Academic Route Not Only Option for Career in IT, says Computeach

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IT Training provider urges candidates to consider all options in an industry which continues to recruit.

In our experience, employers are looking for IT specific qualifications relevant to today's market, whether they are based on Microsoft or Cisco applications.

During the week when A-level results are announced in England, Computeach is underplaying the role of academic achievement, commenting that it is secondary to industry qualifications as a means of breaking into the IT Industry.

Darren O'Connell, careers consultant, explains, "With GCSE, A-level and Scottish Highers results being issued, thousands of young people will be considering their future, and it is a busy time for us in terms of offering advice on the IT industry.

O'Connell comments that the content of a degree course offered in the first year of study is often deemed outdated and irrelevant by the time a four year course has been completed.

"In our experience, employers are looking for IT specific qualifications relevant to today's market, whether they are based on Microsoft or Cisco applications." He says, "While a degree in Computer Science, for example, will show a commitment to the subject and a high-level of technical knowledge, it may not differentiate an individual in a market that demands current and relevant skills.

He continues, "Public sector organisations often require degree educated candidates, but to succeed in private enterprise individuals are still likely to need an industry recognised qualification, even in addition to their academic achievements. It is the ability to communicate with customers, to solve problems and to understand business needs that will set you apart. These skills are fundamental whether you enter the workplace at 16, after A-levels or with a degree and there are opportunities at all levels."

Computeach is offering course advice and IT careers support for individuals looking to enter the IT industry. For further information visit http://www.computeach.co.uk or call 0800 083 0261.

About Computeach
With over 40 years of experience in the IT Training Industry, Computeach provides innovative and truly blended learning solutions to improve lives for a wide range of customers. For more information visit http://www.computeach.co.uk

For further information contact:
Helen Stevens/Carly Rudrum/Bethan Wadeson
http://www.berkeleypr.co.uk
T.01454 629 741
carly.rudrum @ berkeleypr.co.uk

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