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Tech Talent Redefined: The role of Career Switchers in the skills shortage

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28 September 2023 17:30 - 20:30

The tech industry is booming. And yet, as the industry grows ever larger, skill shortages are posing a very real risk to growth across many of the industry’s sectors. In a Gartner survey conducted in late 2022, 86% of CIOs reported facing more competition for qualified candidates, and 73% said that they were worried about IT talent attrition. Clearly, when it comes to tech talent, demand continues to outstrip supply. That means that businesses need to get smarter when it comes to sourcing the best new talent – and that’s where career switchers come in.

As traditional career routes fade into the past and “portfolio” careers grow in popularity, Softwire Manchester is teaming up with TechSwitch to host an exciting event, bringing together experts to take a closer look at why career switching may be the answer to closing the tech talent gap. And you will also hear firsthand from career switchers who have successfully made the pivot into tech.

We’ll be keeping things informal, and there will be plenty of time to chat with all the speakers, among others, over pizza, nibbles, and drinks.


  • 17:30 – Arrival, welcome drinks and nibbles 
  • 18:00 – Introduction to the role of career switchers in solving the tech skills shortage from Sasha and Sophia 
  • 18:30 – Break for pizza 
  • 18:45 – Fireside chat with Career Switchers: Cara and Careena 
  • 19:30 – Networking, further drinks and nibbles 
  • 20:30 – Event ends
28 September 2023 17:30 - 20:30
Floor 2, Hilton House
26 - 28 Hilton Street
Northern Quarter
M1 2EH
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