You’ve searched countless job roles and just underneath the spec, you see the dreaded line that many IT graduates hate to see – ‘1-2 years’ experience needed’.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many students graduating from university face the same challenge of getting the necessary job experience to jump onto the career ladder.
But, if it seems like you’re getting nowhere with cracking the IT industry, there are other ways to showcase your talent while you’re waiting for that first job interview. We’ve interviewed IT specialist recruiters and have gathered some useful tips that will help you gain that extra ‘edge’ on your CV.
- Extracurricular activities – You may not be able to gain that industry experience just yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some independent work. Join Github and start publishing your code today. Or set up that master node you’ve always wanted to build. Firstly, this showcases your talent and work skills on a very fundamental level. Secondly, it shows you know about these platforms and technologies. It showcases your initiative and drive.
- DIY IT – Follow in the footsteps of giants like Steve Wasniack, Bill Gates and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and utilise that dusty garage for a DIY lab. Start to amass your kit and your gadgets that you can tinker around with, and challenge yourself not to Google Wiki-how. Use your own logic and have some fun. If you do have a genuine interest in IT, you’ll be only happy to roll up your sleeves in your chosen area.
- Connect – Start interacting with fellow like-minded individuals on Medium. This country is awash with countless Meet-ups and evening coding clubs. The WAG (Windows Access
- Graduate Programmes – You might see the post-graduate stalls pop out at your local college during the year. Post-graduate programmes are a fantastic entry point into the IT industry. Why not take a look at what’s on offer? Have those conversations with the graduate programme people, because if it’s not necessarily the programme you want, it will give you a flavour for what they’re looking for. Familiarise yourself with the requirements and ask what they give in return. Is there a mentorship programme? Do they offer the opportunity for certification? Will I get study leave? TIP: Here’s an idea of what to look for in an IT graduate programme.
These alternative avenues will lead to you being noticed and it will give you an edge on other IT graduates.
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