We should really start out by saying 'congratulations' on having the courage to consider a change in your job or career. Only 1 in 10 people actually make it as far as investigating the possibilities. Most give up before they even do any research, so well done for taking the first tentative steps!
The simple fact is: Many of us leave school or college, and after trying a few different jobs, simply fall into the career that we stay in for many years, often decades. It's really no wonder that we can get stuck in a rut so easily. How many of us actually sat down and planned where we wanted to be now?Not many of us, that's for sure!
Typical school-level career advice for most of us tended to be along the lines of "Go to college or university and get some more education". Which, as most of us will agree, was not a great deal of help really! So, let's keep these 2 rules in mind at all times:
The whole purpose of the following section is to help you ask the right questions about making a change. Since you probably haven't sat down with a career advisor since school, let's get the old grey-matter working and start by taking a broad look at the industry....
The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing, and expect a different result.
If you want to change things in your life, then you need to change things in your life!
IT & Computer-Related Careers : An Industry & Market Overview
The last main E-Skills survey was showing a national skills shortage of around 150,000 people. That's a lot of jobs with less competition than is usual. Now, we're not saying that you can walk into any one of those jobs; you'll almost definitely find that the vast majority of them are not available to you, even after some training. But, you can bet that there are a few in there somewhere for you!
Did you know that there are 1.5 Million jobs in the UK IT & Telecoms professional market-place? That's far more than most people realise...
And more importantly, IT is not what many people expect it to be:
It's not just sitting in front of computer screens all day.
There are a huge variety of roles to suit all personality types and ability levels.
There are very 'hands-on' practical roles - through to highly analytical and thoughtful roles.
There are also many creative roles, where you get to be part of a finished product you can feel proud of.
You could be a white-collar professional working for a large Blue-Chip company.
You could be up & about, working with different people. Maybe out on-the-road, attending to clients.
Or maybe a casually-dressed, easy-going type working in a small family-owned business.
It's easy to forget that many IT jobs involve a lot of interaction with people as well as computer-based work.
And let's not forget that it's probably one of the most exciting and ground-breaking industries you could be involved with.
To be working on the cutting-edge of technology is to be a part of the massive changes that will affect us all over the next generation. So many people believe that technology has come so far, and that we've seen the major changes happen already.
But nothing could be farther from the truth: We've only just begun to scrape the surface of how technology will affect our lives in the future.
Computers and the Internet will profoundly change the way we see and interact with the world around us over the next few decades. It really is a very exciting time to be a part of IT.
The security of the industry also can't be in any doubt. It's not going anywhere. Again, we don't have a crystal ball - but we're pretty sure computers and information technology are here to stay! It already affects every part of our lives. You can't even turn on your lights, cool or freeze your food, draw cash out of a machine, use a credit card, pay at a till, watch TV or listen to music without the use and support of computers and technology. Like it or not - it's irreversibly tangled up in our day-to-day lives.
Being an IT Professional carries significant recognition & status. If you're the one in your family that everyone comes to for help with a PC, then you know what we're talking about! Being a qualified professional in any industry comes with a lot of peer approval, but in IT it goes a step beyond that, as most people have a certain awe and even fear of computers and technology. Being qualified in IT accords you a certain social status and authority which can be very personally rewarding.
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