How to become an IT professional? Before you start, it's important to get the basics! Read our blog post! Let us help you!
An IT professional is a professional who designs, develops, tests, operates and maintains software and IT systems. But before we get into IT jobs, let's take a look at what IT does these days!
Key trends in IT in 2023
IT trends are influenced by a number of factors, such as the emergence of new technologies, changing user needs, business needs, market trends and R&D results. In 2023, we see the following areas being the most prominent:
Why are trends important?
These are likely to be the main topics in 2023. Why is it important? In my opinion, it's because if you are (or will become) an IT professional, it's not only your job that determines what you do but also the specific IT field.
To work in one of these areas, you will need significant experience. But it's OK if you can see from the start which areas are important to you and you don't just drift. I know IT professionals who like to work on small and manageable tasks as software developers (e.g. small websites). And those who like to start working on big tasks (e.g. designing a national IT system). Find out what your path is!
Key IT jobs
At Bluebird, we group IT jobs as follows. These are considered the main category, you can find a detailed breakdown on our IT roles page.
What does an IT professional do? Examples
If you choose any of the above, you can tell what IT professionals do. For example:
You see, there are many different things an IT professional can do. You need to decide which area interests you the most (see list of IT trends above) and think about which role you are best suited for (see main job roles above).
Tip from an experienced IT professional
When I was looking for my first IT job, I had the pleasure of speaking to a very senior IT professional before I started my search. He said, "Balázs! It's not enough to know that you work as a software developer. That alone is not enough! You need to know which domain you are really interested in! Banking? Industrial manufacturing automation? Or other? Think about what you are interested in, which area you can see yourself in, and then start looking for a job." I took the advice, even though I ended up becoming a company director, maybe because I'm interested in IT as a whole, not just one job, and maybe also because I'm very interested in building companies and running companies.
"How can I become a computer scientist?"
Among IT positions, the proportion of software developer positions can vary and may depend on the measurement method, the field under consideration, and the level of detail.
However, in my opinion, in general, the proportion of software developer positions among IT positions is somewhere around 30-40%. It is for this reason that the steps are presented for this job.
If you are interested in other jobs, check out our blog posts on main IT roles!
"Which IT course should I choose?"
If you want to become an IT professional, it's a good idea to enrol in a course that gives you the opportunity to acquire practical skills as well as professional knowledge. The following are some of the most useful IT courses available: