Telecommunications Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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The UK is one of the leading locations in Europe for telecommunications and the industry employs over 250,000 people in around 7,800 companies which offer plenty of graduate job opportunities.

Telecommunications is a growing sector with revenue generated from the industry worldwide expecting to grow from $2.1 trillion in 2012 to $2.7 trillion in 2017.

The industry provides mobile services, broadband, land telephony and video on demand services.

The main graduate employers in this vast global industry are the telecommunications companies, internet service providers and equipment manufacturers.

Key companies in the telecommunications industry include:

  • BT
  • EE
  • Vodaphone
  • O2
  • Virgin Media

Many of the jobs in this industry are technical based however nowadays there are plenty of graduate opportunities available in planning, sales, marketing, customer service, finance and human resources.

Technical jobs in this industry cover design, manufacture installation, testing and maintenance. Graduates can see themselves train to become network and software engineers who develop new services.

Many telecommunications graduates can expect to be located within London and the East of England.

After five years of working in telecommunications you could see yourself potentially managing a group of software developers or working on large scale IT projects- the opportunities are never-ending.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

If you are looking for a career in telecommunications, earning degrees in directly related subjects such as telecommunications or telecommunications systems will make you standout. Degrees in computing or related subjects are also beneficial to gaining a graduate job in telecommunications.
However, it is not essential to have a degree in the above subjects, with many companies accepting applications from people with a 2:1 and specific UCAS points in any subject. Requirements from smaller companies tend to vary.

What skills do I need for a career in telecommunications?TOP ^

An understanding of how the telecommunications industry and its systems work is sought by employers, and they often also expect you to have some relevant work experience.

Alongside any specific technical skills and knowledge telecommunications employers will be looking for a series of soft skills.

Some of the skills that telecommunications recruiters might look for are:

Graduates from many degree disciplines will have the necessary skills for working in telecommunications . Degrees offer a good set of skills in logical thought, presentation, analysis and communication all of which are important for a career in telecommunications.

What graduate telecommunications job can I do? TOP ^

There are several different graduate jobs in telecommunications across different areas of work. Some of the jobs you can do in telecommunications are:

  • Network engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database developer
  • Systems developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Sales professional

Average telecommunications salariesTOP ^

Salaries for graduates in the telecommunications sector are amongst the highest in the UK at present.

According the ‘The Graduate Market in 2013’ report by High Fliers the telecommunications industry is set to offer salaries above the national median of £29,000, with an average starting wage of £30,000.

Salaries can rise dramatically upon gaining extra professional qualifications and experience.

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