Andy Itzinger used to spend his days running his 30-seat pub in London. When a smoking ban hit London pubs and his customer base started to dwindle, he decided to turn back to a career in tech as an IT developer. He now works at Vertiv as a product manager.
Many of the skills needed for running a bar and being a product manager in IT overlap, he says. "The skills required in both roles are good, consultative service provision, market knowledge, industry experience, and quality products," he says.
Itzinger is one of many workers who have moved into the tech industry as it continues to grow and add employment opportunities.
Olivia Hall was a freelance movie review writer before becoming a software developer at the Software Institute. Her degree was in journalism, and one class involved making websites through WordPress and learning some basic coding skills.
"The kind of instant gratification of being able to write some very simple code and see the results of that on your screen straight away is a really amazing feeling," she says. "It's a simple thing, but it's just so much fun."
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