Next move: How do I get back in to the mainstream?

I have 12 years experience in IT support. Two years ago I was made redundant and I am now working in local government as an IT business support officer. How can I equip myself for my next job and maybe move into management?

I have 12 years experience in IT support. Two years ago I was made redundant and I am now working in local government as an IT business support officer. I feel that now I am out of mainstream IT my skills are out of date and I could be unemployable by the end of my contract. How can I equip myself for my next job and maybe move into management?


The solution: Apply for jobs while building experience

With 12 years of experience, you will have skills that many companies would be interested in. The Catch 22 is that having taken a role in the public sector it can be very difficult to move out of this environment again, and the longer you stay in it, the harder it will become.

It is a curious phenomenon that public sector support is seen as an easier environment to work in. I cannot recommend that you take extra courses as the acid test is the environment you apply the skills in, and you could just be wasting your time.

There are various answers to this quandary. One is to stick with the role you have and go for promotion. After all, it is a job you can do and it does pay the bills. Second, you could look for projects being done in conjunction with an external supplier. Get transferred onto the project or at least get to know the people working on it and offer to help out where you can. Third, apply for jobs as often as you can. If you decide that you do not want to stay in the public sector, you need to make the move back as quickly as you can.

To move into management you will need to gain experience in your current role. Is there any opportunity to do that? Can you volunteer for a project that will stretch you while you keep your eyes open for a new role? The long and short of it is that you need to make a move and get back into the mainstream.

Solution by Tracey Abbott, divisional director, Zarak Technology

The panel: Plan-Net Services, Hudson, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, No Limits Coaching

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