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IT & Computing

Facts

  • 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.

Earnings

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

Job Opportunities

  • 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.

Alumni

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.

Useful Contacts

  • 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

Source: www.prospects.ac.uk