Insurance companies are among the UK's largest IT employers - recognising that it is state-of-the-art technology that will give an organisation its competitive edge. Insurance and the wider financial services industry have been responsible for developing some of the world's most innovative e-commerce solutions, and for implementing creative customer relationship management services in call centres around the globe.

Roles in this area include applications developers and programmers, network engineers, software engineers, systems designers and developers, systems and business analysts, and even web designers.

  • Helpdesk/Technical Support
  • IT Management Trainee
  • IT Manager
  • Head of IT

Qualifications required for an IT Career

While many employers express a preference for those with IT-related degrees, some will consider that a genuine interest in technology is more important than your degree subject. However, competition is tough in this field so a degree in computer science/IT, business studies, mathematics, a science based subject or electrical/electronic engineering may boost your chances. Whatever your degree subject, you will need to show computer literacy and well developed IT skills. Professional qualifications are available from bodies such as the Chartered Institute for IT. It is possible to secure a role without a degree, through an Apprenticeship or having completed a professional qualification at school or college.

Skills and qualities required for a career in IT

You'll need the ability to explain problems and solutions clearly to non-technical users. Prioritising your work, meeting deadlines and working under pressure are also important.