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Jobs in IT: How to get your foot in the door

Are you interested in technology? Do you enjoy finding new and different ways to solve problems? Do you like learning new skills and remaining up-to-date with the latest technology trends? This is what an IT career can offer you.

Careers in IT can be a tempting choice: they attract above-average salaries and are frequently advertised. It’s also an industry that is constantly evolving, so it’s important to make the right decision.

There are many ways to find a job in IT, so here is some advice for entry-level IT enthusiasts trying to land a career in IT:

–    IT can offer many career routes: from development and web design to database management, training and project management. So it’s important to consider the IT area you are interested in and then acquire and hone the most appropriate skills.

–    Seek advice on what is likely to be the most popular skills in the future – you’ll be entering a field where you are always learning. Start adding certifications to your resume along with your experience. The British Computer Society is a good starting point when considering getting qualifications in the IT field. (Visit http://www.bcs.org/)

–    Get to know the right people and network – look into an apprenticeship or seek an internship at reputable companies.

–    Write a competitive resume and list it on prominent internet jobsites such as http://www.cwjobs.co.uk/ or http://www.jobserve.co.uk/. Also, ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date or register if you don’t have one, and join IT groups.

–    In your spare time, focus on honing your skills and keeping up with the constantly evolving applications, hardware and software that you’ll need to use.

–    School systems are a great place to start – if you land such job, you’ll be doing everything from un-jamming printers to supporting the school’s LAN. If you are able to secure a mixture of experience, it’s going to prove a big advantage in the long run.

A successful IT career isn’t just about knowing a lot about computers and networks. It’s knowing the right way to get started, getting the right combination of experience and certifications, and networking.

 

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