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Tips for Starting a Career in IT

Whether you are looking for your first job or are in need a career change, many people are opting to start a career in IT. There are so many different routes you can explore, from software design right through to game testing. It helps that IT jobs are also currently high in demand, especially IT contractors and freelancers.

We at Parasol have put together our top five tips for starting a career in IT, and some advice for those looking to become an IT contractor.

  1. List the IT work you would be interested in. It is important to find a career you are passionate about. There are a large number of IT jobs available, so you should narrow down your choice in order to give yourself a specific focus.
  2. Network and apprenticeships. Get to know IT professionals in your area and learn how they have managed to establish themselves in the industry. You can also set up apprenticeships in order to gain valuable advice and guidance during your career move.
  3. Gain IT qualifications. Have a look in your local area for any educational opportunities that could give you an opportunity to achieve essential skills for your future career. Any professional certifications will highlight your knowledge and capabilities to future employers.
  4. Experience and internships. Of course, if you don't want to go into education, you can gain your experience and skills from entry level positions or internships. A portfolio or CV demonstrating previous employment in the industry will also show your competence in the field, similar to IT qualifications.
  5. Constructing your CV. Your CV is often your first chance to show organisations your capability. Therefore, you should clearly pinpoint your relevant experience, skills and experience, and also highlight your enthusiasm for your chosen profession. 

Your IT contracting career

A large number of organisations are currently looking to hire IT contractors rather than full-time staff. Therefore many professionals are moving into this area to take advantage of this current demand.

If you are thinking about branching out as a contractor, whether you are completely new to the field or have previously been employed as an IT worker, it is worth using a PAYE calculator to figure out whether the move would be beneficial to your take home pay.

To achieve a thriving contracting career, some enlist the help of an umbrella company or employee outsourcing specialist. This allows them to leave the finances and payroll to the professionals, so that they can concentrate on achieving a highly successful career.

Written by Parasol. Visit parasolgroup.co.uk to find out more.