Not everyone has a plan for when they leave university when they start, but do you know where you’re degree is likely to take you? If you’re studying IT (often called computer science at degree level) then here’s a glimpse in to what your future might hold as we count down the top 5 IT graduate jobs for UK IT grads.
1) Computer Helpdesk / User Support
Usually a starting point in an IT Graduates career and often known as 1st line support jobs, computer helpdesk and user support roles are an excellent way to demonstrate your understanding of both hardware and software, as well as a wide variety of interpersonal skills. This job title is pretty self explanatory – in this role you are likely to be offering support to customers who have either bought a product from your company or who pay your company to support them more generally with their IT network.
2) Programmer/ software engineer
A programmer / software engineer is often tasked with designing software programs by building logical work flow charts which can then be translated in to a specified programming language. Programmer jobs are highly sought after amongst graduates as they offer hands on experience with coding and often lead to highly paid careers.
3) Systems Analyst
Becoming a systems analyst is another popular career choice for IT graduates. This role offers you the chance to gain responsibility quickly and work on your business skills alongside utilising your IT knowledge. Systems Analysts are likely to research, plan, coordinate and recommend software or systems to a business in order to meet the pre-determined requirements. As a systems analyst your career can really take off as it opens up the possibilities of getting in to Business Analyst Jobs and further to that becoming a Project Manager.
4) Database Administrator
Quite a geeky role as well as self explanatory, a database administrator is often tasked with designing, implementing and maintaining an organisations database. This role also involves future planning and taking in to consideration future business needs. As a result you can expect progression to include job titles such as Data Analyst, DBA consultant and Director of Database Administration.
5) Technical Author
A Technical Author is responsible for putting together information on Technical subjects. They can look at business procedures for either internal instructions or external standards, write user instructions for software, hardware or consumer electronics or piece together technical documentation for software or hardware engineers. This role pulls on your written skills as well as your IT skills as it is important to be able to break down complex terms and processes in to simple, easy to understand terms or instructions.
An IT degree will of course open up doors to more careers than the ones mentioned above, so don’t worry if what you want to be isn’t in the list!
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