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IT and computer science is a relatively new subject and is not a compulsory subject to study whilst at school. It is important to learn IT skills, even just the basics, with computers and technology at the heart of every job sector and a major part of daily life.
Computer software and the internet are constantly developing, with new technologies, services and trends popping up all the time.
As well as computer technology, IT skills are also heavily involved in the development of mobile phone technology and in the engineering of machinery and new products.
Without IT we wouldn’t have half of the products and services that we use on a daily basis.
In the UK, the IT & Telecoms industry is a major contributor the economy, with the internet alone being worth an estimated £100 billion.
Anyone can take a course in IT, whether it is a GCSE, A-level, Degree or a qualification that you can work towards online.
Even without a specific qualification, there are certain jobs that will require employees to be familiar with Microsoft Office, basic internet browsing, and databases, or simply require people who can touch type!
More information on how different subjects can help you progress here