5 Unique Ways to Get into the IT Industry

There is a big demand for professionals of all sorts in the IT industry. What this means for you is that you don’t necessarily have to follow a traditional career path if you want to get into the IT business.

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So take a look at this list of 5 ways you might not have considered for getting into the IT industry:

1. Start with a tech job in your current company

Landing a job at an IT company might be difficult if you don’t have the required experience, qualifications, or skills. But in our increasingly digital world, there are computer-related jobs in almost every company – and there are probably jobs like these in your current company as well.

So find out what kind of IT requirements your current company has, and learn what you need to do to start meeting those needs. Get to know the systems and software, and find ways to improve on them.

Why this is beneficial:

This is a great way to accumulate the experience you need to become a true IT professional one day. What’s more, your unique background will show future tech employers that you are driven, self-made, and able to pick up new skills quickly.

2. Join a small company

Small businesses often need certain roles filled, but can’t really afford to hire experienced workers. A great way to start your IT career in this environment is by saying: “I might not be an expert, but I can learn as we go along.”

Why this is beneficial:

The start-up environment will teach you the skills you need very quickly, especially if you work with someone else who is able to show you the basics.

And who knows, maybe your new company will grow (along with your skills) and become a major empire!

3. Get a computer job you don’t need a qualification for

There are many jobs that require you to work with computers, but which don’t necessarily require you to have a qualification. These jobs are great opportunities for getting your foot in the door, learning something new, and working your way up as you go along.

Why this is beneficial:

These kinds of jobs usually entail on-the-job training. If you show promise, and commitment, you might eventually be able to gain more and more training through your company and move into more technical fields.

4. Become a freelancer

Every small business needs unique systems, apps, websites, technical help, network setups, software installations, or hardware upgrades. But few of these businesses employ full-time IT professionals.

There is consequently a lot of work for freelance or contract programmers, web designers, developers, and technicians out there. Networking is very important in this line of work, however, as most of your clients will come through recommendations.

Why this is beneficial:

Freelancing in general has a number of unique advantages, such as being your own boss, having flexible work hours, and keeping all the profit for yourself.

5. Jump professions

If you have been working in a non-IT field for years now, and decided that you want to go into the computer technology industry, don’t think you’ve wasted all those years. Get the training and qualifications you need, and become an IT specialist in your field of experience.

Why this is beneficial:

Specialisation is always a great way to distinguish yourself in the labour market. So if you already have a field of expertise, you can use that to your advantage, as no other IT professional will have your unique background.

If you worked in retail, for example, you will have a unique insight into the requirements of a retail or customer management system when you eventually go into computer programming.

Get your qualification while you work

Many of the options above require you to obtain computer training or qualifications while holding a full-time job. This should not discourage you, because many professionals gain their IT qualifications while they work.

Part-time distance learning allows you to study a computer course while you work.

Studying while you work is also a great way to get experience while you get your qualification – solving a problem that many new graduates face when entering the job market.

Already qualified? Apply for one of the latest IT jobs on Job Mail.

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1 Response

  1. Jan says:

    I am 29 and have been building pc’s since I was 11 years old, thus I have advanced knowledge in IT, unfortunately due to high costs, I couldn’t attend university and worked in the mine for 9 years, but due to the 5 month strike of the mines, I have lost my job and no one wants to give me a chance in IT because I don’t have a diploma, they don’t even want to hear of my years of experience building computers because it was not achieved in a formal workplace. How does one become a IT freelancer? What steps are there to follow or should I just print a piece of paper stating that I can ‘help with PC’s’ and put it up on a notice board at shopping centres and hope someone gives me a call. Any advice will be appreciated.

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