IT is one of the fastest growing sectors in NI. It has a reported 1,570 Digital Tech businesses (Tech Nation 2019) and Belfast alone saw 97 new Digital Tech businesses in 2016 (Tech Nation 2018). Looking at the broader Knowledge Economy, of which IT is a major component, NI is the 2nd fastest growing region int he UK for the 5th consecutive year (The 2018 Northern Ireland Knowledge Economy report).
The demand for IT professionals is outstripping the supply through Computing degree programmes so many employers are broadening their recruitment to graduates of other degree programmes who have an interest in the sector and an aptitude for the work.
Software Development: Development of software by programming with code.
IT/Technology Consultancy: Work with clients to provide guidance in relation to how they can use IT to meet their business needs.
Software Testing: Carry out tests on software created by the developers to ensure it can do what it is intended and integrates with other systems and processes.
IT Support: Ensure that systems and networks within organisations are maintained and kept up to date.
There are a number of different ways to gain entry to the sector without having a computing degree.
On Campus resources:
Many of the roles will be advertised on local and national job websites as well as on MyFuture.
Unadvertised roles & networking:
Even though many of the roles within the sector are advertised, it is still beneficial to network with relevant individuals. The IT industry within Northern Ireland is small. Many of the individuals have worked in more than one IT company and tend to know each other well. Therefore networking with potential employers at careers fairs, employer related events and with alumni is recommended to help you sell yourself further and stand out from the crowd.
Make the most of social media by following companies on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as some of the roles may also be advertised through these portals.
Job search websites specific to NI include:
On Campus resources:
Useful sites for finding student and graduate jobs in this sector in UK, Ireland and further afield:
Within IT Companies:
Many of the roles with local IT employers can involve some travel depending on the clients they are working with. Therefore there are good opportunities for travel within the sector.
Prospects industry insights and Gradireland sector career guides will help you to search for employment in this employment sector.
Further information resources are available at the Student Guidance Centre Hub (Opening hours: Mon- Fri 09:00- 17:00), including free copies of Gradireland, TargetJobs and Prospects guides plus self-help guides and employer brochures. The Student Guidance Centre Hub has free wifi, tea and coffee.
This information is obtained from a variety of sources, including the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS), Prospects, Gradireland and relevant professional organisations and other appropriate resources, as available.
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