The blockchain industry is still fairly new and demand for qualified employees is likely never to be higher, which is precisely why now is the perfect time to get your foot in the door and kickstart your career in blockchain. But that might sounds easier than it actually is. Blockchain is the buzzword of the moment, and absolutely everyone wants in. Whether you’re looking for a position in development, marketing, or management, you can be sure you’ll be competing with some highly driven and qualified professionals. So, to make things easier for all our fellow Londoners, we’ve prepared a brief beginners guide to getting into the blockchain industry in London.

Learn the Basics of Blockchain Technology

If I could give only one piece of advice, this would be it: make sure you know your stuff. You wouldn’t apply for a job in the culinary industry without knowing the difference between a whisk and a spatula, and things are no different in blockchain. You can’t begin to imagine the number of people who apply for blockchain jobs simply because they heard that’s where the money is. Don’t make that mistake, because if during an interview, an employer realizes you have no idea what you’re talking about, you’ll be out the door before you can say hash rate.

So, again, make sure you know your stuff. At the very least, get the basics down before applying for any blockchain job. Once you understand what a blockchain is, how it works, and how it can be used to make the world a better place, you can start digging deeper. Here are just a few useful articles I recommend reading:

  1. ICO vs STO: Security Token Offering Pros and Cons
  2. Crypto Coin vs. Token: Understanding the Difference
  3. Making Sense of Proof of Work vs. Proof of Stake

You might also want to start a daily habit of following the top cryptocurrency news sites, like Coindesk and CoinTelegraph. Keeping your eye on the cryptocurrency markets won’t hurt either. You should always be aware of who the top players in your industry are and what they’re doing to stay on top.

Start Attending Meetups

Now that you’re all up to speed on the latest developments in the blockchain industry, it’s time to start networking. The best and fastest way to meet new people and make meaningful business relationships is by attending meetups and conferences. Thankfully, London hosts a ton of great blockchain events, both large and small, and you can easily find those that interest you the most on sites like eventbrite.co.uk and meetup.com. But if you’re looking to attend only the most important events in the blockchain industry in London, these are the three you don’t want to miss:

Blockchain Summit London

Part of the Blockchain Summit Series of events that are held in major business centres all around the globe, Blockchain Summit London is one of the world’s leading blockchain for business events. In 2019, this two-day event will be held on the 25th and 26th of June in the Olympia West venue in London and is expected to host around 5000 attendees and 200 of the leading speakers in the blockchain industry.

Check out the full agenda for the event to discover all the amazing talks, panels, and networking sessions you can expect during these two blockchain-packed days. Keep in mind that the interest in Blockchain Summit London is extremely high, so if you plan on attending the event, make sure you register on time.

Crypto Investor Show

The Crypto Investor Show is Europe’s largest crypto and blockchain event targeted toward investors. And while at first glance this might not seem like the perfect place for job hunting, it provides great opportunities to meet the people passionate and knowledgeable enough about blockchain technology to put their money where their mouth is. Plus, you can be sure some of the best blockchain companies and their top representatives will be there to hold seminars and workshops.

The event dates and venue for 2019 are yet to be announced, but you can keep track of all updates and find out how to get your tickets on time here.

CryptoBlockCon

Held regularly in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Los Vegas, CryptoBlockCon is where great minds unite to create the future of blockchain. This series of events is led by a tight-knit group of event professionals passionate about blockchain technology and with a proven track record of gathering the top companies and individuals in the industry to discuss the future of blockchain technology and crypto assets.

The London CryptoBlockCon for 2019 will be held on the 23rd and 24th of September, though the speakers, agenda, and venue still haven’t been announced.

Apply for Entry Level Positions

While you’re brushing up your blockchain skills and networking at some of the top events in London, don’t forget to start applying to entry-level positions in the industry. Remember, the key word here is “entry-level”. The blockchain industry is still akin to the Wild West, and unless you’re among a handful of highly acclaimed experts in the crypto space, your chances of getting in at a higher level position are extremely slim. So keep your expectations low and be ready to work your way up toward the jobs you’re really aiming for.

Some good places to start looking for blockchain jobs are Hired, Glassdoor, and AngelList. Though you could just as easily stay right here at Blockchain Jobs London, where we’ve aggregated not only a list of the best blockchain jobs in the London area but also a catalogue of all the most exciting events for you to attend.

There you have it, our beginners guide to starting a career in the blockchain industry in London. We hope it helps. Now it’s up to you to put yourself out there and give it your best. As we said, it won’t be easy, but once you get a foot in the door, all that hard work is more than likely to pay off. Good Luck!