Are you ready to consider a career change? A move into IT could be a step in the right direction

Changing your path? Here’s how to switch to a rewarding career in IT

CV Library published a survey earlier stating that 75.7% of UK professionals would start a completely new career if they were given the chance.  Reasons included reward and remuneration through to lack of progression.

For professionals seeking a better work-life balance and increased flexibility, a move into IT could be the right fit. The same CV Library survey also found that 57.3% of IT professionals have the option to work from home when they want to.

The IT industry offers both improved flexibility and an enticing salary.  Research by top IT recruitment site CWJobs has found that the the average salary for IT jobs in UK stands at £52,500 per annum.

So how do you go about changing career into one in IT?

Do your research, make sure you are well informed, be patient, identify skills gaps and try and network with people already in the industry.

Read up on specific organisations that offer globally recognised best practice qualifications.  Although many established professionals will possess many transferable skills, there are some excellent retraining options available.

For example, ITIL courses offer a fast and effective way to develop the foundation skills for IT service management. Typically, an intensive, three-day courses covers areas such as service strategy and design, service desk and operations management, and IT and business integration. ITIL certifications are relevant for those already employed in the IT industry who wish to boost their careers as well as those who want to move into this area for the first time.

With an ITIL qualification, the next step up could be considering the Managing Successful Programmes or MSP training. This builds on the change management element of ITIL and provides professionals with the tools and techniques they need to successfully handle change within their organisation.

Another option is an SQL course, focussing on foundational technical skills.  Now that we’re in the age of the fourth industrial revolution, developing knowledge of Structured Query Language scripts and getting a thorough grounding in the basics of databases will be a valuable skill.

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