How do I get into I.T?
First buy an Audi A4.
Then buy an Orange 5…
Make sure you refer to your bike as your “steed”, and that you yell “Strava” at anyone riding even a fraction of a mph slower than you as you struggle past them on the trails.
Only then will you be qualified for a career in said profession dear sir! 😉Posted 5 years agoTheBrickMember
druidh – Member
The thing is, “in IT” covers a massive range of activities. You need to decide what it is you want to do – where do your talents lie?
Exactly what I was going to say.
The list goes on. The only area I know about it development and that in its self is a huge field.
A personal opinion on development is that it is better to have knowledge of an area and then apply some development skills than just develop, this is unless you are reallly realllly good at devel work. E.g engineering know how about a system then get involved with a company that writes software for that industry.Posted 5 years ago
chvck – Member
IT is a broad range of things really, which areas would you be interested in?
I don’t really know which particular field at the moment. I am good at problem solving, organising events and people and am not afraid to take a risk and make decisions.
I have a background in finance but that has bored me to the point of submission.Posted 5 years agodruidhMember
FWIW, I was in IT for 33 years in a number of roles and pretty much always enjoyed my job. Some of the office politics were challenging though (but that can be true anywhere). I was eventually glad to get out due to uncertainty over the companies future rather than a dislike for the job.Posted 5 years agojonkeSubscriber
Are you looking for a 9-5 office job with your own desk or do you like to be out and about?Posted 5 years ago
Project work or something a little more predictable?
Do you mind travel?
Why do you want to leave your current job? What do you dislike about your current job?
Why not sales?
How much does money motivate you?
I like to be out and about, working independently ideally.
Not shy of a challenge so project work although wouldn’t turn my nose up to more predictable roles as a stepping stone.
I don’t mind travel although I wouldn’t want to be away for weeks (have other half and 2 young girls at home).
I want to leave my current job as it won’t take me to where I want to be financially (or not least without years and years of studying anyway). I’ve ended up doing what I do now (credit management) through circumstances, rather than deliberate choice. It’s very predictable.
I’m personally quite to difficult to sell to and wouldn’t want to try to sell to someone like myself – I think that puts me off sales. I may have the totally wrong view here as don’t have any experience of selling…
Money motivates me 😉Posted 5 years agoAlasdairMcMember
Have you thought about taking the business analyst route, using your existing credit skills and then sidestepping into the systems aspect that way? Plenty of work for people who can apply business knowledge into systems, especially on the new banks spun out of Lloyds and nearly spun out of RBS.
I’ve gone a similar route, but with loans. I’m now a BA on a system migration project and using Business Objects development to move into other DB roles.Posted 5 years agosambobMember
My dad was a purchasing manager for Astra Zeneca, had been there 30 years. He got made redundant, got bored, applied for a job doing IT for a couple of local doctors surgeries 3 days a week and got it. Although admittedly he’s good with computers, no real experience in IT though. So as above, just apply for the jobs and see what happens. Maybe do an OU course?Posted 5 years agoStephenCairnsSubscriber
I did a similar thing, had a background in science and changed to IT. I did a programming course which included 12 weeks work experience. The course organiser sorted out the placement, so I made sure I was #1 candidate by putting the effort in, might of helped that I was the oldest person of the course, so I took it seriously. Got taken on by someone who appreciated attitude over experience, that was 13 years ago and don’t regret the decision. My boss had a policy of hiring people who had made the effort to get into the industry via this sort of route, rather than a classic IT degree route, we ended up with a good team of people with the right motivation.Posted 5 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
I did “IT” for 20 years – got a bit fed up sitting in a cubicle and moved on. Starting with the 2 worst aspects –
1- I’d say dealing with managers who are clueless about IT / problem solving and for some stupid reason get paid more for knowing less and generally bogging everything down. The worse companies have 2x managers to anyone who knows how things work.
2- Its now spagetti junction. Even a simple change / development gets 10000x more complicated because everthing has to integrate so testing is by far and away the most important thing. In fact – that’s a good foot in the door. Good testers are well paid and worth their weight in coffee / gold.
The best aspects are working on stuff that real customers see / use. So in a typical banking case – good for your moral is customer facing (online creditials , encryption, security, ATMs, Chip and PIN, telephony, ….), bad is MI, securitisation, balance sheet, batch, ….Posted 5 years ago
Similar will be true in other industries.deadkennySubscriber
odd. I don’t know anyone in IT trying to get out.
I’d love to get out. It pays well though. Would rather be outdoors now than doing the tedious office life. Got to the point of going contracting though to at least get some independence, control, and get out of the politics. Plus even more money. Got the expensive bike (Cruz not Orange) but no Audi. I do ride the Surrey Hills though 😉
I just need to make my work involve bikes, or photography perhaps, or both.Posted 5 years agosmartmonkeyMember
As a hardware Geek, my advice would be to stay out of the hardware side. Relatively low wages with limited paths for advancement. I couldn’t get a mortgage on a house within 100 miles of where I live on what I earn. however I do get to work on some really interesting stuff.Posted 5 years ago
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