Realization number 1: tech giants are like schools. They will teach you what you need to know, give you a specialty and provide you with a passport to University (where all the fun really happens). Google is Eton, Deloitte is St Paul’s, Uber is Harrow and the sharing economy start up located in Fiji is Harvard University. You pick a school for a range of reasons: its reputation, the learning and development, the people there, and the location. Pick a tech giant for the same reasons. When you first start at the firm you have your fingers in a lot of pies: your 5 A levels. You are trying to learn a bit about it all, switching teams, switching departments, changing projects. Then you have the eureka moment – you know what you want to study for your final year. You pick one area of the business you want to master, and you put in all the hours. You can get the A you need to graduate, and finally enter the remote sunny tech company of your dreams. Hopefully in your final year of tech giant school your classmates will be the ones you want to go into business with, or just the ones you go to Zante with on a massive piss up.
Trick 3: download all the apps. I agree that I would rather be on daily mail on the 45-minute district line commute reading about Lindsey Lohan’s most recent drug rehabilitation but this isn’t going to make you any money. Udacity, Code Academy, Khan Academy, and Coursera are all free – all it takes is 20 minutes time out of 4od. Even if you can’t remember a single line of HTML, understanding the concept is enough to classify yourself as having technical understanding on LinkedIn (the source of all complete truths).
Not to be sexist, but if you have a vagina the odds are in your favor for jumping on the tech bicycle to Instagram job success in 2017 due to the severe lack of woman in the industry. But boys, don’t be disheartened, there is room for everyone in Fiji as dungarees are unisex. Hopefully see you there.