Top tips for telco graduates

The Graduate Recruitment team at Grovelands has a wealth of experience in placing graduates in the telecommunications industry. Here are their top tips for those seeking success in telco.

Top tips for graduates and telecommunicationsGrovelands has successfully placed a number of graduates all over the UK in technology roles, specifically in the telecommunications (telco) industry. Our experience from this process has enabled us to identify the key skills and attributes sought after by the companies we work with.

Therefore, this week in the Grovelands Graduate Recruitment team we’ve compiled our top tips for graduates seeking success within telco.

Candidates who follow these tips stand a better chance of gaining a position in the telco industry. This is especially true since we are able to gauge a candidate’s technical knowledge before they are presented to a company. This means we only present candidates who are fully capable of carrying out a role to the firm’s specification.

In addition to the skills and experience detailed below, the graduates we have provided as candidates have shown excellent drive and purpose during each assignment, which is why we have had so many success stories in placing graduates in the telco industry.

1. Be clear on your goals

  • Are you interested in software or hardware? Installation and design or troubleshooting? IT helpdesk or network support? Be clear about your area of interest and work on building up your skills and experience in that area.

2. Study for an industry-recognised qualification

  • On top of your degree, ensure you are studying towards an industry recognised certification. These are provided by many companies and hardware manufacturers, notably Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Juniper and Comptia.
  • Industry trends suggest Cisco qualifications are better rated than other similar qualifications. This is down to their hardware being used by so many companies.
  • Juniper qualifications are very much sought after too, due to a general lack of expertise in this area. Grovelands would recommend a CCNA course as the best starting point.
  • An ITIL qualification only takes a day to complete and is very affordable. This qualification provides great insight into the framework in which technical support is provided.

3. Gain practical knowledge and experience

  • The industry has recently moved away from hiring fresh grads, with much more importance now being placed on practical knowledge and experience. Studying for an accredited certificate can help. Better still, gaining experience in a first line support role can greatly improve your prospects and bolster your CV.

4. Build transferable skills

  • If you are unsuccessful in gaining a first line support role, don’t despair! Practical experience where you build on your transferable skills can be really valuable. For example, working on a helpdesk where phones are used to convey information.

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