Are you ready to consider a career change?

How to pivot into a career in IT.

by MT staff
Last Updated: 12 Jul 2018
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Many professionals will at some stage reach that crossroads moment where they weigh up their career progression. Often this will mean considering whether it’s time to move in a completely new direction.

A survey published by the CV Library earlier this year found that 75.7% of UK professionals would start an entirely new career if they were given the chance.

From reward and remuneration through to lack of progression, there are a range of reasons why professionals may want to consider a change.

For professionals seeking a better work-life balance and increased flexibility, a move into IT could be the right fit. The same CV Library survey also found that  57.3% of IT professionals have the option to work from home when they want to.

Not only does a career in IT offer improved flexibility but it also well remunerated. Research by top IT recruitment site CWJobs has found that the the average salary for IT jobs in UK stands at £52,500 per annum.

So how do you go about pivoting into a career in IT?

The first step is to ensure your decision-making is based on the best possible information. For management professionals considering a change, Axelos - the joint venture between the Cabinet Office and Capita - is a good place to start. 

The organisation is a great resource of globally recognised best practice qualifications. Their free online ‘Career Paths’ tool is designed to help professionals plan their next move and offers a wealth of information in IT Service Management (ITSM) and programme management (PPM). This offers detail on more than 50 roles and maps out the skills required to enter the field.

And while established professionals will possess many transferable skills, there are some excellent retraining options available.

ITIL courses offer a fast and effective way to develop the foundation skills for IT service management. Typically, an intensive, three-day courses covers areas such as service strategy and design, service desk and operations management, and IT and business integration. ITIL certifications are relevant for those already employed in the IT industry who wish to boost their careers as well as those who want to move into this area for the first time.

For those with ITIL qualifications, the next step up could be considering the Managing Successful Programmes or MSP training. This builds on the change management element of ITIL and provides professionals with the tools and techniques they need to successfully handle change within their organisation.

In terms of foundational technical skills, it may also be worthwhile considering enrolling on SQL courses. Now that we’re in the age of the fourth industrial revolution, developing knowledge of Structured Query Language scripts and getting a thorough grounding in the basics of databases will be a valuable skill.

When considering any move, do be patient and research widely, identify skills gaps and, where possible, discuss roles with individuals currently in those positions.

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