University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog. Fancy a career in the ever growing IT or Computing sector?
In this blog post Senior Careers Consultant, Caroline Williams explains how to break in to the industry, IT graduate or not! Imagine a world without IT? Most of us probably can’t as it is a massive industry both for personal and businesses use – most organisations nowadays have some sort of IT presence. Therefore there are many opportunities available within the sector – not just in the big IT companies. It is predicted that the recruitment of graduates for this sector is due to increase by 15% from 2012 to 2013. Bear in mind that not all computing jobs are only for IT graduates. Category One - Those that require a computing degree/post graduate qualification / other IT qualificationsCategory Two – Those that you can enter with any degree discipline but with a passion for IT. Both categories of students can work within the large IT companies (IBM, Logica and Microsoft).
Case study Aptitude tests. Careers in the digital industry: Not just about the tech. Think digital careers are just for ‘techy’ people?
Think again. Digital now impacts on every area of life and is creating lots of opportunities in various roles across all sectors. This post is a summary of a careers event run by Amy & Lauren from Bubble Jobs at the University of Leeds in April 2015. What is the digital industry? The industries that spring to mind when you think about digital are probably ones such as media, technology, digital marketing, and so on. What are the key job roles? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of jobs in this rapidly growing industry. Technical roles. InformationTech. 'Why do you want to work for us?' Application and interview answers IT companies want. M1 Tricky interview questions asked at Apple interviews. BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT.
Qualifications and Certifications. Specialist Groups. Contractor UK - for UK IT Contractors, IT Contracting and Computer Freelancers. Engineering Council - recognising professional excellence - Engineering Council Home. Home - Engineering Opportunities. Institution of Analysts and Programmers.
Institute of Consulting. The Institution of Engineering and Technology - The IET. Jobstats - IT Jobs Salary Rates and Market Information. National Computing Centre. Overview of the IT sector in the UK. At the centre of everyday life and found in almost all industries and businesses, information technology provides employment for vast numbers of people What areas of IT can I work in?
Types of work that fall under the IT umbrella include: computer forensics; content management; cyber security and risk management; data analysis and analytics; games development; geographical information systems (GIS); hardware engineering; information management; IT consultancy - business and technical; IT sales; software engineering - designing, building, developing, testing; systems/network management; technical support; telecommunications; web design.
You could be creating technological applications or systems, solving problems using technology or supporting people who use it. Within the IT industry there are also jobs in business, marketing, HR and finance. For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in IT. Who are the main graduate employers? Large companies in the IT industry include: SFIA - Skills Framework for the Information Age. Homepage. Home - The Tech Partnership. TechUK - Representing the tech industry in the UK. Multimedia Careers. Multimedia covers a wide variety of job areas including web design, computer games design, advertising graphics, animation and new media.
Multimedia is used in libraries, museums, security systems, cable TV, publishing houses, schools, retailers, films, games, training and video conferencing. Much of the work is freelance work and can be done working from home. You need to be adaptable - able to cope with constant change. Able to learn new things quickly, client focused with good team skills and able to work in project teams.
There is a need for multimedia developers - Flash Developers, network engineers, legal and “rights” experts, publishers, graphic artists, sound experts, animators, authors/content providers, project managers, picture researchers. Employers look for knowledge of specific packages e.g. Common job areas: Web Designer/Developer Multimedia Designer Software Developer/Programmer IT Support/Helpdesk On-line publishing – editorial/design Animation Major companies include: