Entry-level IT jobs are the jobs that most IT professionals start at. They’re attractive to anyone who has just concluded studying or those searching for a change of career. If you’re looking for an entry-level job or thinking how to get one, read on.

What Is An Entry-Level IT Position?

Entry-level roles are the ones which are targeted at those with no experience in the IT industry. It’s how people go into the IT industry, typically. Most people who take these entry-level IT jobs are straight out of college, or have just been certified. They don’t usually ask for experience - just the required knowledge. They generally have a low level of responsibility, involve you working beneath someone or in a team, and are also quite technical.

Get Yourself Qualified

The easiest way to get an entry-level IT role is to get certified. The majority of these jobs call for one of two things - a degree or a certification. A degree generally refers to a Bachelor in Information Systems/Computer Science/some other IT field. You might actually have gotten this, or are on the way to obtaining the degree.

Certifications refer to the IT qualifications that are created and administered by several organisations on a particular topic. These come in all levels of experience. Among the most common entry-level IT certifications are those available from CompTIA. It’s normally suggested that three of their certifications are a good start for IT professionals wanting to get into the network support or hardware domains - the A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications. Having these provides you with a better chance of obtaining a job than without them.

Get Experience If You Can

Now, entry-level roles are generally those that don’t require experience - as they’re focused towards fresh graduates. Nevertheless, a little experience can be a great help throughout the job hunting and interview process. You could try to get a part-time job at a computer store, or some other IT related company, to gain experience about what it’s like to work in the field. This will give you an edge over other candidates while looking for a job - if recruitment teams note that you've got a month or two of experience working part time servicing computers in a computer sales store, or administering computers in a small business, it will work in your favour.

Look For Employer Graduate Programs

A number of IT businesses run graduate employee programs. These are essentially programs that the organization creates, where they hire more graduates than usual. They could provide a kind of internship, have you on a rotation program within the company, or perhaps get you started in a regular graduate role. The downside is that they only offer them a couple of times per year - typically soon after the university courses finish. In Australia, they’re usually offered in July (after the mid-year graduates finish in June) or in February (after the November graduates have completed and just after the holiday season).

It’s easier to get a graduate job during this time period. They are probably only offering entry-level roles, but that’s OK, as that’s what you’re after. Do a Google search for companies in the area that offer graduate programs. Figure out when they are offered, how to apply, and if there are any presently open.

Start With The Common Entry-Level Positions

A lot of roles in the IT field are typical for entry-level staff. They often have a higher portion of graduate staff than other jobs. Many IT professionals could have started in these roles.

A couple of the most popular roles are help desk support and desktop support. These sorts of roles are often filled by graduates - they are a good way to begin an IT career. They let you acquire the skills you need to have a successful career, and let you put the information to use that you learnt - either in your degree or in the certification.

My first position was in application support - I completed a degree in software development and my first position involved supporting an active system in a team of other IT professionals. It was helpful as I got to utilize the skills I learnt and also learn what it was like to work in the IT field.

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