Whether you’re coding sites or developing software, the IT sector is dynamic. If you’re technically minded, then a career in IT can be financially – and personally – rewarding.
Here are five common roles you might find yourself in as a IT graduate.
A software developer plays a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems. You will develop a range of software solutions, from operating systems and databases to mobile applications and games. You will find employment across many industry sectors, from finance and retail to engineering, transport and public organisations, so the projects you work on can be highly varied.
An IT consultant works to improve the efficiency of IT systems in various organisations. You will provide technical expertise and strategic guidance to industrial and commercial clients. You may be responsible for designing and installing new systems, repairing computer problems and training new users. The main appeal of consulting for many people is that you work on new and different projects all the time.
A web developer builds a website fashioning everything from the home page to site layout and function. Responsibilities include coding and modifying the site, fixing bugs and running performance tests. This type of work is particularly rewarding for those who want to balance technical challenges with creative work.
Network engineers are responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining communication systems for an organisation, both internally and externally. Tasks may involve installing new software, overseeing security of all the accounts and fixing network faults. This is one of the more demanding IT jobs as it is a highly technical role.
A systems analyst examines an organisation’s current computer systems and designs new information solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Typical duties include undertaking product development, overseeing the configuration of new systems and conducting testing. This role requires a mix of business and technical knowledge.
Check out our Undergraduate Level 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma. This course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional.
Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions we have to make in our lives.
The average person will spend 72,000 hours at work over a 40-year period, so it’s absolutely essential to find a career that is the right fit for you.
Before making any career decisions, consider:
You may have heard it before: ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ The people who are most satisfied with their jobs are usually those that enjoy what they do. When you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll be more motivated and feel more fulfilled.
Consider careers where you could best utilise your skills and strengths. What are you naturally good at? Investing in your strongest skills will help you choose a job wisely and excel in it. You’ll more than likely enjoy a job if you’re good at it.
Education credentials often guide our career choices. Consider what qualifications you’ll need to pursue your desired career path. If it is likely that you will need additional training, think about how much time and money you’re willing to invest. There are plenty of inexpensive options such as online learning programmes to expand your career prospects beyond those defined by your education.
It’s important to know your job prospects before entering a profession; you don’t want to go through years of studying to find no jobs at the end. You want to avoid entering a dwindling industry, think about your long-term possibilities. Pursue a career with projected job growth, not one that will be obsolete years from now.
Salary shouldn’t be the deciding factor for a career choice but earning potential is a factor to consider. See if your salary expectations can be met within your career field so you can make an informed decision before embarking on a career path. Use a site like PayScale to figure out the average income of mid-career professionals.
For a very limited time, we are offering a brand new laptop when you enrol on a course with us.
A laptop is undeniably a necessity for online learners. Laptops give our students the flexibility and freedom they need to study anytime, anywhere. We recognise the value of a laptop for educational success and we want our students to have the best start possible.
Got a question? Here are some FAQs that may help.
Is it completely free?
The laptop is complimentary but we have some eligibility conditions:
Can I keep the laptop?
Yes, the laptop is yours to keep – even after you have finished your course.
For more information about our laptop offer, please email [email protected]
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It’s essential to use an interview to showcase your best qualities and ensure you’re memorable for all the right reasons. Here are the mistakes made time and time again by candidates.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Think about the questions you’ll be asked and go to the interview with a few anecdotes to show off your experience. Go the extra mile when researching the company – find out everything you possibly can. Familiarise yourself with the company’s online presence and make sure to research your interviewers on LinkedIn and Twitter.
To an employer, no questions signal no interest. An interview is a two-way street, you should ask questions as well as answer them. This is your chance to assess if this company is a good employer so ask the questions that occurred to you as you were doing your pre-interview research.
The general rule of thumb is formal clothing. First impressions are, by definition, instant; before you have had a chance to discuss your experience, you have already been judged on your appearance. Play it safe and go for a suit; smart attire will demonstrate that you can fit into a professional environment.
You may have bad personal feelings about current/previous employers but never bad-mouth them in an interview. You don’t want to give a potential employer the impression that you’re difficult to work with. Be diplomatic and don’t draw attention to negative aspects of your current/previous job.
Don’t talk yourself out of a job. Stay composed and think before you answer, you don’t want to bore the interviewer. Make sure you give enough information but don’t waffle and miss the point.
Body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived so think about how you express yourself. Maintain eye contact, sit up straight and mirror your interviewer. Be sure to smile, too!
Learn how to impress your interviewer in our blog: How to impress in your interview.
Balancing finances is one of the biggest challenges facing students, and that’s where we want to help. Every month we will highlight our favourite student discounts so you never have to pay full price again.
Amazon Prime – Amazon Student membership gives you One-Day Delivery on millions of eligible items for six months, unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 Movies and TV Shows with Prime Video, access to over a million songs and hundreds of hand-built playlists, with Prime Music. Plus, after the six-month trial, you’ll only need to pay £39/year for Prime membership (50% off).
Apple – Apple offers students special education pricing for Mac and iPad. You can save up to 10% on Mac and 5% on iPad.
Groupon – Enjoy a 10% student discount when you purchase a deal on Groupon.
McDonalds – Get a free Cheeseburger, Mayo Chicken or McFlurry Original with the purchase of an Extra Value Meal or Wrap Meal.
National Express – 26% discount on travel across the UK. The coaches serve all major towns and cities, as well as many of the main airports, direct to the terminal door.
Odeon – Receive an additional 25% off student ticket prices. Valid Monday to Thursday.
Pure Gym – Students can get up to 20% off gym memberships. Most classes are free and they’re open 24/7 with no contract and the option to freeze your membership if necessary.
Ticket Factory – you’ll only pay a £1 fulfilment fee on the order which reduces the fees by more than 50%.
Zizzi – 30% off your total food bill every Monday & Tuesday, and 25% off your total food bill Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Offer available to 31st July 2017.
16-25 Railcard – if you’re aged 16 to 25, you can enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you go by train. The Railcard costs £30 for the year and with your NUS card, you can save 12% off this cost.
To find out more about registering for an NUS card with Online Business School, click here. Don’t forget that the NUS card comes with a free ISIC card, so our international students can still benefit from thousands of discounts.