Dudley, West Midlands United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 10, 2011 -- Many people use computers, smartphones and iPads as part of everyday life, for personal use and in the workplace. In fact, recent figures from the International Data Corporation revealed that smartphone sales have increased by almost 90 per cent since this time last year, as more and more people use iPhones, BlackBerrys and other gadgets to help them stay in touch via emails and the internet. But can a knowledge of these kind of gadgets really prove you have what it takes to succeed in a career in IT?
Well, the IT industry is fast-paced and develops very quickly - so employers are looking for people who are tech-savvy and able to pick up technology skills quickly and efficiently.
And the internet now enables people to stay in contact in a multitude of different ways, allowing workers the opportunity to work from home and travel with business.
Globally the IT industry is set to increase in the coming years, growing by 3.3 per cent in the next year, and in the next 12 months the UK will see a growth of 1.8 per cent until 2013.
And a recent report by Sector Skills Council e-skills UK showed that despite the recession, the IT sector is still hiring.
However, the e-skills council report highlighted the fact that there is a lack of people with the required skills, qualifications or expertise. This is creating a problem for employers, half of which have experienced a shortage of people with the skills they are looking for.
Those looking to develop their computer skills to take advantage of the computer training courses available, which can really make the difference in getting a job. IT pros can ill afford to 'rest on their laurels'; keeping on top of qualifications and obtaining experience will be key.
The report highlighted that the IT sector "will continue to seek specialists in the web services arena, as organisations across every spectrum begin to invest less in hardware and more in web-based and SaaS technologies".
Clearly, businesses will seek to recruit the more skilled professionals. So for those looking for a career in IT, while gadget knowledge will help, what will really secure a job is relevant it training.