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Graduate opportunities in IT 'still exist' for those without relevant degrees

Published: Thursday, 02 December 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Britons considering applying for graduate jobs in IT have been given a boost after one company suggested that a relevant qualification is not a pre-requisite.

Gerry McLaughlin, of ITContractor.com, admitted that having a degree in an area related to IT will still be viewed favourably by prospective employers.

However, he explained that graduates with qualifications in other disciplines will still be in with a chance of landing IT jobs if they can demonstrate the appropriate skills and experience.

Mr McLaughlin also sounded a note of warning to graduates who have taught themselves IT skills, claiming that they may find it very difficult to secure a full-time position within the sector.

"[The self-taught] tend to have to find their own work and own clients and work at a cheaper rate, perhaps developing low cost websites," he said.

Last month, a Silicon.com poll of chief information officers at IT companies found that they unanimously agreed that an IT degree is no longer essential for applying for a job in the industry.

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