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Digital and Tech

Working in this sector has never been more exciting and you can take the next step by starting or progressing your career in digital and tech.

Types of roles

The UK has attracted plenty of tech giants to set up business here such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, CISCO, IBM and many more. Silicon Roundabout (Tech City) and Manchester’s MediaCityUK are also home to high numbers of Tech and Digital start-ups.

Not all digital jobs are about developing software, there are many other roles available in the sector too. Maybe your next career move could be as a Business Analyst, Data Engineer, Cyber Consultant, Graphic Designer, Tester, User Experience Designer or another exciting digital opportunity.

To find out more about tech jobs, search in-depth job profiles on the National Careers Service website.

The Generation UK website has some top tips if you are looking for work in the tech sector.

Benefits of working in Digital and Technology

  • The tech industry is growing – employment in the sector is expected to grow nearly five times faster than the UK average. So even if you haven’t got the skills and experience you need just yet, there are many opportunities out there to help you gain the right skills.
  • Digital skills are transferable – learning something new, or refreshing your knowledge can make a huge difference to your prospects and confidence. This is especially important when it comes to digital skills – 82% of job vacancies now require them – so brushing up on these skills can give you a real edge.
  • More and more women are working in the tech sector – many companies are actively working to employ more women in their workforce. Advice and guidance is available for women looking to move into the sector at Women in Tech.
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Desirable skills

Even if you don’t have great coding knowledge, you could still have skills the digital and tech sector need. Communication, team working, time management and problem-solving skills are all important.

There are also many ways you can start to build your technical skills with online courses and training opportunities at all levels. The next section has more details.

If you already have good IT skills, there are hundreds of companies using tech platforms to transform their business, and each one needs a team of developers to do just that. To be a developer, you need great coding skills and an understanding of how to build software. So if you know your Java Script from your HTML, this versatile skill set makes you a valuable asset to a wide range of companies.

If it’s digital skills you are interested in, then the Skills Toolkit on the National Careers Service website has free online courses at all levels – from providers like Google.

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FURTHER LINKS

  • If you are keen to get the skills to enter this sector or others, Skills Bootcamps are designed to get you ready for a career.
  • Adult Skills Learning Offer – if you haven’t yet achieved a level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for free training with opportunities in this sector and others.
  • If you are aged between 16-19 you may be able eligible to undertake a T-Level in this sector or others.

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