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Secrets of the Sectors: IT

Work within the IT sector can include applications development, computer forensics, IT sales, hardware engineering, and much more. It is an area of work that is constantly expanding and developing, as well as being in high demand. The current skills gap in mid-level and high-level roles, meaning that this sector is always looking for more people to enter the field and work their way up.

If you want to pursue a career within this sector, consider the following companies: Accenture, IBM, Softcat, Google, BT, Sky UK, and Three. These are just a few of the businesses out there offering employment to graduates.

Working within this sector can crossover with other sectors, such as finance or manufacturing. IT professionals can look forward to the ability to work in almost any sector, as most industries offer IT roles.

Points to Consider

  • Starting salaries of around £30,000
  • Long hours – hours are often longer than 9-5 jobs.
  • Whilst working in this sector, you may be offered the chance to work abroad, as many IT firms have branches abroad.
  • It is possible to be self-employed in this sector – this is a common way of earning money in the IT industry.
  • You will be constantly required to stay up-to-date in a field that is always developing.
  • Reports show that the IT sector offers a great work/life balance.
  • Work within this field offers the chance at being a pioneer to new developments and advancement within technology.

Where should I study?

If you want to study IT at university level, consider the following universities:

  • Loughborough University
  • Swansea University
  • University of Surrey
  • Durham University
  • University of Birmingham

Additionally, The Chartered Institute for IT offers a broad range of courses for those of all levels.

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