How to become a head of IT (IT director)
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can start by doing a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:
- information systems
- project management
- business management
You'd then apply to join a graduate training scheme with a company to get the experience and skills required to manage IT projects at senior level.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to become a head of IT by doing a senior leader postgraduate degree apprenticeship.
You'll normally already be working at a senior management level to do this.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You can apply directly for jobs. You'll usually need at least 2 years' experience of working at senior management level in IT. You may also need further qualifications or certification with a professional body.
You'll find more on careers in computing through The Chartered Institute for IT.