Are you on the job hunt or considering a career move? One of Europe’s top eLearning consultancies The Learning People explore why a move into IT is worth thinking about.
Sifting through the job options available in IT – or any industry, in fact – can be such a daunting experience that people often give up before they begin. However by doing this, with a high demand for trained individuals, you could be shutting the door on a lucrative and rewarding career.
There are so many options available in the IT field that people frequently surprise themselves by finding an unexpected niche where they excel – be that programming, development, design or even support. This may be down to key, core skills that you possess or would like to learn.
Here are some top steps to take in deciding whether a career in IT is for you.
Determine what you’re good at and what you imagine yourself doing
What do your friends and family praise you for being good at? If you’re the one always fixing the computer when it freezes, then ask yourself if doing that full time would keep you interested – perhaps training as a Desktop Support position would be a good option for you.
Learn as much as possible about the qualification required for the role you’re interested in
If you’re going to invest in your career by undertaking a qualification, getting the right one for you is critical. Researching the hours required, the cost, the exam prep, and the study aids available is a good idea, as you’ll feel like you’re in control of your learning. Plus, you’ll be more motivated.
Learn from people already working in IT
These people will offer you advice born from experience. They may tell you stories that put you off entirely by challenging your perception of the job role, or, they may inspire you to make a decision on the field you’d be most interested in.
Look to the future and stay positive
If money’s key, then getting a good idea of the average salary you could earn may act as a powerful motivator. Set yourself salary goals and career expectations so you can strive to reach the next stage. With top salaries in IT reaching the grand realms of £150,000 per year, and starter roles beginning at a reasonable £20,000, there is a lot of scope for earning good wages.
If the training is tough, or you feel pushed out of your comfort zone, stay positive. If you are choosing a career in IT, you’re embarking on a job that offers flexibility in working hours, opportunities to travel, on the job learning and great prospective wages. Plus, it’s an industry that’s always evolving.