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5 TIPS FOR BREAKING INTO IT

March 20, 2018

skillfinder

Whether you’re an IT graduate or looking for a change in your career direction, you need to know what it takes to break into the IT industry. So, what does it take?

We decided to ask our senior employees, clients & candidates; this is what they say:

 

Have a Path in Mind – Play to Your Strengths & Interests:

 

Firstly, knowing that you want to work in the IT sector is great… but there are many sectors. Have you considered which path you want to take?
Depending on your personality you may want to consider different avenues. For example if you have a proclivity for calculus you may want to consider development/ Coding. If you have a creative mindset you may want to consider User Experience & User Interface. If you are highly analytical, Business Analytics could be your fancy.
Maybe you’re looking to break into something a little more niche? Having a path in mind is a great first step, because you’ll know of all of the necessary actions you need to take in order to get to where you want to be.

 

Qualifications:

 

IT is becoming increasingly competitive, although you can learn it by yourself; qualifications are an effective way to stand out from the competition, especially if you have no professional experience. Although a Bachelor or Masters is generally your best bet – there are many other options to explore including certifications & diplomas.

 

Hands-on Experience:

 

Being a graduate or new to any industry is hard. It’s hard to prove your experience and show that you’ll be the best candidate for the position. To get ahead of your competition, you should consider getting some hands on experience… even if it is unpaid; with today’s competitive market unpaid internships is quickly becoming the norm, it shows you are eager to learn and to work!
There’s no need to mention its unpaid or voluntary work on your CV, unless they ask you of course…

 

Resourcefulness & Problem Solving:

 

Undoubtedly, you’ll be expected to work out technicalities that you might not even know the answer to. It’s your job to figure out what’s wrong with things and how to fix or debug them. This goes along with the above point of working long hours. Getting stuck into the technical side of things isn’t a five minute job, and it’s extremely important to businesses that it goes right. Be prepared to use those LinkedIn connections for help!

 

Keep Technologically Current (Ideally Ahead of the Curve!):

 

If you’re really serious about getting into the IT industry you need to master the basics quickly and learn or keep informed about the latest trends and technologies in development. You need to predict the future – the earlier you can spot an emerging technology, the quicker you can get ahead of the competition. The tech industry is evolving at an exponential rate, don’t fall behind…

 

Written by: Luca Ziprani