Internet School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Like using computers? Got creativity? If the answer is yes, then a career based around the World Wide Web might be easier to achieve than you think.

Using the internet is probably second nature to you, but it's still a mystery to a lot of people. The fact that trends with internet use are changing all the time doesn't help, so businesses will pay professionals to get their website or social media presence up to speed.
There's a lot involved with this though – it takes skills in design, writing, coding, graphics, and even sales and marketing to make a successful business website. You don't necessarily need to be an expert at HTML to work in this industry...although it won't hurt if you are.

What’s it all about?TOP ^

If you're working on the technical part of a website, web development, you of course need to have the coding and implementing knowledge to do the job. If you're in an industry like journalism, sales or marketing that overlaps with careers online, you need to make sure that you can apply your skills to this sector which comes under internet marketing and online marketing.

For instance, if you're selling an ad for a website, you've got a lot more possibilities than part of a page in a magazine or newspaper, and you need to be able to explain those clearly to your client.

Most jobs in this field involve office work, though if you're working in sales you might travel to meet clients. Hours will vary based on the kind of website you're working for – you'll always work a bit later if there's a deadline to meet.

Although it's possible to move from one industry to another, applying the knowledge you've learned in one place to something else, the easiest way to build experience is by working on the same kinds of websites throughout your career. However your career progresses, you can always keep yourself on top of the latest languages and internet trends through classes and qualifications. When you're a bit further along in your career, you can work as a freelance web designer or programmer.

What will I earn?TOP ^

Salaries vary a lot based on what industry you're working in, and what experience you have. Generally, a trainee can earn around £14,000, and a more experienced developer/designer can earn from £20,000 to over £30,000. Freelancers are usually paid more.

Where can I work? TOP ^

The best way to progress in this career is through experience, and the easiest way to get that is through an apprenticeship or qualifications in web design/programming or other aspects of digital media.

You can work in almost any field, from professional dedicated web design and development organisations to the individual IT departments of particular companies.

Many internet entrepreneur’s also set up shop on their own, developing their own websites or apps as online businesses.

What skills do I need for a career in the internet sector? TOP ^

You need a good combination of practical and creative ability, as dealing with websites means having innovative ideas that can apply within a website's parameters. Whether you're working on a team, or working as a consultant, good people skills will ensure you fit in well with your colleagues and give your clients the kind of site they want.

Some of the skills you’ll need to work in this sector 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 also be useful:
  • Programming languages
  • SEO
  • Understanding of operating systems
  • Installing and configuring hardware

What entry level internet jobs can I do? TOP ^

The beauty of the internet is that it is still developing. Almost anybody can break into the industry providing that they have a good idea, so a while a degree might be desirable, it’s certainly not necessary.

Some entry level internet jobs could include:

  • Games tester
  • Web developer
  • Apps designer
  • Web programmer
  • Systems analyst
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