Telecommunications School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Could you go for a week without using your mobile phone? Ok, maybe that's a little drastic...how about a day? An afternoon? An hour?! We've become so used to being able to talk to whoever we want, whenever we want that going back to how things used to be back in the days when mobile phones weren’t used this much seems impossible.Telecommunications

What’s it all about?TOP ^

The telecommunications industry covers radios, phones, broadband, television - anything that transmits information over a long range. There are some really exciting developments in this industry, so if you're into technology, this is the perfect place for you to find a career. It takes people from all levels of knowledge and experience, so you specialise in anything from setting up cable networks to designing the software needed to make a communications system work.

Because technology changes so quickly, you'll need to keep up your training in the area of telecommunications that you work in. It's good if you can be flexible about the kind of job you get started in, as experience is really important in moving up in your career. There will very likely be some travel involved, especially if you work in technical support or sales.

What will I earn? TOP ^

How much money you can make depends on both your experience and how specialised your role is. A telecommunications technician can make £15,000-£18,000, and a telecommunications engineer can make over £30,000 with experience. A cabling engineer can make £20,000-£25,000.

Where can I work? TOP ^

Getting jobs in telecommunications and moving into higher roles is mostly based on experience, so it's important that you find ways to keep adding to your skills. There are apprenticeships available in a variety of telecommunications roles - visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
You can work in telecommunications with a range of employers, from multi-national companies down to lower level communications in small businesses.

What skills will I need in telecommunications? TOP ^

You need to be good at solving problems, and also good at prioritising them so you can meet deadlines. Being thorough in your work, and knowing about the latest developments in telecommunications will help you progress.

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:

What entry level telecommunications jobs can I do? TOP ^

Telecommunications is a broad industry with plenty of different job roles and ways to enter. Although a degree is normally sought after, you can get into the industry through work experience and/or apprenticeships.

Some entry level jobs in the telecommunications industry include:

  • Database assistant
  • IT assistant
  • Systems analyst
  • Network engineer
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