There’s never been a better time to jump into tech and start doing something you truly love. There’s a wide range of roles and responsibilities within tech and you can pick the one that is best for you. But where should you start? At Ironhack, of course! We offer four bootcamps, either in-person or online, where you can learn the essentials of cybersecurity, UX/UI design, data analytics, or web development. Ready to get started?
Cybersecurity in 2023
Cybersecurity is protecting internet-connected systems from cyber attacks or threats. Both individuals and organizations employ cybersecurity professionals to guard their private or sensitive data. Take a look at these four reasons why cybersecurity is on the rise:
Increased cyber threats to companies: as more and more people have access to the Internet, cybercriminals are taking the opportunity to get the organization’s data and engage in theft, fraudulent emails, financial theft, hacking, viruses, and more.
Increased cyber threats to individuals: regardless of who you are, individuals are also susceptible to cyber attacks which can result in identity theft, financial theft, and more.
Cybercrime is expensive: did you know that data breaches can cost companies an average of $3.62 million? And the recent expansion from office working to remote working at home has facilitated even more attacks and data breaches.
Cybercriminals are also evolving: as cybersecurity gets more sophisticated, so do cyberattacks. Companies can’t just put one cybersecurity policy into place; having a developed and evolving cybersecurity team can help prevent future, new attacks.
Career options in cybersecurity
As such an in-demand and urgent role, cybersecurity professionals can take on a large number of positions:
Entry level positions in cybersecurity
Cyprographers, security engineers, ethical hackers, security analysts, forensic experts, vulnerability assessors, security administrators.
Mid-level positions in cybersecurity
Security architect, incident response, security auditor, policy positions.
Senior management positions in cybersecurity
Security manager, security director, Chief Information Security Officer
Cybersecurity with Ironhack
You now understand why cybersecurity is such a crucial part of all companies, no matter the size. At Ironhack, we’re dedicated to training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals with the exact skills you need to know - and nothing else.
UX/UI Design in 2023
UX design handles the overall user experience with a brand, product, or service. On the other hand, UI design deals with interactions between users and computer systems, applications, and software.
Putting it simply, a UX Designer makes a product or service usable, enjoyable, and accessible and is responsible for the user’s satisfaction (or lack thereof) with a brand. They’re tasked with understanding both the user and the brand, conducting user research, analyzing what’s been learned, designing the site itself, and conducting user testing.
Hard skills: research, information architecture, wireframing, prototyping
Soft skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and empathy
UI Designers, to compare, create the more intuitive and user-friendly parts of a website or application, handling colors, typography, space, visual design, animation, responsive design, and more. But that’s not all: they also have to ensure that the different screens look good and work well together.
Hard skills: visual communication, design, usability testing, animation
Soft skills: active listening, diplomacy, advocacy, communication
Career options in UX/UI design
UX Designer: If you want to be responsible for creating the entire design process, you can begin as a Junior UX Designer and work your way up to managing a team of UX Designers.
UX/UI Designer: interested in the creative side of things? Great, consider incorporating UI design into your career plans. In this kind of role, you’ll focus more on the creative and visual aspects of web design, using your experience in design to create incredible user experiences.
Freelancer/Consultant: lots of companies are looking for advice on their current UX/UI design or can’t afford to bring on a full-time designer. Working as a freelancer or consultant can help you increase your flexibility while gaining experience in a wide range of fields.
Product Designer: instead of just handling the product or service page on the front and back ends, product designers also contribute to the overall project vision and design, creating long term goals. If you’re interested in the entire scheme of things and working with other teams, like marketing, this is the role for you.
UX Researcher: if you’re fascinated by the research behind UX/UI design and have a background in analytical fields, UX Researcher may be the perfect fit for you. In this role, you’ll be analyzing results and researching solutions, looking to solve any problems and dive even further into the field.
UX/UI Design with Ironhack
In just 9 or 24 weeks, Ironhack’s UX/UI design bootcamp is specifically designed to teach out all the basics of the field and prepare you for the workforce. The best part? No IT background is required - or even expected!
Data Analytics in 2023
Defined as the process of cleaning, transforming, and modeling data to learn information for decision-making, data analysis is a lot more common than you might think.
There are five main benefits of data analytics for businesses. Take a look:
Customer experience personalization
Better and informed decision making
Reduced risk and mistakes
Career options in data analytics
Most data analysts tend to follow one of these four career paths:
Data scientist: working as a data scientist will help you gain highly valued experience with data, learning more programming skills, machine learning basics, and advanced math.
Management: if you’re more interested in the data interpretation side of things, looking for a role in management could be perfect for you. In this role, you’ll be responsible for interpreting the data in useful ways for the company and presenting findings to different teams.
Specialist: once you have data analyst experience under your belt, you’ll know exactly what you like and might choose to specialize in a specific area, such as business, operations, marketing, systems, or finance.
Consultant: experience in the field will also allow you to work as a consultant for a wide range of clients, allowing you to diversify the areas in which you work and creating a more flexible work schedule.
Data Analytics with Ironhack
Data is taking center stage in a wide range of industries and the skills from this bootcamp will set you on the path to success. Beyond simply extracting data, you have to know how to use it. And at Ironhack, you’ll learn how to explain it to diverse audiences.
Web Development in 2023
Web developers both create and maintain websites and focus on the backend of the website, such as its technical design, performance, capacity, speed, and capabilities. There are three main kinds of web developers:
Backend developers: backend developers write the website’s code, create its structure, and ensure everything runs smoothly.
Fullstack developers: fullstack developers work on both the back and front ends, typically on teams that don’t have the budget or resources to employ both frontend and backend developers.
Career options in web development
Web developers can work in the following areas (and more!), thanks to their highly valuable skills - and that’s not all! This bootcamp is also useful for marketers looking to become more familiar with the work developers do:
Web development with Ironhack
Whew, that’s a lot. And that’s the best part! Ironhack’s courses are designed to meet industry needs, curating your education to ensure you can be the next tech professional in your dream company. Interested in starting 2023 off on the right foot and kickstarting your tech career? Apply to Ironhack today.