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Internet Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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As a relatively new industry, the internet and its associated media is a great place for graduates with innovative ideas to make their mark. This is an industry where ideas are king.

Setting up your own internet company has very low overheads and means you can be your own boss. It requires lots of research, self-motivation and determination but if you get the business model right it could lead to early business success.

Many pre-existing jobs have evolved to cater for the needs of internet business. For example, advertising sales and graphic design staff are now employed specifically for internet sites, while entirely new careers such as web development have been created over the last fifteen years.

One of the biggest growing sectors in the internet is social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. Many companies are moving their production online and need savvy graduates with social media expertise to promote their products.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

The nature of the internet sector is such that those employed in it can come from almost any background. The subject of your degree is therefore less important than the idea, but if you want to work in the web development or creation side of the internet, you will obviously need some technical skills.

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

  • Computer science
  • Software engineering
  • System analysis
  • Business and economics
  • Marketing

What skills do I need?TOP ^

Graduates working in the internet sector have a strong set of skills. They include:

  • Ability to keep up with new technologies
  • Adaptation
  • Research
  • Creativity
  • Trendspotting
  • Motivation

However, your skills will vary depending on which area you work in. If you want to work in the more technical fields such as web developing or web programming the following skills will be useful:

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

What graduate internet job can I do? TOP ^

As the internet continues to develop, so do the jobs available in it. From web creation to social media, online journalism to micro-businesses, the internet is a huge playground with opportunities in every field.

Some technical jobs that you may be interesting in doing after graduation include:

  • Web programmer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • IT manager
  • Games developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • Network engineer

Getting an IT or technical-based job in the internet sector means learning basic programming skills and continuing to develop these as the sector grows and updates.

Alternatively, you could work in any number of roles supporting internet or online businesses, from sales to social media to SEO (search engine optimisation, or getting your website highly ranked on Google for novices).

Average salariesTOP ^

Those with IT and technology skills are in high demand, meaning that those working in the technical side of the internet can expect decent starting salaries.

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 most industries, salaries can rise rapidly with experience and growth.

Some typical starting salaries in the internet sector include:

  • Systems developer: £23,000 - £27,500
  • Applications developer: £20,000 - £26,000
  • Technical author: £23,000 - £25,000
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