Information Technology (or “IT” as it commonly known as) is a multi-billion Pound industry. We all rely on everyday systems which are controlled by computers or related IT equipment, so as you can imagine there are many jobs available in this sector.
If you are thinking of starting a new or changing to a career in IT, there are plenty of paths you can take depending on your chosen speciality.
Why work in IT?
The IT industry has consistently been one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, and is an industry which offers a wide array of jobs across many different sectors.
Each of these sectors require people that possess different sets of skills and strengths, and the options available to people wanting to start a career in IT are vast.
A good standard of education (i.e. good grades in your GCSEs) as well as excellent written and spoken skills are necessary, as depending on what IT career path you choose, you may need to deal with customers and internal stakeholders at all levels, from immediate colleagues right up to senior management level.
You will of course need to be computer literate, so knowing your way around software and knowledge of basic computer terminology helps.
This depends on what sorts of jobs you go for. Some companies (but not all) insist on candidates to have a university degree such as one of the many different types of Bachelor of Computer Science degrees available.
There are some IT disciplines for which you cannot get a university degree for, such as web design, although if you were to become a web developer (programmer) than the computer science degree will apply.
If you have never had a job dealing specifically with IT, then a potential employer will want to know if you have got the required skills and knowledge to do the job you have applied for.
You have the ability to gain industry-recognised certification in a number of IT disciplines, which will have a massive positive impact on your CV and subsequently any jobs you apply for.
Examples of industry-recognised certification (both in the UK and across the globe) include:
- CompTIA – certifications include A+ (covers general computer maintenance, installation and basic networking), Network+ (covers basic network maintenance, installation and troubleshooting), and Server+ (covers topics such as RAID, multiple CPU environments, and disaster recovery);
- Microsoft – certifications include MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate), MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert), and MCSD (Microsoft Certified Systems Developer);
- Cisco – certifications include CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician), CCT (Cisco Certified Technicians), and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).
Entry paths into IT
There are no specific IT entry paths as such, but you should decide whether you wish to get involved with the technical side of IT (building, maintaining and repairing) or the management side (overseeing projects, planning, design, architecture).
For those starting out in IT, the most common jobs for IT newbies include help desk and technical support engineers, web designers and developers, and project managers.
This post was written by The Change Organisation, IT Distributors in the UK & Europe.
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