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The IT sector

Jobs in IT fall in 3 main areas.

  • IT companies that deal specifically with, programming, consultancy, networking,data processing or hosting & web services.
  • IT innovators - Companies in this business sector are at the forefront of IT research and development (R&D). e.g. Apple and Microsoft.
  • Everyone else - including financial services, retail, telecommunications, including mobile and broadband services, public sector, manufacturing & games development.

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Getting in and getting experience

In most IT roles employers will be looking for a mixture of transferable skills such as, communication, project management, team work and innovation plus technical skills related to the role. Check out the job profiles for detailed information on skills and training requirements for each role.

Don't have an IT related degree?

Opportunities in some technical areas are open to any student with the relevant skills, such as coding and programming which can be gained outside your degree.

Roles such as project management, sales, consultancy and business analysis, marketing and finance are available for those without a background in IT, you will however, have to prove your interest in IT and that you can use it!

Fancy a technical role? Then you could consider an IT conversion course. Conversion courses are INTENSIVE. If you have never done any programming before then it is strongly advised that you start doing some before you begin the course. Conversion courses vary in focus and content - pick one specific to your interests and use the dissertation as an opportunity to develop relevant programming skills. Apply early (i.e. autumn semester) for the more competitive courses. Investigate funding early on. Consider approaching employers for sponsorship.

The Prospects website has a searchable database of all postgraduate opportunities in the UK. Check the entry requirements to find out if your current degree subject is accepted. Reflect on your transferable skills and related knowledge gained at university to sell.

How can I get experience?

You may have developed skills as part of your course, during work experience or extra curricular activities.

  • Create a portfolio of evidence. Have you designed an app or a game? Created a website? Worked on a real world problem that needed an innovative IT solution? Managed a team project? or solved a coding problem?
  • Digital & social media roles may be technical or more about marketing. Have you used social media succesfully? Are you a blogger or vlogger?

Experience to demonstrate relevant skills and commercial awareness.

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