The IT sector is constantly on the look out for skilled professionals, and this includes those students who have recently graduated in disciplines ranging from information systems to computer programming.
A recent report by the Lords Science and Technology Committee called for the government to do more to increase the number of graduates in electronic engineering.
As with any job hunt the demand for your qualifications does not necessarily mean you will automatically be guaranteed to secure a position with a company upon graduating. Graduate jobs in IT, like many other sectors can be competitive and finding your perfect IT role requires time and commitment. Here are just a few ways you take your first steps towards a career in IT.
Sign up to a specialist recruitment agency
Whether web development or business information systems is your specialism signing up to an IT recruitment agency will mean that you are exposed to hundreds of vacancies that are matched to your specific skills. Recruitment agents may also help you get your a foot in the door with large corporations through temporary or contract roles that may lead to a permanent position.
Join a professional body
Becoming a member of a professional body such as The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) will mean that you are kept up to date with the latest developments in the industry. These organisations may also support you with training as well as many having their own dedicated recruitment websites. Membership of a professional body may also show your commitment to the industry and as a result you may be taken more seriously by employers.
Internships are the perfect way gain experience of the workplace and also give you a chance to secure a permanent role in the company. Search online for internships at leading firms or send your CV on spec to your ideal company, whether that’s a large games developer or IT support company. A few months of hard work could result in you gaining the role of your dreams.