What to study to get a Job in IT

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So you want to work with computers after you graduate university? That’s great news!

This means that if you’re just about to enter university, you may think that in order to get a job in IT, you can just do an IT degree: simple right?

Not quite.

For instance, there is quite a lot of confusion about the term ‘IT’. Whilst it is used as a catch-all term for ‘working with computers’, it ALSO refers to the specific field of working in computing maintenance and repairs.  Read more →

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Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems…

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There is rarely a consensus on what ‘Big Data’ really means, either within business or academia, but if there is one point that most (if not all) companies can agree on, it’s that their voyage into big data caused unexpected problems.
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Core Skills Needed to be an IT Manager: What you Need to Know

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So you want to be an IT Manager?

You’ve been in the industry for a couple of years, you know your stuff and your all clued up. Good; it’s time to make the next leap.

Management is a whole new ball game compared to a more junior roll. Not only do you need to master your own job, but you must be able to provide support and knowledge to those you manage. Now that really is a challenge.  Read more →

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Six skills every Business Analyst needs

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See the six skills to help you succeed as a Business Analyst, a role that often comes with lots of autonomy, constantly evolving demands and priorities.

These six skills don’t necessarily determine whether you’ll be a competent business analyst. But if you’re aware of them, you’ll have an advantage in selling yourself as someone who will be able to work effectively in any organisation.

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IT Sales Tips: How to Hone Your Skills

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Working in IT sales is not easy: by definition, your role is inherently two-fold. You are expected to be an IT expert and a successful Marketer. That’s two different sets of skills that you’re working with on a daily basis. You need knowledge of computing and how to be a good salesperson- these are both important parts of the job. We can understand that sometimes, the variety of skills you’re using on can feel like juggling a lot of things at once.

So, in order to make things easy for you, we’ve researched the best tips on the skills that are unique to an IT Salesperson and how you can improve your job.   Read more →

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Game Developer Salary

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A Game Developer can be an exciting and creative, as well as a highly technical role. With the current high demand for video games, developers are certainly in demand, making this an excellent choice of IT career for people interested in coding and Computer Science.

However, there are obviously various levels of seniority in the Game Developer business and the more relevant experience you have, the greater chance you will have of succeeding.  Read more →

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What is Elliptic Curve Cryptography?

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Elliptic curve cryptography is a set of algorithms for encrypting and decrypting data and exchanging cryptographic keys. But why is it called elliptic? The word derives from ellipse, which is a mathematical curve in a plane surrounding two focal points such that the sum of the distances to the two focal points is constant for every point on the curve.  Planets in orbit round the Sun travel in an elliptic orbit, not circular.

Now while the length of part of an arc in a circle is easy to calculate, it’s a pretty complex task for an arc on an ellipse.  I’ll spare you the maths. Cryptography in general is an area where knowledge of algebra to an advanced level is required to really understand it, but you can still use it without that depth of knowledge.  Read more →

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Do You Need a Degree for a Programming Job?

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Conventional wisdom has it that you need a degree to get a technology job. It’s been that way since the 1970s or earlier. Back then it didn’t matter what degree you had, it didn’t have to be a First or any kind of honours degree. You could become a computer programmer with just an Arts Degree and many did.

If you had the money or the right idea, you could always drop out of University and do your own thing. It worked very well for Bill Gates a co-founder of Microsoft. Larry Ellison of Oracle, and Steve Wozniak of Apple fame. Here’s a list of 100 people who prospered without degrees.

But as salaries grew higher, more people went to university and the type of degree mattered more. I needed my Computer Science degree to get my first two programming jobs in 1981 and 1983. Since then degrees have devalued. An honours degree was much more of a rarity thirty years ago but now a 2:1 is often described as the minimum, with Master’s degrees perceived as really good to have.  Read more →

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Top Tips for Working from Home: How to Stay Productive

Choose a clear layoutWorking from home sounds like the dream but, like everything, throws up challenges. Lack of human contact, procrastinating with house tasks and The Jeremy Kyle Show (let’s hope not) are to name a few.

But that doesn’t mean to say you can’t be productive, it just may take a new way of thinking…

Heading into the office on a daily basis you don’t really have a choice whether you work or not. Yes, you may be able to spare a cheeky few minutes checking the footie news or which former X factor ‘star’ is heading to the Jungle, but you can’t exactly start doing the hoovering.

This doesn’t mean to say you don’t get a choice at home, of course; if you don’t get your work done you’re not going to be getting anywhere in your career. It just means it takes a bigger effort to settle down to your day. Yet there are plenty of tips you can use to help manage this, and here they are…  Read more →

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What is a Systems Analyst and is it right for you?

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What is a Systems Analyst?

Systems Analysts design, implement, and maintain the IT systems of companies and organisations. This means that you’ll be looking after company-wide computing infrastructures as part of a team, helping to maintain and protect it from external attacks, as well as working to improve the system as a whole.

Additionally, as a potential Systems Analysist, it’s important to understand that you’ll also be liaising between your superiors from the business side and your IT team, working to create and maintain an efficient system. Whether you’re a recent graduate, or an experienced IT Professional looking to progress their career this article will help you figure out if a Systems Analyst position is right for you!  Read more →

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