Ask the experts: How to find a job in IT

I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression digital native; someone who was born during or after the widespread adoption and introduction of technology. These days, it seems like tech-savvy kids are pretty much born clutching an ipod, a Blackberry and a Nintendo DS.

So, the government is looking at shaking up the way they are taught ICT in schools, with less of an emphasis on the basic skills pupils already know – the sort of stuff I was taught in IT lessons at school. A trial scheme will see teenagers taught how to design and write their own computer software.

OK, so your school days are well behind you. But, bear with me. Science minister David Willetts, who announced the pilot scheme, pointed out that the business community is “desperately short” of people with the ability to create software programmes, saying: “I’m told that it is like gold dust for the business sector.” News that, I’m sure, will be music to the ears of anybody who has these sort of skills and is looking for work in this area.

And these aren’t the only abilities in demand. Judy Baker, director of the Cyber Security Challenge, told that employers in areas such as cyber security are currently not finding the talent they need.

So, what does all this mean if you’re considering an IT industry career? Where else are your skills in demand and where should you be looking for work? We’ve asked the experts to share their industry knowledge in a live Q&A on Friday October 7 – join us from 1pm.

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