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    With IT and Technology based careers, there are several routes into a job in the industry, some more common than others. You could do a degree at university, an apprenticeship, or even start out your own project without either of those; all of these are very valid routes into the industry, and all will be more successful for some than for others.

    For those of you still at school or university, what route do you intend to take? And for those of you already in a job, how did you get there? Did anyone take a less well known path to get there?
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    I was doing an MSci in theoretical physics, but decided in my 3rd year that I wanted to learn more about programming, as I found it interesting and knew there were a lot of jobs out there. So I switched to a BSc in theoretical physics, and enrolled for an MSc in software development. The MSc was a conversion course, having a STEM degree wasn't required.

    Doing the MSc in software development probably wasn't necessary though, as I know other physics graduates who have also gotten IT jobs. But I think it definitely helped, and I learned a lot too! There were a lot of people in my MSc class who originally done degrees from the arts too, like English or history etc, so a conversion course is a great way to acquire a completely new set of skills.
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    Well I was the classic compsci grad... but blew the first opportunity I had. I want to own up to my mistakes and get another shot at the sector but then parents tell me I'll never get a job that way.
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    The short story is I applied for an apprenticeship to get into IT security, after a year the whole thing started falling apart and I decided to start studying Forensic Computing at uni. I'll be starting in September with plans to get company experience when I graduate and start working on official security qualifications.
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    Great thread! I would encourage more users to share their experiences.

    Short version: It basically started out during high school, where I became interested in IT & Technology, particularly web design. I eventually got my CCNA certification as well later on during high school. Studied Computer Science at university, by which time I was already fairly proficient in web development and servers etc. and after leaving my studies I went on to work as a mid-level API developer (mainly back-end PHP and databases). After that I had various roles as a PHP or Web Applications Developer. Moved on into more senior levels and much wider exposure to various technologies, and now I'm a DevOps Engineer.

    I wouldn't have gotten into my initial roles after university without some side-projects, freelance work, portfolio etc. so having actual experience was very important.
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    Started as a temp helping out on a laptop rollout, no technical knowledge required. Was offered a position to stay on the team (3rd line support).

    Basically just stumbled into the role.
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    Did a microsoft exam through self study.. Work in 1st/2nd line support


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    (Original post by Compton Menace)
    Did a microsoft exam through self study.. Work in 1st/2nd line support


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    What Microsoft exam?... look to get into !st line support myself.
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    The abridged version:

    Some sagely wisdom from my dad "Learn about computers, that's where the future is", along with him bringing a PC home from work. Followed by several years of reading books and magazines, taking PCs apart and putting them back together. Taught myself BASIC, then Visual Basic. Knew I wanted to be a programmer, didn't go to uni. Started looking for Visual Basic developer roles, landed a couple of interviews (took a floppy disk with some projects on)... First developer job.

    Fast-forward a good few years and here I am at TSR...
 
 
 
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