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IT & Computing
- IT is a dynamic industry that is often informal, but always focused on achievement. IT graduates highlight working on different technologies and interesting problems. They enjoy variety, relaxed work environments, flexible working arrangements, working to deadlines, working closely with a variety of people and a good work/life balance.
- To ensure success, businesses and staff must ensure they keep up to date with the constant technological advancements within the industry.
- Many graduates work a fairly standard day. However, in some areas extra work may be necessary to meet project deadlines. In the games industry for example, long hours are standard.
|Applications Developer||£20,000- £40,000|
|Games Developer||£18,000 – £70,000|
|IT Consultant||£28,000 – £43,000|
|Junior Systems Designer||£22,000 – £27,500|
|IT Sales Professional||£19,000 – £40,000|
|Network Engineer||£27,500 – £50,000|
|Multimedia Programmer||£30,000 – £50,000|
|Web Designer||£18,000 – £40,000|
Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
- Employment within the sector is predicted to grow nearly five times faster than the UK average over the next decade.
- Employers have reported a demand for software developers, programmers and web designers. There is a need for employees with the following: .NET, ASP.NET, Dynamics, SharePoint, Visual Basic, Visual Studio, C# and PHP. • Common jobs for graduates are software designers and engineers; web developers and producers; computer analysts and programmers; web designers, IT consultants; help desk technicians.
- Larger international employers within the sector include; Accenture, Capgemini, Cisco, Cognizant, IBM, Infosys, Logica, Microsoft and Tata Consultancy.
- A relevant qualification, specific skills and work experience are what the majority of employers look for in candidates.
- Most IT-related degrees require students to have completed a work placement. This is to help graduates build up knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.
Placements and internships, both short-term and long-term can be found on job sites and company websites.
Scott Hart left Blackpool Sixth in 2009 with A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Politics to study a BSc in Biomedical Science at Cardiff University. He has channelled his skills into working as a solution architect for an IT managed services company, working on designing innovative IT solutions for the Ministry of Justice account.
Ben Ramsden studied Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at the Sixth Form leaving in 2008 for a place studying Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. He now works as a software developer on cloud-based internet networks.
- The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) www.bcs.org
- BCS Women www.bcs.org/women
- Computing Careers http://computingcareers.acm.org
- Institute of Consulting (IC) www.iconsulting.org.uk
- Institute of IT Training www.learningandperformanceinstitute.com
- Institute of Scientific and Technical Communications (ISTC) www.istc.org.uk
- Institute of Analyst and Programmers www.iap.org.uk
- Computer Weekly http://www.computerweekly.com
This pathway can lead to the more technical aspects of ICT and computing. For example, programming, computer design, networking and telecommunications. You will study A Level Mathematics and Computer Science with either Electronics or Physics. A Level Further Mathematics would also be a good choice for very strong mathematicians.
- IT-Related Business
This pathway leads to employment in roles such as a database administrator, information systems manager, IT consultant, IT sales professional or IT support officer. You will study BTEC Level 3 in IT (Double or Triple) with one or two other courses. BTEC Level 3 Business (Single) and Certificate in Financial Studies (IFS) are recommended.
- Multimedia and Web Design
Careers as a multimedia programmer, multimedia specialist, web designer, web analyst and E-commerce manager are examples that this pathway leads to. BTEC Level 3 in IT (Double or Triple) and one or two other courses. A Level Art (Graphic Design) or Art (Photography) and Electronics are also useful choices.