7 Steps to Transition to Web3
It can be daunting to make a career shift to web3, especially for those who don’t code. There are new roles that don’t exist in other industries, and recruiting seems informal and network-based.
Here are 7 steps to transition to web3, for non-technical folks.
1. Start by learning blockchain fundamentals
Don’t skip this step because it clarifies the how and why of web3.
2. Immerse yourself in the industry by consuming the top information sources
Here are some key newsletters:
- Forefront – social tokens/DAOs
- BanklessDAO – DeFi
- The Defiant
- Not Boring Club
- OurNetwork – on-chain metrics
- Linda Xie – all things web3
- My newsletter
Tip: when you find projects you’d like to learn about, search for those founders’ podcast interviews to deep-dive into how they think.
3. Follow people on Twitter
Twitter is the “layer 0” of web3, where a lot of the networking and information flow happens.
Twitter as a read-only experience is already valuable, but publishing turbo-charges what you get out of it. Start by writing summaries of various Spaces, podcasts, curating links, etc. Don’t be afraid to jump into conversations and ask questions — many people will respond!
4. Use crypto products
AKA: learn by doing. Buy some ETH or SOL on an exchange, transfer it to a crypto wallet like Phantom or MetaMask, and start using dapps. You can:
- Buy an NFT on Open Sea or Magic Eden
- SUpport crowdfunds on Mirror
- Swap tokens on Uniswap or SushiSwap
If costs are a barrier, try DeFi apps on low-fee chains:
- DeFi Land – gamified DeFi
- Orca – user-friendly dex/liquidity pools
- Solend – lending
- Drift Protocol – perpetual futures
Or try DeFi apps on Polygon:
- PoolTogether – no-loss prize games
- Polymarket – event betting
- Furucombo – optimizing DeFi strategy
5. Find your niche
There many sub-sectors within web3, each with their own rabbit holes of resources, content, and products:
- For NFTs, follow accounts on Context to see what people are minting and trading
- For DAOs, browse profiles on Backdrop to see what DAOs people are participating in
- For music lovers, join Water & Music and SONGCAMP and browse music NFTs on Catalog and Sound
6. Hop into a DAO and start contribution
This is a great, lightweight way to meet people building in web3. Introduce yourself in Discord, meet core contributors, and ask how to help.
7. Finally, commit to one (or a few) DAOs or work for a startup
By this point, you’ll have gained clarity on what’s interesting to you and where you want to spend more time.
For those not looking for a full-time role, resources like RabbitHole, Layer3 and DAO Exchange aggregate earnings opportunities across DAOs. There are also groups like MetricsDAO, ScribeDAO, and PubDAO that offer users opportunities to do work and earn tokens.
What skills are in-demand in web3?
- Community building: manage socials, foster engagement, make connections
- Content: write explainers, tutorials, documentation; refine narratives
- Governance: create proposals, engage on governance forums
- Data analysis: create on-chain analytics dashboards
- Tokenomics: design tokenomics based on the specific nature of the project
- project management: take notes, summarize community calls, be a “glue” person
Web3 projects are also hungry for the rest of the traditional non-technical startup roles: product management, design, business development, finance, recruiting, etc. Excel at any of these skills and you’re extremely hireable.
Reach out to non-technical web3 folks and learn about their journeys. Most people in the industry are extremely welcoming to newcomers and keep their DMs open. Find ways to give value to them and proactively offer to help.
Transitioning to web3 may seem like a herculean effort at first — it’s like a parallel universe, and it’s hard to know how one’ past experiences translate. But don’t worry, there is a spot for you here.
Here are some other helpful resources:
- @natimuril’s beautiful guide and progress tracker for non-technical people going full-time in crypto
- she256’s beginner’s guide to crypto