Employment & Training

Ashley Laurie

I'm 22 and I want a career change into IT

Posted: 10/01/17 by Ashley Laurie

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I've been working as an onsite joiner for the last 3 years, sure, most of the time I enjoy my job but I can't see myself doing it for the rest of my life unfortunately, even though I could progress. I want to change into a career and an aspect of my life I've loved for a long time; IT. I've dabbled in IT for years, ever since I was a teenager and I have a lot of knowledge varying from networking to cyber security (fairly amateur) but no formal qualifications. I left highschool with a total of 18 GCSE's with my engineering diploma adding 6 of those all from A-C and I didn't bother to attend college, I found that aspect of education intolerable and at 22 I know I'm at an extreme disadvantage of being accepted for an apprenticeship. What can I do?

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  • NGtU Career Advisor

    Your age and experience will not be a disadvantage, and as you are under 24, the funding works just as it would for an 18 year old.

    Your CV and applications need to stress all the advantages you offer over a younger applicant - the maturity, proven work ethic, independent work skills, hitting deadlines, team working etc.

    Your continued interest in IT may have given you more knowledge than you think, but you could look at a formal qualification part-time through a local College (Microsoft certification or similar) or informally through a MOOC in an aspect of IT (www.coursera.org as an example - look at free courses)

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