Where to find that coveted job in the IT industry
Unquestionably, in a world in which information now reigns supreme, there is much demand among those recruiting staff for the most up-to-date IT skills. Digital mediums have such an instrumental role in making our world more accessible and functional, and if you have a degree in a STEM subject like science, technology, engineering and maths, you can find especially rewarding IT posts through Webrecruit (http://www.webrecruit.co.uk).
Indeed, there might be no faster-growing industry than IT in the next decade, with workers in this sector being in demand among SMEs as well as major multinational businesses, across every industry that you can imagine. There have even been warnings from the European Commission recently that a digital skills gaps across the continent could pose an increasing problem to those looking to recruit staff in this area.
So, finding that dream IT job should be a cinch, right? Not quite. Even just knowing where to start can be tricky, given that not every candidate necessarily graduated in a specific branch like computer animation or games development, and are therefore aware of the particular work that interests them. A computer science degree will give you a good knowledge of the fundamentals, before you consider the more specialised areas of interest to you.
Your first move after your degree could be a graduate scheme giving you a rounded experience of the different roles that large company IT departments involve themselves in, or if you already have a niche area of IT in mind, you may opt for a smaller company where you can gain more in-depth knowhow. Online recruitment drives are regularly undertaken by firms in IT security and software design, for example.
This is one sector that continually changes, so expect relentless personal development to be a defining characteristic of your IT career. Obtaining work in a more niche environment may serve your career better in the long run, and you may find yourself attending many conferences and undertaking fresh training to keep abreast of the latest changes in the industry and related technologies.
Recruiters in web design will generally look for a relevant degree in computing, media or graphics, as well as a strong portfolio. Salaries differ depending on the specific area of the country and tend to range from £18,000-£20,000 for junior positions, up to about £50,000 or above for seniors and creative/art directors.