5 Reasons the EdTech industry is a great idea for the development of your career

28 October 2021

Developers, here’s a list of reasons why EdTech is a good career for you!

EdTech is booming. If you haven’t read our text on 10 reasons why EdTech is growing so fast,
check it out here .
With this boom comes a great explosion of new and remote EdTech jobs. Many of you will sooner or later be approached by an EdTech company or their HR partner with an EdTech job offer.
Is it worth considering?

What motivates you?

Nelson Mandela once uttered a sentence that should be written on the walls of each and every school on the planet: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ It takes people out of poverty; it saves lives and prevents wars. And why are we saying this?

When you choose your employer, there is a variety of factors you take into consideration.
We’ve asked a few techies and here’s what they say:

‘I’d like to take part in a project that is fresh and new, rather than reengineer an existing solution. I’d like to work in a team where I can develop professionally, ask questions, and – most importantly – get some support from a colleague while doing my tasks.’

Marta Szmit Front-end developer

‘I’d like to join a team where I can contribute, but also have fun. This is when the best code is created. I sometimes need a change in my career and to see a different piece of code and other standards. People are also important to me.’

Mateusz Walczyna PHP developer

‘Professional development – the challenges at work should grow along with me. The more I develop, the more challenging tasks I expect to face. I appreciate it when my employer provides space for that. 

Impact is important. I love to feel that there is a mission behind the product I create. 

Decisiveness and trust is key. I want to be responsible for my part of the job. Since I trust my employer to make reasonable business decisions, I want them to trust my technical instincts. 

People are paramount. They make or break the atmosphere at work, where I spend many hours. We are all different and sometimes relations are not perfect at the beginning, but it is crucial that we all feel comfortable in a team and will cooperate in the long term.’

Paweł Przyłucki Senior software engineer

‘The perfect conditions for me are: a 100% remote team, ideally an international one; 100% flexible working hours, just a few – if any – meetings; a competitive salary and, of course, I’d really appreciate a 4-day working week. I’ve done that and I believe it is the future.’

Michał Dudziński Software developer

So, ask yourself the question: Is what I am doing important?
Are the results of my work helping anyone? Am I working for an important cause? These questions are even more important now, when everything around us is heavily tied to having money and possessions.

Happy to carry on working on ancient code? No, thank you!

EdTech is young and full of energy. If you are fed up with working on boring solutions for FinTech, or sophisticated ERP systems or repetitive e-commerce projects… and nobody in the team remembers why you are working on the projects and what they are for, look into fresh and innovative EdTech products.
What’s more, the industry is changing fast so you need to adapt, be up to date, learn new stuff and be ready to reinvent learning and teaching experiences. EdTech is great for professional development. You will not be bored, for sure.

Do you think innovations look good in a portfolio?

There are a lot of opportunities for software developers to create impactful tools for education. EdTech is also a sector that empowers innovations and new technologies as one of the first.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality help build laboratories of the future and create immersive worlds where students can visualize concepts and learn new skills. How about learning anatomy to perform complicated surgeries on virtual patients with a fully interactive model or experimenting with chemicals and test tubes without any health risk?

3D printing allows for the creation of historical artifacts, models of molecules, cells, viruses and organs, as well as architectural projects or mathematical solutions.

With artificial intelligence one can build personalised learning paths and provide students with valuable feedback.

Affective computing recognises students’ emotions and adapts the methods and techniques to how students feel.

Blockchain revolutionises the way students are assessed and it helps to ensure the data safety of millions of students around the world.

IoT products are used to create intelligent campuses.

The fusion of learning and gaming? It’s no surprise, children are natural players. If we can teach them something useful while they play – let’s do it!

EdTech loves innovation. Wouldn’t you like to add some of these to your CV or portfolio?

Recession, depression, crisis? Not in education

For a long time, education had been quite slow in adopting new technologies, but now the EdTech sector is booming. While so many industries have been struggling to survive the pandemic, EdTech firms have been recruiting hard.
Education technology has flourished due to the pandemic and is one of the safest career opportunities that offers, among others, financial stability! A lot of companies are expanding and investing in the latest digital technologies that can enhance learning experience. They are innovators, distributors of digital textbooks, platform providers or SaaS companies supporting K12 education or lifelong learning. Since all the solutions for remote and online education need to work seamlessly and they highly depend on technological infrastructure, there is a growing demand for talent in the sector. The growth is predicted to be sustainable.

‘Miss, can I ask you something?

‘I remember a project where we tested a digital platform and high-quality digital resources in one public school in the south of Poland. We entered the classroom, set up the computers, tablets and two smart television sets. We rearranged the desks so that we could all work creatively in groups. Children were active during the lessons, they explored, created, played and discussed. When we finished and the classroom was almost empty, one student came to us (it later turned out she was usually shy and introverted).  She dropped her head and quietly asked: ‘Miss, can I ask you something? Could the next lesson be the same?’

If it is worth doing something it must change the world for the better.’

Alina Guzik Our EdTech Expert

So, are you ready to start your EdTech job hunt? One way is to wait until you get a satisfying job offer on your desk. The other option is to actively look for an EdTech job you would really love to do.

Don’t miss our next blog post!

About the Authors

Alina Guzik

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  • Educational expert and consultant; EdTeach product designer; passionate about innovation, trends, and modern education. Leader of R&D projects.
  • Creator of a dozen of award-winning digital products addressing the following areas: project-based learning, special educational needs, coding, robotics, career development, math, bank of educational digital resources, educational mobile apps, and many more.
  • Author of a world-class innovation project granted by the National Center for Research and Development in the field of personalization, AI, and machine-learning educational solutions. Author of the “Book of Trends in Education” awarded with the REVERE Award.
  • A teacher by profession and an innovator by choice.

Kasia Pruska

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  • Versatile and charismatic product expert with almost two decades of experience in the EdTech industry. An advocate of the reasonable use of technology in education.
  • Creator and co-creator of 10+ digital products (web and mobile) for education in preschool, K12, ELT (English as a second language), tertiary, and higher education markets.
  • Editor of 20+ books, digital content developer, and author.
  • Strategist and expert of product design and delivery.
  • Mindful listener, life-long learner, researcher, and entrepreneur.
  • On a mission to inspire organizations to create products that change the world.
  • A teacher of English by profession and a product manager by choice.