A problem UK graduates wanting to get into IT need to solve
Don't forget to put what you'd like to achieve over 2 and 5 years periods. It gives us an idea of your desire. You need to be getting what you want out of a job, and we'll be the ones responsible for helping you achieve that.Skills, Working Experience and knowledge of the field you want to work inWe're in a time where working through university is crucial due to the cost of the university experience. It shows you can manage your time between making money and getting an education. It doesn't matter what you've done, but having something relevant to the field does have a small bonus. When doing job listings having something long term and showing how you've grown as a person (i.e. taking on more responsibility) is a great selling point.
If you didn't work somewhere relevant to IT, it's definitely not the end of the world nor of your chances of getting an interview. You need to give us something we can build an idea on. Put in your relevant skills about how you're developing yourself. Don't just put that you build websites, we're in an age where anyone can do that. If you do build websites have a sample one where you can discuss the inner workings of processes that drive the data.
What are you doing to learn the science and methodologies? Are you reading books? Are you playing with, or contributing to an open source project? With free hosting available with the likes of Github and codeplex, it's very easy these days to put a few samples up. If you can show bits you're playing with and what drives you, you'll do yourself a huge favour. You're a graduate so we're not expecting something perfect. What we want is something that can give an insight into your thought processes, your current level of understanding, and how you apply yourself to a problem.In summaryI'm not saying graduates don't have the skills. My point is there isn't enough done to sell yourself on your CV. If you're sitting there sending off a vanilla application and waiting for an opportunity, yet you're not doing something to grow your knowledge you're not helping yourself. If you're in doubt about what you can do to give yourself a better chance, talk to a careers advisor about building a portfolio, along with strengthening your CV.
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