Getting your first job as a Scrum Master

Looking to kickstart your career as a Scrum Master? Tips on getting your first job as a Scrum Master:

The two questions below are probably the most common questions people ask when they are first introduced to Scrum.

  • Can I get a job as a Scrum Master without any experience?
  • Can I get a Scrum Master job if I don’t have any IT or project delivery experience?

The short answer is ‘ yes’, it is possible to change careers into scrum without experience, but it may be more challenging. Here are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of success:

    1. Get certified in Scrum: A Scrum Master certification demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the framework.
    2. Research the field: Learn as much as you can about the industry and the specific role you’re interested in. Understand the skills and qualifications that are typically required.
    3. Develop transferable skills: Identify skills you have developed in your previous career that are also relevant to your new field. These can include problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills.
    4. Gain experience: Look for opportunities to work on Scrum teams as a Scrum Master in your current role or team. This is one of the best and easiest way of getting the initial experience you need.
    5. Network: Attend Scrum or Agile-related events and conferences, and connect with other Scrum Masters or Agile practitioners.
    6. Be flexible and open-minded: Be ready to adapt to new challenges and learning opportunities, and be open to feedback.
    7. Apply for open positions: Look for job listings for Scrum Master positions and apply to those that match your qualifications and experience.
    8. Be prepared for an interview: Come prepared to speak about your experience, your understanding of Scrum, and your ability to lead and facilitate a Scrum team.
    9. Show your enthusiasm and motivation: Make sure that your CV and cover letter show your enthusiasm and motivation for the new field, and how your previous experiences make you a strong fit for the role.
    10. Find a mentor or a coach or can help you with your journey.