Graduate Careers Advice

Graduate Telecommunications Careers

Lucy Miller

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.

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 opportunities for both graduates and school leavers.

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

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

The main 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, but there are also plenty of opportunities available in planning, sales, marketing, customer service, finance and human resources.

Technical jobs in this industry cover design, manufacture installation, testing and maintenance. Those starting out in this industry can train to become network and software engineers, and to develop new services.

Many telecommunications professionals 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 Telecommunications roles can you do?

There are several different 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

How Much Can I Earn as a Systems Developer?

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

According to 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.

Once you are in a permanent job, salaries in the logistics sector vary largely depending on your specific job. According to Payscale.com, averages wages in logistics are as follows:

  • Network Engineer - £30,336
  • Systems Developer £30,679
  • Software developer - £32,881
  • Project manager - £46,052

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

What Qualifications Do I Need to be a Systems Developer?


After a Bachelors degree

Many companies are accepting applications from people with a 2:1. Requirements from smaller companies tend to vary.

What Skills Do I Need to be a Systems Developer?

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:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical skills
  • Time management
  • Creativity
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Presentation skills

Students and graduates from many different areas 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.

On the other hand, if your background is more practical or you started out with an apprenticeship in some form of engineering you are likely to have the technical skills required too.

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