The Australian jobs landscape has shifted in the favour of graduate candidates – but that doesn't mean you can walk into any tech job you see. With the growth in both telecommunications/media and science/technology sectors in recent years, there is a wealth of high-profile, high-reward IT jobs in Australia from which you can take your pick.
However, this introduces a different issue – finding a job that's a perfect fit. To make sure you get the right role for your future, there are some key steps to work on. Do these, and even graduates with no experience can land fantastic jobs in Australian IT.
1) Develop more than your hard skills
Graduate candidates and employers alike look beyond the traditional 'hard skills' like coding ability and knowing Python. Your flexibility, compassion and responsiveness are key examples of 'soft skills' that will play an important role in any modern recruitment process.
This means you need to think not just about the applied knowledge you need for an Australian IT job, but the behavioural characteristics that role will demand of you. Demonstrate those as well as having the right technical skills, and you put yourself in a great position to get that dream job.
2) Know the IT discipline you want (but don't go only for it)
Recruitment can be fickle. While it's critical to know your dream discipline it's equally important to understand that, as a tech graduate with little work experience, you may have to start elsewhere.
You also need to understand where IT jobs are in demand. For example, IBISWorld reports show 7.1 per cent annualised revenue growth in cybersecurity consulting roles, while data storage services have gone up by an annualised 12.4 per cent in the last half-decade. In the same time period, web design services have only grown by 2.9 per cent each year.
Knowing the growth areas – as well as what you want long-term – can help you forge a successful path from A to B.
3) Find your network
Entering Australia's IT workforce with no prior experience can be a daunting task. With a wealth of jobs available and people clamouring for certain skill sets, it can be difficult to tell which role is the right one for you.
By partnering with a team like Monash Talent, you get clarity and vision with your job search. We don't just present roles that fit your qualification – we look at the company structure, growth prospects and cultural fit to give you the big picture on a potential job.
If you're ready to embrace your dream career path in IT, get in touch today.