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I'm a couple of weeks away from graduating and have been offered a job as a test analyst,
I have searched the net to get an idea of what the job involves but from what I see I am worried I don't have the skills to fulfill this role.
After speaking to the job placement adviser he said they will train me and that the most important skill I need is communication.
I am not confident that with the limited IT training I have received in the last year that I am capable of doing the job.
I was wondering if anyone could ease my worries and let me know how easy the job is
Don't take this the wrong way, but if you're just coming out of school, you don't have the skills for any professional job yet. Employers know this and hire people out of school only if they are willing to provide the training for them. It's unlikely that they would have hired you if they thought you couldn't cut it.
I would imagine that should work in your favor as you already know what it's like to be an employee. Sounds simplistic, but students who have never held a professional job usually have no idea what to expect in the workplace.
Nick de Waal wrote:Thanks Bear,
I should of mentioned that I am not a young student, I am nearing my 40's and this is a career change so I do have experience as an employee, just none in IT.
not sure if that will make a difference
If you like the sound of the job and they're offering training, grab it with both hands. As Bear says, it sounds like they're confident you can learn how to do the job with the training they're offering, and your previous experience of working life should be a massive benefit to you (and them), so the only question is whether you want it.
I don't know what the job market is like where you are, but here in the UK, we have a lot of unemployed experienced IT workers, a lot of unemployed recent IT graduates, and a strong culture of covert ageism in many industries including IT, a combination of factors which make it incredibly hard for people to change careers - or even just find a new job after being made redundant - in mid-life. Provided you want the job (a very important factor), this sounds like a good opportunity for you to break into a new career, so I'd suggest you make the most of it.
Of course, if you don't want the job, then you need to work out your own strategy for finding the job you really want, but at least this offer should give you confidence that you have the skills and experience to get your foot on the first rung of a new ladder.