Applicants will be required to have some technical skill, even though this field of work is available to all graduates. Studying one of the following subjects may improve your chances of landing a job:
- Computer science
- computer software
- information system
- computer systems engineering
Many of the major graduate recruiters will only hire graduates who have demonstrated technical abilities and a decent degree (2:1 or above) in a computing-related field.
Smaller businesses often prefer degrees in computing, science, or mathematics. Graduates with unrelated degrees may, in some situations, be considered if their technical expertise and passion can be proved.
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than computer science should consider attending a postgraduate IT conversion or technical postgraduate programme.
Many companies may also seek for proof of outside-the-classroom ongoing professional development (CPD).
Project programming experience may be used as proof throughout the application process to demonstrate that a candidate is technically competent as well as having effective problem-solving abilities.
Candidates with significant systems development expertise may be considered if they have an HND in a computer-related field.
It’s doubtful that you’ll be able to get in without a degree or HND, but it’s conceivable if you have a lot of experience as an assistant in systems development.