Careers in IT tend to require a degree in computer science, information and technology or another STEM subject that will demonstrate your ability to solve problems, such as physics or maths.

Although extensive experience and training are required to break into IT besides academic qualifications, once you have done so it is a well-paid sector; starting salaries are normally equivalent to if not more than the national UK average.

There is considerable opportunity for self-employment and remote work in the IT industry. Experienced professionals have the ability to work as a contractor or purely on a freelance basis as well as the traditional office job structure.

Although hours are usually 9-5 on paper, in practice project completion is valued above a strict work schedule, with overtime common in the run-up to deadlines. In such cases work-life balance tends to suffer. Those who struggle with this can opt for self-employment; freelancers have greater ability to pace themselves and can set their own hours.

Digital skills shortages are industry-wide, meaning that hardworking graduates with organised personalities and a willingness to stay ahead of the technical curve have many career opportunities.

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