Career Options in IT & Technology: Graduate
That’s it! Your undergraduate degree is over as quickly as it started and it’s now time to join the job hunt with the thousands of other graduates looking for a job in the I.T. and telecommunications. As well as gaining loads of knowledge about programming languages, SEO and hardware configuration, you have all the desirable transferable skills such as organisation, research and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. On top of this you have a great passion for the industry and its ever developing nature. But what opportunities are available to you? How to you go about landing that dream job in the I.T. and telecommunications industry?
- Graduate schemes
- Entry level jobs
- Further study
Graduate schemes are available at all the large companies in the I.T. and telecommunications world, including BT, EE and Microsoft. Not only do these companies offer graduate schemes on the technological side of things, such as network engineering and I.T. security, there are also opportunities for those without a specific I.T. and telecommunications related degree. For example, you might not have a clue about coding but are extremely passionate about how the latest viral apps are marketed; there’s a scheme for this too! Research the companies you would like to work for and see what schemes they offer and get your application sent off. Deadlines for graduate schemes come around quickly, usually just before or after Christmas, so make sure to be on the ball.
Entry level jobs in the industry is also an opportunity open to graduates. These openings are more likely to be at SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and usually require a CV, covering letter and formal interviews and could see you land a role as a web programmer, games developer or I.T. support officer. Entry level jobs can be found on job boards, Linked In and company websites.
Further study is another option, with masters degree courses available in computer science, information technology and scientific computation, to name a few. These will provide graduates with more skills and are ideal for those wishing to enter the I.T. and telecommunications industry as a software developer or engineer. Also, if you have a degree in media studies but want to follow a career as a web developer, you will have to do a related degree in order to gain the skills employers look for.
Will my degree do?
A strong degree mark (2:1 or above) is always beneficial. As touched upon above, most of the time a related degree is necessary due to the skills they provide students with. For obvious reasons, you couldn’t get a job as a network engineer with a history and politics degree!
Is postgraduate study necessary?
Postgraduate study isn’t necessary but it could help you a lot. If you do an extra year learning very advanced skills and theory, this will put you in a more employable position than those who possess an undergraduate degree. A potent mix of useful work experience and a relevant degree is the best way to secure a job in the I.T. and telecommunications industry.