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How Far Can You Progress With A Career In IT?

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Despite currently suffering from uncertainty sparked by Brexit, the UK can deem the future of its technology sector rosy. Due to growth in artificial intelligence and especially data science, the tech sector was responsible for about 10% of all UK jobs made in early 2017, reported PCR. This trend and a shortage of digital skills have helped open up promising opportunities in IT.

A Skills Gap Waiting To Be Capitalised On

While the impressive rise in tech job vacancies is obviously good news, it looks like UK businesses are struggling to fill them. A lack of people with the relevant skills is reportedly to blame – particularly in the case of senior and developer roles. A more recent report by ComputerWeekly has shed even more light on the digital skills gap and how problematic this is for UK companies.

According to Barclays research cited by the report, 43% of people in the UK lack the rudimentary digital skills that most jobs require. These are skills like word-processing and managing databases, spreadsheets and social media; however, about 63% of jobs call for such abilities. This discrepancy could worsen as technology’s reach spreads further, but there is light at the end of the tunnel…

“The salaries and prestige associated with the most in-demand specialisms – AI, data science and software developer – are turning them into the rock stars of the business world,” Russ Shaw, who founded industry body Tech London Advocates, remarked. “The opportunities are there for the right people to get involved.” You can make yourself one of those people.

Preparing To Enter The IT Sector

“People’s level of digital prowess is fast becoming a key determinant of their earning power, yet the UK today is a patchwork of digital skills,” Barclays UK CEO Ashok Vaswani has observed. “Where you live, how old you are, what you do and your education level have an effect on your digital abilities and confidence”. A computer science degree could help you further your education level.

Prospects lists various opportunities for computer science graduates. Jobs for which a computer science degree would be directly relevant include information systems manager, IT consultant, systems analyst, data analyst, web designer, and web developer.

However, there are other positions that are not so directly related but a computer science degree could still help you obtain. Those include IT trainer, IT sales professional, UX designer, network engineer, nanotechnologist, and digital copywriter.

Hampered On The Road To Success

It’s evident, then, that you can progress far in the IT sector if you have suitable qualifications and knowledge. Once you have got your foot in the door, a myriad of promising opportunities could arise sooner than you originally anticipated. Tudor Aw, who heads technology sector at the UK arm of research firm KPMG, concludes that “the UK and London has not lost its shine when it comes to its technology pedigree.”

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Lee Biggins is the founder and managing director of CV-Library, the UK's leading independent job site. Lee has always been an entrepreneur at heart, and even from an early age, his entrepreneurial spirit shone through. In his free time, Lee is a keen traveller and enjoys spending time on his boat; he is a firm believer in the importance of experiencing different cultures, and he aims to see at least one new place each year.