IT careers for all – really?

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“My job is more challenging than my PhD ever was.”

This  comment was made by a PhD graduate (reproductive sciences) now working as a solutions architect (an information technology role) at the end of one of many challenging days.

I thought it would be interesting to share because I suspect for many PhD students the idea that a job ‘in an office’ could be more challenging than doing a PhD is surprising.  I can tell you from personal experience that the graduate quoted does not feel this way because his PhD was easy (he happens to be my husband and we met while he was navigating the challenges of his PhD!).  Instead, it’s because the job he does at the moment constantly challenges him to try to find solutions to a wide range of problems.

 Did you know?                                                                                                 

  • IT is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries…with excellent growth forecasts up to 2020 and beyond.
  • 1 in every 20 UK employees work in IT / Telecoms, so the chances are there may be a role to suit you.
  • People skills, analysis and creativity are valued.

When you are considering careers, it is so important to make sure you are making well-informed decisions and not making assumptions about different types of work perhaps based on stereotypes.  If you think you’d like a job which constantly challenges, then you may wish to explore the IT sector.  While some very specialist roles will require a degree or PhD in a computer science-related discipline, there are lots of opportunities where a computer science qualification is not required.  One PhD graduate outlines the skills he has found useful in his IT career:

Ability to formulate experiments to diagnose and solve problems. Construct logical arguments for influencing stakeholders. Being able to see which issues are first-order in importance, and which can be put to one side.

If you want to find out more about the IT sector, come and talk to some employers at a new event for all students.

‘Focus on IT’  on 27 February 2013.

This event offers an opportunity to meet a variety of employers offering a diverse range of IT roles for students and graduates of all degree disciplines.  You will of course need to show some interest in and aptitude for IT related work.

  • DATE: Wednesday 27 February
  • TIME: 1pm – 4pm
  • VENUE: Informatics Forum, Crichton Street, Central area

If you’d like to find out more about IT careers before the event, then check out the information technology resources on the occupations section of our website.  And if you make a well-informed decision that IT isn’t for you, then you can explore other careers using the same occupations part of the site.

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