Finding a job in information technology

There are thousands of vacancies each year in the fast growing IT industry. You can build a career in IT in almost any country in the world. Specialists in this industry are always in demand. Some of the jobs in the industry include:

  • Project manager
  • Computer support technician
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Network engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Computer programmer
  • Technical writer
  • Web developer

Special Skills
The IT field is very broad and skills differ according to specific field, although some basic skills are required such as:

  • High level of computer literacy
  • Analytical, mathematical and technical thinking ability
  • The ability to organize information
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Creativity
  • Planning and coordination skills
  • Methodological working methods
  • Reporting and writing skills for some of the jobs
  • Understanding of clients needs
  • Hardware and software knowledge

How to select a field
Your choice of a career in IT depends on your skills, qualifications and interests.

If you enjoy design work and innovative thinking, then you are more suited for web design. If you have a technical background and enjoy research and writing, you may consider technical writing, whereas the person who enjoys problem solving and working with his hands will enjoy technical support or technician work. If you have strong analytical thinking skills, combined with management experience, network management is more your field. Use the job outlines to select an appropriate field of interest.

How to start a career in IT
The entry requirements differ according to the specific fields, but you can get an entry level job as technician or web designer at a small company and study part time to get certification. Although most of the learning is done on the job, a basic qualification will be to your advantage.