How do I change from UAT role?

Two years ago I joined a team responsible for the purchase, development, implementation and support of a system to replace the...

Two years ago I joined a team responsible for the purchase, development, implementation and support of a system to replace the in-store credit card. I was employed to UAT (user acceptance test) the first module of the system known as Apply. I would now like to move to a new company. But, I am reluctant to go for UAT roles as these do not reflect what I do. I have development and analysis skills, plus management skills which are not being used and I am keen to return to this role. What would you suggest?

Try your own IT department first

Michael Bennett
Director, Best People

It appears that you have gained a reasonable understanding of systems with your current company and are now keen to become a full-time IT professional (though you do not say why). The experience you have gained in UAT and analysis of systems issues will stand you in good stead moving to an IT role.

In the first instance, I am surprised you are looking to change companies - I believe with your in-depth knowledge of your organisation, its business processes and systems that you are best qualified to work in your own IT department.

If you have explored this and it is not feasible, my recommendation is to target companies within the same sector where your business knowledge is most transferable. I recommend targeting roles that involve a high level of business analysis or project management as this seems to be where your strengths lie. More technical roles may be harder to secure as it does not sound like you have hands-on coding expertise.

The panel: Apex, MSB International, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, E-skills NTO, Monarch Recruitment, Reed Computing, Prince Training

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