It’s hardly a secret that modern society is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. As such, seeking out a career in IT is quite a prudent move if you have the necessary skills and expertise. As businesses and organisations become progressively more reliant upon their IT systems and technology, so the people with the necessary skills and know-how are in greater demand.
IT is a broad term, and there’s a lot of different career paths that you can follow in this industry; from graphic design, to technical support, to digital marketing, to network administration, you need to know what your specific skills are before determining the path you want to take. If this is where you interests lie, then a career in IT will be very rewarding, with superb opportunities for progression.
Relevant qualifications in your specific field are the best way to jump-start a career in IT. Established tech firms are very interested in graduates with specialist IT degrees and many offer excellent opportunities for graduates. Having a relevant degree certainly isn’t going to hinder your chances when it comes to seeking out a career in IT.
Additionally, acquiring some IT certification is also a wise move. This is a good option for people who do not have a degree, and amassing certification from accredited and reputable sources can greatly improve your employability. However, be aware there are some unscrupulous training providers out there; do not pay attention to any company providing training who claim to ‘guarantee work’.
Of course, this does not mean that a degree in computer science is necessary to find inroads into the industry. Experience is valued over qualifications by many companies, and having a strong background in IT with demonstrable skills is sure to attract the attention of potential employers.
If you have no previous experience in IT, but would like to get into this industry, then seeking employment with a smaller, but reputable company is an excellent strategy. You can gain valuable experience and insight whilst working at smaller firms, plus you can seize the opportunity to excel yourself, building up a respectable portfolio of achievement.
Remember that we all have to start somewhere, and without experience, you cannot expect to just walk into a job with a large and well-established company. Spending time honing your skills is the best way to attract the attention of bigger employers.
If you’re currently studying towards a degree in IT, then waste no time in investigating whether your university offers a work placement scheme or internships. These can often be completed whilst studying, and many universities forge partnerships with respected firms. This can give students the opportunity to gain excellent experience whilst working towards their degree.
For those who are seeking a change of career with a move into IT, then think about the transferable skills you garnered from previous employment that may be valuable to IT employers. You may not have previously worked for a dedicated IT company, but your previous role may have required you to use a variety of skills that IT companies find very desirable. What is your experience with computers in your current or previous role? Think long and hard about this and ensure that you’re not underselling yourself.
Of course, all of these factors are useful to help you get your foot in the door, but all your skills and education combined are worthless without a great CV. See one of our earlier blog posts for some superb tips on how to write a great CV.
As one of the leading IT recruitment agencies in London, Sigma I. S. are here to help you find your ideal role in the capital. With our established network of contacts we’re always eager to hear from both candidates and businesses looking for the right people. Don’t hesitate to contact Sigma I. S. Recruitment or give us a call on 020 7281 0934.