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Information Technology

Information Technology

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IT students and graduates can find work in most sectors - from finance and the public sector to manufacturing, retail and entertainment.

Careers advice (general)

Careers advice (Gaming industry)

Industry news

Sources of news include Computer Weekly.com and Computing.co.uk.

Develop provides industry news and Edge Magazine displays job vacancies.

GamesIndustry.biz and MCV are useful for industry news.

Professional bodies

These represent people working in the sector, providing training and networking opportunities. They often provide careers support for students and graduates. 

They also provide development for people already working in the sector. Follow them and sector skills bodies on LinkedIn, or visit their websites for news, contacts, work experience and vacancies.

Professional associations/institutes

Sector skills councils/industry networks

Making contacts

Talk to people in the sector to get insight into roles. It can be useful for networking and making speculative applications.

You could start with:

Social media, particularly LinkedIn and Twitter, is useful for making contacts, finding employers and opportunities. Find out more about how to use social media for your career and subscribe to our IT sector Twitter list.

Events

Recruitment fairs, open days, talks and events give insights and opportunities to make contacts. 

Regular events for this sector include Employer Presentations and Recruitment Fairs.

For more events for this sector see External Events

Related sectors

You can find careers in IT in a range of sectors. See our other occupational pages for more options.

Roles & Skills

The range of work available is huge and can suit graduates with a variety of skills. There's development and engineering, systems support and management, security and forensics, business consultancy and sales.

There are also opportunities for graduates without a computer science degree. See Inside Careers for more information.

Roles

The following job profiles include descriptions of typical duties and entry requirements.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT also has information on different roles within IT. This includes jobs support, systems and games development. See their Careers in IT leaflets for more details.

PwC has some 'day in the life' profiles of people working in various tech roles, from AI and virtual reality, to data analysis and cyber security. You can read them at Tech at PwC - a day in the life (scroll down to see profiles).

IT consulting / analysis /sales

IT consultant

Application analyst

Business analyst

Data analyst

SEO specialist

Systems analyst

Systems/technical architect

IT project manager

IT sales professional

Games development

Creative Skillset: Games- includes routes into the industry. It shows 17 job profiles, such as animatorgame programmer and QA tester.

See also Blitz Academy for information on roles in the games industry.

Games developer

Games tester

Software development

Applications developer

E-learning developer

Geographical information systems officer

Multimedia programmer

Multimedia specialist

Software engineer/developer

Software tester

Systems developer

Web design / development 

Web designer

Web developer

Web content manager

Web editor

UX analyst

UX designer

Cyber security

Cyber security

Forensic computer analyst

Information security specialist

IT security co-ordinator

Technical support / operations / training

IT technical support officer/support technician

Helpdesk professional

Database administrator

IT trainer

Technical author

Information systems manager

Network development

Network engineer

Systems developer

Network manager

Gaining Experience

Many large recruiters, such as Waterstons, Accenture, IBM and P&G, advertise summer or year-long placements early in the first semester.

These are usually aimed at undergraduate students in and above their second year of study.

Opportunities are available in a wide range of sectors including finance, retail and energy. You can also find internships and placements within government agencies and public bodies, such as GCHQ, on their Cyber Insights Summer Scheme. 

Work experience with smaller companies is not always advertised. You may need to contact the employer with a speculative approach.

Professional bodies and research councils also advertise opportunities. See About for a list of organisations.

Internships and placements

Finding companies

Find companies that interest you and get in touch, always with a named contact. Be specific about why you are writing to them and what you’re looking for. 

Show your enthusiasm for the sector and highlight any relevant skills. Don’t give up if you don’t get a reply – follow up with a phone call or email to show that you’re keen.

In the North East:

  • North East Graduate Directory - a database of North East employers searchable by industry sector
  • Campus North - based in Newcastle, offers co-working and events for tech start-ups. See Community for a list of companies based there. Campus North also offers free hot-desking and wifi to students, working alongside their community of start-ups and freelancers - all you need is your laptop.
  • The Core, Newcastle – member directory includes software and technology companies

UK and worldwide:

Other ways to gain experience

All experience is valuable. If you can't find an IT-related internship or placement, why not try these alternatives:

  • attend events and network to make contacts and connections. Campus North, for example, run monthly events, including 'Tech Breakfasts' and 'Digital Drinks'. For other tech events in the North East, see Tech Diary. Animex, international festival of animation and computer games, runs annually at Teesside University.
  • join a society - Newcastle University Computing and Technology Society (NUCATS) hold various events, some with speakers from the IT industry. They also run an outreach programme in schools, delivering IT training to pupils, eg on coding and basic computing science knowledge
  • enter an IT-related competition, such as Dare to be Digital - UK video games competition for students
  • volunteer for Code Club, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11
  • see Volunteering for more opportunities
  • develop entrepreneurial skills - see our Work for Yourself pages for more information

Sign up for free online courses to develop new skills, learn new languages and demonstrate an interest in your field. Try FutureLearnALISON and Codecademy.

Finding Jobs

Use the following resources to find advertised vacancies and also research employers for speculative applications.

Professional bodies and research councils also advertise graduate positions. See About for a list of organisations.

For further sources of vacancies in universities and research institutions, see Research in academia.  

Finding companies

Not all jobs are advertised. You could also approach organisations or find work through networking in the industry.

Find companies that interest you and get in touch, always with a named contact. Be specific about why you are writing to them and what you’re looking for. 

Show your enthusiasm for the sector and highlight any relevant skills. Don’t give up if you don’t get a reply – follow up with a phone call or email to show that you’re keen.

In the North East:

  • North East Graduate Directory - a database of North East employers searchable by industry sector
  • Campus North - based in Newcastle, offers co-working and events for tech start-ups. See Community for a list of companies based there. Campus North also offers free hot-desking and wifi to students, working alongside their community of start-ups and freelancers - all you need is your laptop.
  • The Core, Newcastle – member directory includes software and technology companies

UK and worldwide: