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the back end THE IT CROWD Wanting to put your computing skills to profitable use? The multi-billion-pound IT industry remains a land of real opportunity... JOB FOCdUeS w IT an n y technolog ADVICE! DO YOU have plenty of IT ON CLOUD NINE… How to take advantage of the cloud computing revolution Unless you’ve spent the last couple of years in a box somewhere in the desert – and each to his or her own – you’ll be at least partially aware of the revolution in IT being provided by cloud computing. In a nutshell, cloud computing involves storing data and running processes not on one’s computer as was traditionally the case, but over the internet. Anyone who’s ever used the likes of Hotmail or Gmail will have come into contact with these basics: all you need is a device with access to the internet and a web browser, and your emails and all the information therein are stored in “the cloud” – in data centres potentially many thousands of miles away from where you may be sitting at the time. Cloud computing is utterly transforming IT and what are known as “IT-Enabled Services”, and the employment market is shaking up in response. There has been a huge surge in demand for software developers, designers, security specialists and – especially – sales and marketing professionals who can help bring the great wave of new solutions to customers. This is a time of great disruption for the industry – but such times also provide amazing opportunities to get ahead, and tying up with the right company (even a very small start-up with some big ideas) at the right time could prove incredibly lucrative. If you’re looking for a career in IT you simply can’t afford to ignore the cloud, now or ever, so make sure you’re as fully versed with all the relevant technology as you can be and remember: there might be some real comfort in securing a job with a householdname brand, but there might be more long-term value in starting small… experience and knowledge (especially of niche or tightly focussed areas of the discipline) but don’t want to be tied down to a particular role or business? You should consider working as an IT Consultant. Going into businesses and helping them use technology to turn round their fortunes – or move to the next level – can be extremely rewarding (and highly remunerative) and can provide the variety and flexibility that might be lacking in fixed, fulltime roles within those businesses themselves. You’ll need to have a good understanding of business strategy and practice, and strong familiarity with the solutions you’re going to be advising on; you’ll also need to be highly adaptive and resourceful. If that’s you, what are you waiting for? 197

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2013

Ed's letter
Meet Hilary
Dress for success
Bags of style
Onwards and upwards
The path to enlightenment
On the job
Under operation
Under assessment
Question time
Rising up the ranks
Law and order
Make your search social
On the books
Getting graphic
Sowing the seeds
Making contact
On the move
Going green
Get the cogs turning
Building it up
On the factory floor
Engineering change
Take it up a gear
A rainy-day career
Bank on it
Full house
Talk shop
A clean slate
Hungry work
Quench your thirst
At your leisure
All's fair and square
Head in the clouds
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