Many of us clapped and cheered when employers found ways to allow their employees to work from home during the pandemic. Some of us also felt frustrated that this accommodation suddenly became so reasonable, when for years people with disabilities were told how unreasonable this request was. There’s no longer any “normal” way of where or how we work. Some companies are mandating that employees go back to the office and others are shifting to remote or hybrid options. But employees have gotten used to their new routines, and many don’t want to go back. If you do a quick search, you’ll find that the companies that are most likely to have work-from-home options are in the tech sector. Maybe you haven’t considered becoming a part of the “great resignation” yet, but now may be the time to consider a job in tech.
The most in-demand jobs in 2022 are in the tech sector with roles related to cloud computing, artificial intelligence and data science. But you don’t need a degree in computer science to work in tech. As current companies grow and start-ups are generated to fill the demand, these companies will also need support staff. They’ll need to fill roles in sales, project management, customer success, marketing, accounting and more.
The tech sector is known for agility and adaptation. It’s an industry where out of the box thinking and creative problem solving are often welcomed — skills that many people with disabilities have honed from repeatedly adapting to an ableist world. Problem solving, design thinking and cross-team collaboration are all skills needed in the tech sector. It’s possible that you already have a host of skills that are transferable to a new line of work.
Not all workplace cultures are the same, but you may find that employers in tech are more open to the workplace accommodations that are relevant to you. For example, some companies in the tech sector have embraced a remote-first culture. One benefit of this is wider talent pools both within their hometowns and beyond. Many web development collaboration tools, like GitHub, are hosted online and accessible from anywhere. Remote work cultures are accustomed to flexible information sharing and may have implemented systems and tools that enable employees to work from anywhere. And with over 80% of employees not wanting to go back to the office full time, these systems are not likely to go anywhere anytime soon (Harvard Business School Online, March 2021).
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