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Ask yourself: do I want a technical ICT career, or do I want to use technology (like computers) as part of a job in another industry? If you decide on a specialist ICT career, there are many different jobs you could do.
It goes without saying that you should enjoy working with computers and other information technology if you want to work in this sector.
You’ll need to be able to communicate, in writing and when you speak, to get on well with other people and be able to work well in a team. You’ll also need to be able to problem solve, thinking up different ways to get to a solution.
Routes into this sector
There are opportunities at all levels. If you’re prepared to work hard and learn new skills after you leave school, there are good, well-paid jobs out there. And don’t forget, you could earn money at the same time as you work towards some qualifications.
- At 14 alongside GCSEs you might be able to take a vocational qualification, like for example a BTEC, at your school, related to this job sector.
- At 16 lots of young people choose to do A Levels and these are excellent general qualifications that are valued by employers and also universities. However, there are also other routes to employment and study - through vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.
- At 18 or 19 many young people do choose to go on to university, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there also other routes to employment and degree level study - through vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.
Many jobs now require Higher Education qualifications, which include HNC (Higher National Certificate),HND (Higher National Diploma), Foundation Degree and Honours Degree.
There are several ways to work towards these types of qualifications, such as after ‘A’ Levels, Advanced Apprenticeships, or vocational courses in school or college. Some employers will train people up to higher education level while they work.
To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit the Sector Skills Council’s website at http://www.e-skills.com/careers/
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