How To Get Into IT — Whatever Stage You’re At

School Leavers

Many school leavers shy away from careers in tech because they assume it means going to university to get a Computer Science degree. However, that is not the case, and there are many alternative routes for school leavers to get into IT.

The Academic Approach into IT

If you’re happy to stay in education post 18, there are several options available. If you perform well academically, the most obvious route into a technology job would be A-Levels, followed by a university Degree.

Group of newly qualified graduates about to embark on their graduate careers
Group of newly qualified graduates about to embark on their graduate careers
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  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business & Management Studies
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics

Hands-on Learning

Alternatively, if you prefer learning through a more hands-on approach, you might consider a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or foundation degree in Computing. Either of these options will prepare you for your first entry-level tech job.

Youngsters investigate how to get into IT on a laptop
Youngsters investigate how to get into IT on a laptop
There are so many routes into IT, the choices can be overwhelming!

IT Apprenticeships

The alternative to staying on at college is, of course, an apprenticeship. Following this route into IT will also mean you get paid whilst you learn. Traditionally, apprenticeships were only available to 18 to 24-year-olds, but now, you can be an apprentice at any age. This makes apprenticeships an ideal choice for anyone wanting a career change into IT later on in life.

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Digital and technology solution specialist
  • Infrastructure technician
  • IS Business Analyst
  • Network engineer
  • Project manager
  • Software developer
  • Software tester
  • Unified Communications Technician
  • IT Application Specialist
  • IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional

Career Changers

For those considering a career change into IT later on in life, aside from apprenticeships, there is a multitude of options for online learning. There are many different options available, depending on how serious you are or what level of knowledge you already have.

Where Might Your IT Career Lead?

To get a feel for the kind of jobs available if you decide to get into IT, why not check out our latest jobs? Of course, the jobs we have available now will be gone by the time you complete your training. However, they certainly give you an idea of where your future career might lead and the kind of salary you can expect to aim for.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog