Using Transferrable Skills to Land a Tech Job With a Non-tech Background

Tuesday, 14 February, 2023
1 2 am EST
Singapore (Online)

About This Event

General Assembly is proud to bring to you Tech Week 2023! This week-long free virtual event series explores workforce and technology trends that will shape the year ahead. This is your chance to stay ahead of the digital transformation and future-proof your career. Check out the rest of the series here.

Do you feel a calling to the tech industry, but nervous you don’t have the right technical skills and don’t know where you could go with the skills you do have?

We got you. When you think of the tech industry, you would likely picture software engineers and product folks, but there is a vast world of non-technical roles waiting for people with your skillset. Transferable skills are called transferable for a reason, after all. Hospitality, healthcare, customer service, retail, education, and the list goes on, make for some of THE BEST tech industry employees.

Join us as we break down the cold hard facts about what it takes to break into tech and have you examine the skills you can leverage RIGHT NOW, to make moves in 2023. Come along and learn what it takes to land both technical and non-technical roles at a company you are actually excited about!


  • What recruiters look out for in candidates for tech jobs

  • What are some transferable skills that are sought after across different industries

  • How to differentiate yourself from the crowd with your transferable skills


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About the Instructor

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Vice Manager, Rakuten

Janani Chandran is a Senior Product Manager at Rakuten Asia. She is passionate about working in the world of e-commerce and digital payments. She is an active volunteer & mentor with many tech clubs and believes in life-long learning.

Having a cumulative 19 years of experience in various phases like development, QA, Project and Product management - Janani works towards collaboration, fostering growth and creativity. Prior to joining Rakuten, she has worked with global companies like Chubb, PayPal, Motorola and LG. She is also a Diversity and Inclusion champion who works to support such initiatives. She dreams of an equal world where differences are valued and appreciated to achieve superior results.

Outside her work, she enjoys yoga, gardening, travelling and connecting with nature.

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Software Engineer, Lexicon, an Endava Company (Formerly Lexicon Digital)

SWE Recruiter turned Developer, I started my career after falling in love with the programming subject matter and helping over a hundred people find new roles. This led me to explore the wider marketplace, understand critical business problems, what teams were actually working on to solve them, and what skills were most valuable in a well rounded engineer as they made each step in their career.

Always a technophile at heart I chose to make my transition over a year ago and have slowly worked towards it ever since, culminating in my completion of formal education with one of my favourite institutions to hire career changers from: General Assembly.

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Career Transition & Mobility Projects Delivery Lead, LHH

Tee-Jay is a highly experienced Change and Transition Specialist who leads the LHH Talent Promotion Team in Australia and supports the team across APAC. She has delivered results on multiple Career Transition Projects and events across the APAC region. These include both organising virtual and in-person events (Employer & Recruiter Spotlights and Career Fairs), plus webinars, social media content creation and LOTS more! She prides herself on being a 'life long learner' and loves helping people to develop careers that they love by reminding them how AMAZING they are.

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Leadership Coach

Stephen come with global IT leadership experiences as CTO, CIO, CISO in Banking, Telco, Airlines, Consumer Healthcare, Humanitarian, Environmental and Technology. He is very passionate about raising the next generation of IT and business leaders and have mentored and coach many into current leadership roles. He is a certified career coaching practitioner, a life transition coach and a Solution Focus coach.

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Regional Account Director, LinkedIn

Shauna is a Regional Account Director at LinkedIn, based in Singapore, and manages some of the worlds largest Staffing & Recruiting companies in South East Asia, Hong Kong & Taiwan. She's passionate about the power of LinkedIn, and the impact it has on people's lives through connection & career opportunities. Outside of work, Shauna plays football & badminton regularly, and spends her weekends on adventures through South East Asia.

About Our Partners

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