The start of professional life as an IT specialist
Gone are the days when you have to master complex programming languages in the IT profession. The abbreviation IT (Information Technology) stands between classical electronics and modern computer science. Whether in a medium-sized company, in the public sector or in a corporate group: computers and EDP systems are now everywhere. With the growth of modern technology, the interest and popularity in an IT profession is also growing. People also often talk about jobs with a secure future and good development opportunities. Many young people create the opportunity to become a sought-after IT expert later on by choosing to train as, for example, an IT systems clerk (now called “IT systems management clerk”), IT specialist for systems integration or IT systems electronics technician.
For whom is the profession suitable and for whom not?
Basically, what matters for training in an IT profession is that you have strong communication skills and are service-oriented. In addition, a good knowledge of computer science and mathematics is required. Some technical understanding should also be present. The same applies to the English language: many technical terms in the information world are formulated in English.
In the IT profession, a lot of emphasis is placed on communication with suppliers, employees or customers. For example, there always has to be coordination when planning or handing over systems. If you don’t want to have any customer / people contact, we tend to advise against a job in IT. Even if you work in the public sector, as an IT employee you are often asked to help with employees’ problems. In general, if you are enthusiastic about technology and can understand simple applications on a computer, an apprenticeship in IT might be the right thing to do. Digitization is spreading into all areas of life, so even those who are undecided can find a field that excites them.
What are the prerequisites and does one need experience with computers or EDP?
As a rule, companies require at least a specialized baccalaureate from their applicants. Often, however, students with a good intermediate school leaving certificate also have top chances of securing an apprenticeship. Good grades in computer science, math or English naturally pay off. In our company, a good intermediate school leaving certificate is sufficient. In addition to the grades, the required properties are very important.
As mentioned above, the ability to work in a team, strong communication skills, an interest in hardware and software, and a high level of motivation are among the key points. At the end of their training, apprentices will be able to plan, install, maintain and administer computer systems and will also be proficient in software programming. Since computer science is already on the school curriculum, entry-level employees usually bring some experience to the table. Deeper knowledge is always an advantage. If you know how to assemble a PC, this is of course great but not a must. We believe that with enough motivation and commitment, you can learn anything. No one needs to be afraid of making mistakes in training. Many of our employees were once trainees themselves and take each new trainee by the hand. In addition, we have several trainers who only care about trainees and help at any time.
What is the daily work routine like?
The daily work routine is just as varied as the training locations. Early in the morning, a team meeting is scheduled in the office. In the morning, PCs and servers are assembled, configured and prepared in the workshop. Then it goes to the customer’s site and the finished computers are set up. Outlook gives a sign, a new ticket has come in. Customers or employees can report IT problems via the ticket system, which then have to be solved as a team or individually. In addition to support, one is responsible for designing and setting up networks or commissioning servers or PCs. There is no monotony or stagnation here and you will experience a varied everyday working life.
Promising career opportunities even without studies
The training occupation of IT specialist is a state-recognized, joint occupation from the specialist areas of computer science and information technology. After the apprenticeship, the doors are open for numerous further training opportunities. Experts in certain areas (e.g. IT security) are in high demand and can be well paid for their work. There are many certifications that can be earned. A Microsoft certificate is always useful for your future career. The old adage also applies in IT: knowledge is power! Those who are particularly well versed in certain areas have a very good chance of quickly advancing to management positions. From team leader to IT manager to division manager, there are numerous opportunities open to those who have been trained.
We at CosH Consulting GmbH offer the following apprenticeship positions:
- IT Specialist System Integration
- Management assistant for IT systems management (update on our website coming soon)
- Office management assistant