting nothing out of it, realizing that I really didn’t want to move, and learning about some really interesting jobs outside of the academy. I was never really against the idea, so my “leaving academia” story doesn’t come with much emotional baggage. A few months into my job, and I can already say that it feels like the right decision for me. This post is a mix of me telling my job-search story, the resources that helped me out a lot, and miscellaneous bits of information I learned throughout the process. I don’t claim to be an expert in getting hired but perhaps you’ll find something here that you can use. It’s a bit of a hodgepodge, and I may update it in the future. ...

2 Apr 2022 · 11 min · Khia A. Johnson