Considering a career in ICT or just interested in computers? There are many different opportunities for you in this industry. As the fastest growing business type, there are more job options than ever, ranging from a system analyst to a games designer! High level jobs in this area also have great salary potential, and many roles offer flexible hours. Find which route you want to take, and get involved in computing today!
What’s it like?
You may think ICT jobs are always based around coding and computer systems. However, new positions are constantly emerging, creating more dynamic roles within the workplace. Roles like Social Media Officer or Digital Marketing Advisor offer a new experience and require different skill-sets entirely.
What kinds of jobs can you do?
- Software Developer (Programmer)
Software Developers design, build and test computer programmes for business, education and leisure activities.
Salary: £20,000 to £70,000 average per year
Hours: 37 to 40 per week
- ICT Support Technician
An entry level ICT job diagnosing and solving software and hardware problems for computer users.
Salary: £16,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
- Computer Games Developer
Computer Games Developers make games for the internet, mobile phones, PCs and games consoles.
Salary: £19,000 to £70,000 average per year
Hours: 30 to 40 per week
In this video from East Sussex County Council an ICT Support Technician talks about his job:
Take action: search for jobs and courses in ICT on the oxme opportunities database.
How can I get into ICT?
There are entry-level jobs for ICT at different ages, from apprenticeships for school leavers at 16, to opportunities for university graduates. Many people choose to study Computing at degree level before entering the jobs market, but there are excellent opportunities for school leavers too, including degree apprenticeships which allow you to earn while you learn.
There are lots of opportunities to study Computer Science, ICT and other courses in Further and Higher Education. Here are some local examples:
- Oxford Brookes University offers a foundation entry level course in computer science that will prepare you with all the skills you need to begin a computing degree.
- Brookes also offer an undergraduate course for computing.
- Abingdon and Witney college offer a variety of courses for computing/IT covering a wide range of levels. This includes: level 1, 2 and 3 courses, and foundation courses
- City of Oxford college offer similar options and some courses for adults.
City of Oxford College will be running digital apprenticeships and Higher Education courses from September 2022.
Reading College are offering a mix of digital apprenticeships and access to Higher Education courses from Level 3 – 5 for 2021 starts.
Take action: Search online for a college in Oxfordshire today!
An Apprenticeship is great for people who want to start working fast, as they allow you to earn whilst you learn. Learning will be provided by a college or a learning provider, and an employer will provide you with a full-time paid job.
There are a lot of ICT apprenticeships in Oxfordshire offering a variety of skills and experiences. Find out more about apprenticeships.
Reading College offer Software Developer, Data Analyst, Infrastructure Technician and Cyber Security apprenticeships through their Institute of Technology hub
A Traineeship is an education and training programme with experience in the workplace that gives young people the skills that employers are looking for. A traineeship will set you up with good skills so you can move onto an apprenticeship. Find out more about traineeships
Take action: search for an apprenticeship and sign up to get alerts!
Work experience offers more great experience in the ICT business. Work experience is a fantastic opportunity to try out new things, improve your CV and you get the chance to explore the workplace at the same time!
Experience: I have spent a week working for the Oxfordshire County Council on work experience. I've picked up knowledge about how to act in the workplace, how to engage with other workers and new skills regarding ICT and website design. It has been an invaluable experience that has boosted my confidence and my knowledge of working life.
Henry - 15
The IT industry is booming and now is the best time to get involved. There are many careers available with ranges of hours and pay – certain to suit your needs.
By Henry Pentz - Work Experience Student