Unhappy in your current career but worried it’s too late to make the change? Don’t let age hold you back.
Published on: 27th December 2019
There’s a common misconception that the older you get the less chance you have of successfully changing career, this could not be further from the truth.Thanks to the advancement of online learning there are more resources than ever to develop the skills needed to enter a new industry.
Discover the top reasons you should take the plunge and kickstart your career in IT, no matter your age.
Be in high demand
Employers are consistently reporting to us that they are struggling to find the right talent to fill positions. This has created a huge demand for skilled professionals in IT. They are looking for candidates with the right level of knowledge to do the role efficiently, this is not restricted to a particular age group. By ensuring you have the skills employers in the industry are looking for, you become the perfect applicant.
It is often described as a recession-proof industry because the demand for skilled professionals out weighs the current supply.
Changing careers and entering a tech profession, brings you into a sustainable industry. The tech industry is rapidly expanding with no signs of stopping. Proving yourself to be a valuable expert in this field brings job security.
Gaining vital experience and knowledge within an IT role plays massively to your own advantage. A report by Burning Glass Technologies for the UK government found that by entering a role that requires specific digital skills, workers can reduce their risk of automation by a dramatic 59%.
If you’ve found yourself in a role that feels stagnant and monotonous, taking on a fresh challenge is a great way to bring job satisfaction into your life. Consider what kind of environment you would thrive in, and explore an IT role that would take you there.
A career change should bring you more of what you love so do your research to find a fitting role. Continue to put yourself and your career goals first, no matter your age. If you need a career change for any reason, IT will have something that suits you. Our career consultants are experts at finding the right career path for you, within IT, no matter what your background is.
Opportunities for everyone
There are courses for all levels of experience, we have collections that can take you from the complete basics through to an IT specialist. If you’re already experienced in technology, a more advanced course will validate your current skills whilst shaping them towards your chosen career path. Getting certified is easier than you think.
IT needs diversity
As technology continues to grow, new challenges are appearing. Having a workforce that is diverse and from all different backgrounds will make the industry stronger. Being older than other candidates will give you the advantage of world experience, use this to approach company problems in a different way that could prove effective. You could be the person who identifies the next big solution by using your all important transferable skills.
Certifications made with your career in mind
The training and certifications we offer are shaped around making an individual career-ready, giving students hands-on practical skills as well as the knowledge and support you need in order to pass your exams. . We work closely with exclusive partners and experts to ensure our course content is in line with what the industry demands. Enrolling on a course this way inclined is going to massively speed up the process of your career change. Why waste any more time than you need to, in a job that doesn’t make you happy?
- IT support
With companies relying on their computing systems working efficiently, beginning a career in IT support puts you in a highly valued position. The role involves a varied amount of skills including technical analysis and the creativity of problem solving.This is great area for beginners with the option to specialise further into roles such as a systems administrator, IT consultant and enterprise architect.
Computer networking is the process of setting up, developing and maintaining computer networks. You’ll be working with a variety of hardware, software and networks that will be important wherever your networking career leads you. The basics will enter you into a role of network technician and the advanced could see you as an information systems manager.
- Cyber security
With the constant threat of data breaches, starting a career in cyber security is more manageable than ever. It’s such a rewarding job role, with the ability to use both analytical and creative traits to solve problems. With a 0% unemployment rate you are guaranteed a job role fast once you have the necessary skills. From support engineer to ethical hacker the roles come with great salaries and job satisfaction.
- Big data
This job pathway involves analysing massive pieces of data in order to provide unique insights. Businesses are desperate for data scientists with the right skills to utilise the data efficiently. Begin with a data admin role and progress into the likes of big data developer.
A career in cloud computing will put you at the peak of innovation. With data being stored on to online systems it’s vital for a company to have skilled professionals to ensure the smooth running of it. It’s a new role with exciting opportunities ahead, you could have the ability to make a role the way you want it. From cloud administrator to cloud security professional the specialisms are continuing to be shaped and climbed.
What can we do?
We will work with you to map out a clear career plan based on your experience and goals. Our career consultants are happy to answer any questions and are trained to offer you the best support possible leading up to your enrolment. As a student you will have online mentors from within the industry and our StudentCare team on-hand to offer help with your studies and to manage all your queries. In addition to this, our Career Services are there to cover all things surrounding your employability. We work closely with our Industry Advisory Board to connect our students and employers with all the tools necessary to get that dream role.
Azhar Chaudri reached out to us about a career change into cyber security. He already had experience in IT but wanted to further his specialism. With the help of his career consultant and Career Services, Azhar has now begun a role within his chosen industry and is confident about his new career.
"Although I did have experience in security before I joined Learning People, it was confined to SAP. I was approaching 50 and after conversing with a friend who is a Cyber Security Consultant, he suggested I make a transition to this ‘new frontier’ in IT.
I quickly learned there was a great demand for roles in this sector and since I was geographically mobile, my opportunities were greatly enhanced, in comparison with my previous role."
Zena had been in the postal industry for 15 years. She found the role had become mundane and wanted a change.
“Almost straight away upon completing the Comptia A+ I had a new job within 3 months. I am currently working for Specsavers, as a Service Desk Analyst.
Amazing support in all aspects, I would recommend Learning people to anyone, if you’re looking to start a fresh or even just to build on what they already know Learning people have the knowledge to get you where you want to be.”