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What are some ways for non-programmers to get started in our industry?

I know a lot of bright tech literate people outside of software development who are bored of their line of work. They work in education, hr, accounting etc.

What are some ways they can get into tech without learning to code? Bonus if they can do it remotely!

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Akash Kava
  1. Testing !!! Non tech people test better
  2. User interface design, we think we have designed the best way but when they test it and they are stuck, it is our bad design, we didn't think through and we didn't make it easy for our users.
  3. Writing great technical help files, writing tutorials, creating demo videos, they can do a lot which actually makes software more interesting then the code.
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Aadi Bajpai

Programming is just one facet of the tech industry, there's design, writing, marketing, testing, ad infinitum. Every technology wants to finally help the end user who's not technical at all, that means they want feedback from normal people. That's one way too.

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Pierre Bouillon

I think that one of the many ways existing could be .. this website !

They are a lot of topics and healthy people to debate with down here.
They are strangers to tech ? That's awesome ! It means that their questions must be really close to the needs of any user, we can even come to realise that we do not get exactly a topic that seems to be obvious.

Some questions we may have this way, and could lead to great resources or comments:

  • "What is internet ?"
  • "Where is internet stored ?"
  • "I keep hearing about data issues with Facebook, how someone can make money with my data ?" etc.
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Kayla Sween

I think a good thing to start doing without learning to code is going to tech meetups if possible! That way you’ve got some acquaintances that would probably be willing to help you find resources to get started or answer questions about working in tech.

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Conrad Jackson 🇬🇧🇹🇭 Author

Really good advice Kayla, thanks!

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Conrad Jackson 🇬🇧🇹🇭 Author

Good questions!

  1. Software production and tech
  2. Just wanted some different answers to "learn to code"

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