It seems to us that students should start with "career orientation," that is, to look around. What exactly to look at depends on what kind of education you have, and what you already know. If you are new to IT, then you should understand what kind of specializations there are in IT, and also take a closer look at the QA profession, or quality engineer — in other words, a tester. This is the best way to enter the industry. Nevertheless, you need to see what else is happening around you, and get a feel for what you have a passion for: industries, technologies, or a certain programming language, for example. You should add those companies that you're interested in to your social networks — look at how they live, and what intonation they use to talk about themselves.Step 2:
If you already know something about programming, then you can check your skills. There are a lot of tools for this. For example, programming Olympiads. These range from serious competitions like Google Code Jam or Facebook Hacker Cup, to the more entertaining "Proggy-Buggy
" contest held by DataArt. Any capable people get noticed at these Olympiads right away. You can also try using online code-solving websites, like Coding Dojo, Code Retreat or Skillotron
. It makes sense to check your English level as well. Skillotron has a separate category of questions for this, but you can use any other tool as well. Step 3:
The next level of immersion is going to seminars-webinars and meetups. A significant part of these events takes place online these days, so you don't have to limit yourself to local events, although it makes a lot of sense to take a closer look at local hangouts for the technology you are interested in — connecting with these people can then play a big role in your career. Speaking even at small, local events makes you very noticeable, and people who are able to make an intelligent presentation are very much appreciated in the industry. Step 4:
You can check your CV on our CV Duck service
— our HR managers, who view hundreds of CVs every day, will give you free advice on how to put your CV in order. Step 5:
Finally, keep an eye on the company websites. They regularly hold schools for beginners. DataArt arranges such promotions in the summer, and takes interns with basic knowledge without work experience all year round.