Canada, Part Time
You might be responsible for the replacement of a whole system based on the specifications provided by an IT Analyst, but often you’ll work with ‘off the shelf’ software, modifying it and integrating it into the existing network. The skill in this is creating the code to link the systems together.You’ll also be responsible for:Reviewing current systemsPresenting ideas for system improvements, including cost proposalsWorking closely with analysts, designers and staffProducing detailed specifications and writing the programme codesTesting the product in controlled, real situations before going livePreparation of training manuals for usersMaintaining the systems once they are up and runningWorking hours:Most of the time you’ll work a 37 to 40 hour week, but you might have to put in longer hours when there are deadlines to be met. This could mean the odd evening or weekend.How much travelling you do will depend on whether you work in-house or for clients.Thanks to clever technology you’ll probably be able to do some of your job from home if you want to and your company allows it.There aren’t many part-time opportunities but freelance work is common if you want some flexibility.There are lots of opportunities, across all industry sectors, reflecting the fact that businesses are so reliant on technology. About a third of all jobs in the IT space are in development and programming.Prospects are good and your typical progression path will see you promoted to senior or principle developer and then to Project Manager.
You could also move into a related arm of technology like systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.If you’re the adventurous type, you might be able to find a position that takes you overseas.
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