Variety of tech roles, not just coding

Are you looking for a career change? Have you recently graduated, or are you perhaps are looking to re-enter the workforce? New Zealand’s growing tech sector has opportunities for people from all backgrounds and skill-sets.

Signal’s innovative one-year Shift programme combines your existing degree and experience, with tailored tech education and training, and is the ideal way to kick-start your tech career.

 ‘‘Shifters’’ have come from health science, business, philosophy, sociology, geology, engineering, marketing, and humanities, and have moved into roles in software development, business analysis, geospatial technology, education, web design and development, and tech sales and marketing.

The Shift programme is delivered in both Dunedin and Christchurch, and delivers current and responsive industry-focused training, which includes meeting local industry, and completion of projects and internships within industry, mentoring, and networking opportunities — all of which prepare you to start your new career within this dynamic and fast-growing sector.

Recent Shift graduate Isaac Burwell has a geology and mining background, as well as management experience. As a stay-at-home dad to three schoolaged daughters, he found Shift’s school friendly hours enabled an easy pathway of study to transition into a tech role.

Isaac now works as a solution manager for Seequent, a global leader in the development of data visualisation software and collaborative technologies. Their solutions enable people to uncover valuable insights from geological data.

 ‘‘Combining my previous skills and experience with tech skills has enabled me to land an amazing tech job,’’ Isaac says. ‘‘I enjoy the exciting work, flexible hours, and modern, positive work environment.’’

 Student Jess Wren is typical of this year’s Shift cohort. She trained as a medical radiation therapist, and worked in clinical roles for several years. Jess later worked in sales for a radiotherapy software company, where she realised the value and impact tech has on our society.

 ‘‘I’m completing the Shift programme because I want to learn how to create technology and tools to use to enrich our lives and solve problems for people,’’ Jess says.

 Tech is New Zealand’s third-largest export sector and it’s growing fast. Demand for talent within the tech sector is high, with an estimated 9000 new fulltime roles (*TIN Report 2017) being created over the next two years. Tech roles are diverse and can be extremely creative, flexible, and rewarding.

To learn more about tech career options and how you could shift careers, give them a call on 0800-990-024, or email

Or find out more at the free Pizza & Tech Careers event from 5.30pm-7pm on Tuesday May 28th at 123 Vogel St, Dunedin. Contact them to reserve your seat.