Computing and IT Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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There are a very large number of exciting jobs in the IT and technology industries. In the twenty first century, the pace at which technology is developing, as well as how much we rely on it every day, means that those working in the IT sector are constantly on the cutting edge of new developments and innovations – many of which have the ability to change lives as well as enrich the user experience.

Developments in tablet and app technology mean that the IT sector is incredibly fast paced and competitive - new products come onto the market every day, and those working in technology must prepare to be challenged and to be constantly enthusiastic about learning new things.

Because of the growing importance of having a strong online presence, those working in technology and IT are now in more demand than ever. This demand for workers means good pay and a certain level of job security - but as more and more people catch on to the benefits of working in IT it is likely that the quality of the workforce will continue to improve, making competition for jobs extremely high.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

The nature of the IT and technology sector is such that those employed within it must have a very well-honed set of specific skills. The subject of your degree is therefore important, as without the technical skills provided by tech based subjects you are unlikely to have the know-how to make it in this highly competitive sector.

Most employers are likely to ask for applicants to have a 2.1 or above in their degree. Subjects that could lead into IT or technology related jobs include:

  • Computer science
  • Software engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • System analysis
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Having said this, if you are in a management or team leader role your technical skills will be less important - although to have authority over your staff and to be able to manage well you should at least know the basics. If you do not have a degree in one of the above subjects but are still interested in working in the IT and technology sector you may find that your talents are in management, or in business analysis, as these areas require much broader skills and less specific technical knowledge. Graduates in any subject can be valuable in non-tech roles, as long as they display knowledge of IT and are willing to learn.

What skills do I need?TOP ^

Those working in IT and technology have a strong set of skills. They include:

  • Ability to keep up with new technologies
  • Adaptation
  • Research
  • Willingness to learn
  • Organisation
  • Motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • High levels of concentration
  • Creative flair

Very specifically, those working as web developers or web programmers will need an in depth knowledge of, amongst other things:

  • Programming languages
  • SEO
  • Understanding of operating systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Installing and configuring hardware

There are of course general skills that are required for everyone who works in IT, not just those in very specific technical jobs. They include:

Clearly, there are a number of skills needed by those working in IT and technology, and in order to be successful in this sector you will need to posses most of them to some extent.

What graduate IT/ technology job can I do? TOP ^

There are hundreds of jobs in IT that are open to graduates. Some of the most common include:

  • Web programmer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • IT sales
  • IT support officer
  • IT consultant
  • IT manager
  • Games developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • Network engineer

Some of these jobs (e.g. system analyst) require you to have very specific technological skills, while others, such as IT sales, require other skills that you may have picked up outside your degree.

The vast majority of businesses and organisations require a technical team, even if it is only one person to keep up their website and social media presence, and this means that getting a job in IT as a graduate should be relatively straightforward - there are in any case plenty of opportunities.

If you do not work for a company you may work for an IT consultancy, meaning you will be hired by organisations that are looking for particular tech-based solutions. You will be contracted, in this case, to research and complete a particular task for the client. Because your expertise as an IT consultant will be valued highly you are likely to be paid very well in this role.

Average IT and technology salariesTOP ^

Those with IT and technology skills are in high demand, meaning that those working in the sector can expect a salary that reflects this.

An IT support officer is likely to start on between £17,000 and £23,000, with managers earning in excess of £40,000. At an IT consultancy the average pay is around £43,000.

As with any industry, pay is entirely dependent on the size and prestige of your company, its location and your previous experience. Sometimes, particularly with consultancy work, it may also be dependent on performance.

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