Computing and IT School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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So you like computers and video games. But do you know how they work? When the screen freezes or your laptop keeps crashing, do you know how to fix it? That's where IT (information technology) and computing professionals come in. They do everything from knowing which keys to hit to keep your computer running, to designing the games that keep you from revising.Computing and IT

There's hardly any kind of business these days that doesn't need a computer to keep it going, so IT is a huge industry that's growing all the time. As new technology comes out, new kinds of businesses come with it, or existing businesses find new ways to expand what they do. They all want people who can help them figure out what kinds of computer systems and programmes they need, and who can also come round to fix them when they go wrong.

What’s it all about? TOP ^

School leavers looking for computing and IT jobs will need to get experience of coding, working in IT repairs and also have the ability to think creatively and come up with new ideas.

Roles can vary depending on the type of IT role you want. You could create flashy new websites, apps and games. You could work in hardware development, making faster and more powerful computers, or you could work in an admin role supporting business.

Most people in the IT industry work normal hours, and can easily have a good office and home life balance. There will be deadlines to keep to when installing new programmes or fixing bugs, but you'll usually work with a team so you'll have plenty of support while you're learning the ropes. Whether you're fixing computers or designing software and games, you'll be rewarded for how much you achieve, so going the extra mile is always a good idea.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Trainee IT support technicians can start off with a salary of £17,000, and end up earning over £20,000 with experience. This can rise to more than £50,000 for IT managers or directors.

Software and game designers earn around £20,000 while they're training, moving up to and over £40,000 as you become more experienced.

Where can I work?TOP ^

IT technicians and programmers are vital to pretty much every industry. Almost every company will have a web development or IT department which will look after all the computing needs of the company.

You can also look for dedicated development companies who work on a freelance basis, designing apps, games or websites.

What skills will I need in computing and IT? TOP ^

Those working in IT and technology have a strong set of skills. These can be both technical, such as coding and hardware skills, and softer employability skills. These can include:

  • Ability to keep up with new technologies
  • Willingness to learn
  • Organisation
  • Motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • 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

What entry level computing and IT jobs can I do? TOP ^

While computing and IT jobs typically require a degree, they aren’t exclusively the preserve of those who have been to university. If you have skills in coding and understand computing languages, then you’ll be in with a chance of landing an entry level computing and IT job.

Some typical entry level roles include:

  • IT technician
  • Junior analyst
  • Junior web developer
  • It support administrator
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