Hazel Mason
22nd Nov 2018

How to get a top IT job in just 15 months

IT and data analyst careers are currently in high-demand as digital transformation pushes towards a future where these roles are front and centre. As such, careers in IT are lucrative with plenty of opportunity for progression. We explore how it’s possible to get a top IT job in just 15 months.

Why should I consider a career in IT?

In demand

IT roles are currently well sought after in the UK workforce, regardless of industry and sector. Digital transformation has created a need for technical IT knowledge to filter throughout all departments in the organisation in order to keep up with an increasingly tech-savvy world.

A career in IT offers you the security that there will always be a job for you. Especially as there is currently a lack of skilled workers in this area. By developing your own knowledge and skills, you can become a highly desirable candidate which puts you in a great position to negotiate your own career path.

Highly paid

With being in high demand and the current lack of individuals with the skills needed in a technologically advanced workplace, you can negotiate a higher salary than previously for your job role. As companies compete against each other for the best candidates, you can have the pick of the crop and earn more in the process. See below for more information on salary expectations.

Good career progression

Opportunities for career progression are endless. With technology moving at a fast pace, you too will have to keep up. If you show excellence in what you’re doing and can pick up new skills quickly, you’ll be able to transition into higher positions with ease, especially as new roles are being created on an almost daily basis.

How can I get a top IT job in just 15 months?

If you have an analytical mind and you’re good with technology, but yet to gain experience in this area, an IT apprenticeship may be the best start for you.

Our IT Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship is a Level 3 programme aimed at giving you the skills and training to get a head start in your career in IT. Suitable for someone looking to enter into an IT Support or Help Desk position, the apprenticeship will set you up for a successful career – and it’s just 15 months long.

Arch Apprentices work with some brilliant companies, such as Capgemini and Agilisys, who invite young people to join their teams as IT apprentices. But, even if you don’t manage to secure a job at one of these companies at the start of your apprenticeship, your CV will be catapulted to the top of the pile once you’ve completed.

The apprenticeship will give you the skills and qualifications to stand out from the crowd and easily advance your career in IT.

What will I gain on the IT apprenticeship?

Whilst on the IT Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship you will earn a number of industry-recognised qualifications, including the MTA Mobility and Devices Fundamentals and the MTA Cloud Fundamentals certificates. You will learn about device configuration, data access and management, device security, cloud services and enterprise mobility; as well as gaining a full understanding of the cloud and how to support cloud users, how to enable, use, and configure Microsoft Cloud Services and how to administer Office 365 and Microsoft Intune. It’s a great way to get to grips with Microsoft mobile and device technologies. These Microsoft qualifications work towards the Microsoft Technology Associate Exam 98-369, which is a desirable accolade to hold.

Aside from your Microsoft qualifications, you’ll gain tremendous knowledge during your apprenticeship. Another vendor qualification included is the CompTIA A+ exam, which is essential for those starting out their career in IT.  You will also gain BCS L3 Award in Coding & Logic and BCS L3 Award in Business Processes qualifications in which you will learn about coding and logic, which is a key selling point for many interested in becoming an Infrastructure Technician.

What salary can I expect with a career in IT?

In an industry with such high demand, there are a vast array of roles available – and competitive salaries to boot.

For example, according to Robert Half’s Technology 2018 Salary Guide, a Junior Developer can earn up to £30,000 per annum with the minimum salary being a comfortable £19,500. Similarly, a Data Analyst can enter their career with a salary of between £23,500-56,500. And, even with entry-level roles such as IT Help Desk Technician, you could expect to receive a salary of £18,250 to £22,750.

Your salary expectations can be high when entering a career in IT, with senior IT professionals earning upwards of £80,000pa.

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. In fact, at Arch, most of our employers pay within the range of £12,000 – £20,000 pa. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week. Learn more about the salaries you can expect here.

If you are interested in our IT Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship, take a look at the opportunities currently available with Arch.

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