Tips for making more in booming Austin. Jobs or certifications?

  1. I got a bookkeeping certificate from ACC that I got a grant for so it didn’t cost me anything. It helped me secure a job that pays about $15,000 more a year then my current job, to start, with room to grow.

  2. If you’re creative and have a head for data, you might look at learning business-intelligence applications like Tableau or Power BI. I know my current organization is challenged recruiting BI staff (at our pay scales.) Microsoft has free Power BI training, although you have to pay for the exams. You might ask around to see what your employer uses or what other orgs in the area use.

  3. Salesforce is a good route. Good pay and you can more or less learn for free through Salesforce Trailhead, then a few hundred for the initial admin certification. Automaton business analyst or developer positions are in high demand, too. You can find a good amount of learning and education materials through companies like UiPath and Workato.

  4. I hired a guy that barely spoke english in his first IT job a few years ago. I put him through salesforce training and after a month he found a job paying $150k/yr, which was more than I was making.

  5. I can also vouch for this. I know someone who taught himself through Salesforce for a few years, and he just recently landed a senior software dev position at Spotify. I was honestly stunned.

  6. Thank you. A friend is in Salesforce now and recommend it. I just don’t want to get a certification and not get a job right away with out experience. I will look into these other certifications as well. Salesforce looks like it’s something I can easily learn.

  7. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the (UT McCombs Business School-sponsored) tech boot camps. They are insanely overpriced at over $10,000 for the certification training that doesn’t even require you to pass an exam.

  8. I will look into that thank you. Yes I have a couple of friends who went there. Seems they cram a lot real fast. A friend who completed it and getting into a entry level sales force job. Not sure if it’s better to get certified in one area then move up.

  9. Don't do that one. They cram everything real fast and don't have enough support on staff for students (the content is relevant though, kind of similar at most boot camps tbh because they are boot camps). You are better off doing an online program as the only benefit is the UT name on the resume despite it being taught by Trilogy, not UT. Trilogy's support system and career services are also limited compared to other options. You are tested at that boot camp through projects that you can use for a portfolio but get a similar one to all your classmates, so you would probably need to create or do your own. If I had to value it, I think I'd value it as 4k-5k max.

  10. Solar sales. It’s almost all done remotely now via “virtual consultations” or whatever they wanna call it. The market looks very good for the next 6 months or so until some damaging legislation passes in California, but in that amount of time you could make a lot of money and gain some valuable non-sales, construction related knowledge. Just don’t work for a shitty company (there are lots of them). Work for one of the big, well established ones

  11. I am a web/app dev here in Austin and, as a lot of other people have pointed out, the best move is probably to get into tech. That being said, learning a programming language is pretty difficult and takes a while.

  12. Thanks. I really want to spend wisely if I have to. I will look into those certifications and see if it’s right for me.

  13. Currently trying to plearn Python the self taught. It’s fun, but tough too. Does your company hire anyone with 0 experience in the tech field? Trying to change careers in to something more fun, evolving, stable, and lucrative.

  14. Believe it or not, you tube if you want to advance to software engineer. You can also look into c++, python scripting, PMP (lengthy and can get expensive). Does your employer offer any classes for free? I know Dell did when I worked there.

  15. That’s what I’m looking into now pmp. Their site says they cover up to $5200 if the education is related to my role or one I’m interested in. Pmp sounds like something my current skills may be related to but I will keep researching.

  16. Do you like software development and IT field? How much self discipline do you have in self-learning for free? The Odin Project, YouTube, Launch School, etc. for learning platforms. For the software side of things, you could get into front end, back end, full stack web development or maybe mobile development in iOS/android if you have time. On the IT side, I would go for cloud certifications preferably in AWS or Azure. Maybe GCP as well. Learn Kubernetes and IaC tools. Or Project Management. I've brought in junior devs and cloud engineers based on their projects in GitHub and willingness to learn on the job. Learning Linux would be very beneficial in either field.

  17. To be honest I’d be starting from scratch as far as learning software development I understand some concepts but I am not actively learning on my own. I’m someone that learns by doing so that’s why I would like some certification or training. I’m just trying to figure out what’s best for me to learn with the skills I have now. Maybe something that my job offers reimbursement. I guess I need to research that some more and go from there. They offer project management certifications. I’m just wondering what else is a fit for me.

  18. UT has a series of paid training programs (as in, they pay you a full-time salary to get trained as a software developer). The catch is, they train you in their mainframe/COBOL-y language first, and then in more modern stuff after about a year. Still a great opportunity.

  19. Mainly data management, admin work, support type role. I will look into aws, my job offers reimbursement for some of these certs. I just also don’t want to take something that may not be for me. Thanks for sharing I’ll research more.

  20. This. I have a BA in Communications and have been in Sales for 10 years. If you’ve also got leadership experience it’s pretty amazing how well you can negotiate with the big tech companies.

  21. Bachelors of Science majoring in Audio Production. Mostly support roles, administrator work, communication and leadership skills. Sales I haven’t done since way long ago. I mean commission would be awesome. Was thinking of real estate but not sure. Right now I work from home and work individually not a lot of interaction. But if I can learn something I’m all for that to make more right now.

  22. If you’ve been at the same tech company for 6 years, you will likely get a significant raise just changing companies with your current skills. Have you already looked and applied for jobs at other places? I just wanted to mention this as you might not need to uplift your skills at all.

  23. I haven’t fully looked but that is a good idea. I know the great resignation was profitable for many and I need to put myself out there for sure. Thanks.

  24. If it was that easy, everyone would do it. The truth of the matter is, it's not for everyone. People see the cushy lifestyle that we have with the high salary and nice WLB and think that our jobs are easy. Not true at all. Not that other jobs aren't hard as well. I just think that people have this inflated view of how easy it is to be a SWE.

  25. If you are a female yea for sure. But a Male? Naw, over saturated, companies around here only hire UT grads with internships or experienced Devs.

  26. I know they make a lot I just wonder if my current skills are too behind or how long or expensive it is to learn. I guess I need to research it more.

  27. If you're only looking to stay for a year there's no point in looking at a qualification. They take time and the you have job hunting on top - could take 6 months all in

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