Looking for a change of career? You’re not alone.
According to research commissioned by First Direct Bank, 40% of UK workers are looking to change careers within the next two years. The familiar feeling of dreading a Monday morning can be a sign that its time to make a move.
Whether you’re looking for a change of pace, a more flexible working life, or just a better salary, the number of options available can feel overwhelming. So, what’s the best way to start a new career, and learn to love Monday? Take a look at our top tips for changing your career.
Why IT roles motivate
The first thing to identify is why you want from your new role.
The most common reasons for leaving are feeling underpaid, unfulfilled or just wanting a complete change of industry. Once you know what your motivation is, you’ll know how to focus your job search accordingly.
According to the think tank Resolution Foundation, workers have a better chance of getting a pay rise if they switch jobs rather than sticking with their employer. According to CWjobs, the Tech sector has an average salary of £62,500, which puts it well above the UK average salary (£27,600). So, if it’s an improved salary you’re after – the Tech sector might be the answer.
If you’ve got a passion for technology, whether it be technical support or solving problems with your own code, the Tech sector has been growing steadily for years.
If you’re looking for flexible working, then the contracting side of Development and Networking could be the solution. In a survey of 20,000 technology professionals, 71% of respondents said they feel their career allows for solid work/life balance.
Once you’ve got some experience in the industry and chosen speciality/focus, you’ll have the freedom to have a more flexible working schedule via contracting roles.
How to get Started in Tech jobs
When you know what you want, you can start to get the ball rolling. Don’t be put off by not having enough experience in your chosen field – there’s a solution for that.
If development isn’t your preferred industry, our Network Professional Programme contains all the must-have certifications to take the first step in your networking career – this includes all the industry sought certifications like CompTIA A+, Microsoft Windows 10 and Server 2012.
Both programmes come with the option to study remotely through our connected platform, meaning you can fit the learning around your current role, and make the transition into IT when you’re ready. Our career support team will support you along the way, helping you to grow your confidence and interview skills ready for your first IT job.
To start your IT career with one of our Job-Guarantee backed training programmes, visit our training page or contact us on 020 7426 9835.