How to Get Out of the Gig Economy and Into an IT Career
Picking up a gig economy job — whether it be driving for Uber, delivering Grubhub food orders, dog walking, or freelancing — is a great way to generate an additional source of income. You can use this extra cash as “fun money” for vacations, eating out, or attending concerts, or use it to cushion your savings account. But what if it’s the only way you are making a living?
While income from gig economy jobs can be a smart addition to your regular salary, it’s not typically as sustainable or fulfilling as having a full-time career with growth opportunities. If you’re a gig economy worker, chances are you’re a hard-working self-starter who puts effort and initiative into any job you are completing. If you are willing to put in the work to start a new career and get out of the gig economy, consider starting a career in IT, where the job prospects are plentiful, the pay is competitive, and the benefits are worthy. Learning how to transition from self-employed to another career is a great start to finding your way into the perfect IT career.
What is the Gig Economy?
The gig economy is defined as a labor market made up of freelancers or part-time workers that complete short-term projects or gigs. The demand for jobs is based on the availability and resources of those requesting the services. Examples of gig economy jobs include: driving for a rideshare company like Lyft or Uber; delivering food orders through Grubhub, Uber Eats, or Postmates; completing and delivering grocery orders through Instacart; dog walking and pet sitting; writing freelance articles; creating graphics or videos for clients; and more.
Is the Gig Economy Bad for Workers?
Boosting your income through these part-time or freelance gigs is smart, but solely relying on them to pay your rent or mortgage or support your family can be dangerous. If our country undergoes an economic crisis, these jobs are usually the first to be cut.
On top of a lack of benefits and steady work, gig economy workers face both financial and emotional stress from having to worry about tips and the availability of gigs to pay their bills. Pay from gig economy jobs offer a wonderful addition to your base income, but if you want to grow your career and skills into the future with a sustainable job with benefits, good pay, and growth opportunities without having to attend a 2- or 4-year college, consider transitioning into the world of IT.
How to Transition Into an IT Career
If you are a gig economy worker, you’re likely a self-starter who is willing to work hard to achieve your goals. This attitude is perfect for those who want to take action to change up their career path, and a great way to do this is by undergoing technical training.
The Tek Ladder program is a 100% virtual IT training program designed to get you into an entry level IT job in only two months. Our program is designed for those with little to no IT background, so you can start working in IT at the end of your 2 months. We cover IT fundamentals and even pay for you to take the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam. Our program includes Career Services guidance and workshops designed to get you into a career, including resume and interview prepping.
What IT Jobs Can I Do After Working in the Gig Economy?
After undergoing your technical training, you’ll be ready for your first IT job. Luckily for you, the technical field is growing and will continue to grow through the end of the decade (and more, assuming technology continues to develop). There are many in-demand entry-level IT jobs you can get after completing our program, including:
IT Support Specialists play a core role in organizations by providing information technology support. This can look like answering questions and resolving technical issues, troubleshooting problems, and maintaining software, and improving IT systems. If you appreciate the fast-paced world of the gig economy, you will love being an IT Support Specialist.
Help Desk Technicians help keep the system running smoothly by managing communications between the end user and the rest of the IT team. Sorting support tickets, diagnosing problems, and guiding customers to where they need to go is a glimpse into their day-to-day. You already have experience juggling several projects at once from your time working in the gig economy, which will translate perfectly to a Help Desk Technician role.
Desktop Support Technicians develop strong understandings of the system and its hardware and software. They are all about supporting and maintaining the organization’s technology to ensure optimal workspace performance. Pro tip: Make sure your resume highlights your ability to problem-solve and multitask from your time working in the gig economy when applying for Desktop Support Technician roles.
Computer Technicians help set companies up for success. A regular day may look like installing computers, printers, or software and working on managing the organization’s network and equipment. If you’ve done freelance technical writing or tutored students, you probably thrive in a technical environment. This translates perfectly into a Computer Technician position.
Service Desk Analysts are IT professionals who help monitor inquiries, problems, and IT issues as well as responding to and supporting end users who request help. If you’ve spent time as a personal assistant or personal shopper or if you have driven for a rideshare app like Uber, you understand customer service. Make sure you convey this in your interview for a Service Desk Analyst position.
What are My Next Steps?
If you’re thinking about making the jump from the gig economy to a thriving career in IT, congrats! Considering your options is a great first step. Talk to one of our Enrollment Advisors about your next steps to enroll in our program by contacting us through our online form, emailing [email protected], or calling 877-253-3331.
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