The IT Crowd

Want to channel your inner Bill Gates? Employers are increasingly offering tech graduate schemes to set you on your way.

Chances are you’re looking for more than just a job; you’re looking for a satisfying and rewarding career, it should be useful, therefore, to know that the UK tech industry is becoming one of the most desirable professions to work in.

A career in information technology doesn’t necessarily require a computer-based degree; when it comes to working in IT there are many opportunities available. The majority of organisations today depend on the design, implementation and management of technology, and as a graduate you will possess the relevant skills for a diverse range of sectors and roles. Whether you’re looking for a career as a web developer, IT manager, or a mechanical engineer, there are schemes and opportunities for you to start a role in tech.

In an ever-growing industry, a career in IT would be a positive investment. Britain’s booming technology sector is growing at its fastest rate since the credit crunch, according to new figures from KPMG. What’s more, the sector is also expanding more rapidly than any other in the UK. According to a recent survey carried out by Barclays, Britain’s IT sector is set to grow four times faster than GDP in 2015, so there is no better time to climb the ladder with a graduate scheme – one of the most efficient routes into the industry. “IT permeates every aspect of our society and so opportunities for graduates are pretty endless. Tech is such a growth area, you can pretty much enter any industry you want – look at the rise of fintech, healthtech, edtech as well as fashiontech,” says Kin Bang, Marketing and Admissions Manager at We Got Coders.

“It’s not just with industries, but the roles themselves are varied, ranging from project management to web development. Recent research by Deloitte has found that two of the fastest rising occupations in the UK are in the IT sector – IT Project Management and Programming/Software Development.” 

Companies are now offering graduate schemes in technology hardware, operating systems, software and team leadership, all of which will enhance your skills and knowledge of the sector before you progress. For example, Travis Perkins, the UK leading timber and builders merchant, “run a two-year IT graduate programme which brings graduates into jobs such as business analysts, software engineers, infrastructure engineers, service management trainees, data analysts,” according to Katy Eyles, Recruiter at Travis Perkins. These programmes help to develop your commercial awareness, client management skills and understanding of the business benefi ts of IT. While FDM Group offer specially designed graduate programmes to help launch you into a career in IT and business which, in turn, rewards you for your success and encourages you to exceed your potential.

Another increasingly prominent company helping to create and nurture jobs in IT and coding is We Got Coders. The company offers graduates the chance to be part of a highly skilled team of web developers who work with start-ups, digital agencies and the government to deliver high-quality software engineering solutions.

The 12-week course bridges the gap between university and your first job. It consists of intensive, classroom-based study and the programme is free for those who stay with the firm for a minimum of two years.

“Our scheme helps graduates get that elusive first job after graduation and onto the first and second rungs of the career ladder.” says Kin Bang. Starting salaries are on average around £22,000 pro rata, but as Kin confirms: “after two years of working on real-world client projects, graduates will be able to confidently call themselves a mid-level developer and be able to command £40,000+ salaries. A quick Google search will reveal that vacancies in the IT sector are growing and predicted to grow even further.” 

Used in almost every business, tech’s key attribute is its versatility, continuous development and evolution. This means the industry is in endless need of forward-thinking, innovative individuals, with an understanding of technology and the ability to learn. So, what are you waiting for? Time to get networking. 


Name: Alex Malik

Role: Junior Ruby/Ruby on Rails developer for We Got Coders

Degree: Psychology and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University

Why did you choose to study at We Got Coders after completely your degree?

They seemed genuine and worth investing my time in. They also have a live-in arrangement, so you can spend every day studying code. That is a major advantage because you have access to the teachers 24/7, and you are immersed in a coding environment.

What skills have you gained from studying with We Got Coders?

I now have an in-depth knowledge of the Ruby programming language, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML, MVC programme architecture, SQL language and database interaction – to name a few!

How long after the course did you find employment?

I was offered a job before the final project ended – there is that much work out there! 

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into the tech industry?

Decide the direction you want to go in within the industry first. Then, research on what the typical requirements for the job you want to do are and start taking steps towards them.