IT, which stands for Information Technology, is a very broad term. Jobs in IT, generally so to speak, involve the design, development and management of computer software, hardware and networks.
Jobs in the IT industry vary and include the following titles:
- Software Developer
- ICT Technician
- Network Engineer
- Network Administrator
- Helpdesk Support
- Website Designer
- Software Tester
- Technical Sales
- Call Centre Operative
- Systems Analyst
In a time of technological evolution, the list is endless.
What we know for sure is that you must understand the fundamentals of IT to move into a more specific role like the ones mentioned above. Not only are you required to have technical knowledge to gain a job in IT, but it’s essential that you are business minded, have good communication and soft skills, and there’s no substitute for experience and industry knowledge.
How to get the skills and experience required to work in IT
As discussed, for jobs in IT you need certified technical skills and hands on experience. The only way to achieve this is through undergoing training whilst working on the job.
There’s a few ways to go about it. You can gain employment with an IT employer and learn whilst on the job. However, it’s difficult to gain employment without having the skills or work experience in the first place. Alternatively, you can undergo a University Degree such as Computer Science, where you’ll learn all the technical information required. Though, unless you do a placement or work based learning module as part of your degree, it will be tricky to gain the work experience required by most employers.
An IT Apprenticeship is a great way to gain mandatory technical skills and transferable skills at the same time. Profound Services offer a Level 3 IT Software, Web and Telecoms Advanced Apprenticeship which is split into two parts to give you the opportunity to gain technical skills and experience.
Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles is a classroom based module which is split into several parts. It’s been designed to provide you with the technical certificate required by top employers, whilst also giving you a recognised qualification which has weight in the IT industry.
By gaining an advanced qualification like a Level 3 Apprenticeship, you will be able to provide conformation of your skills set and have the confidence required to gain a job in the IT industry.
The technical certification also includes sections on Customer Service, which is important in IT as you will need communication skills to communicate technical concepts to customers, suppliers and colleagues.
There is also a mandatory module on Security in IT which covers the common types of treats to ICT systems and data, and how you can protect them. You’ll learn the applications of cryptography to ICT systems and data, how to implement a security system and other practical skills.
The work based learning unit - Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence – is where you’ll gain on-the-job experience that employers look for. You’ll learn all sorts including health and safety in ICT and develop your own effectiveness and professionalism.
When applying for an IT Apprenticeship, we’ll make sure we find a suitable employer for you. We’ll work with you to find out what type of role and company you’d be best suited in, and work with the employer to make sure you’re getting the most out of your apprenticeship.
If you’re interested in our Level 3 IT Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals Apprenticeship, get in touch today! You can call us on 0191 587 4570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.