May 16, 2013

Careers advice - IT job working from home - best qualifications

I graduated in BSc Computer Science in July 2005 (result: pass) in London. I have ten good GCSE's and got a Grade A in GCSE IT. Since then I have worked as a Document Controller (non-IT job). I would like to move jobs and get an IT job working from home. Can anyone suggest the best professional IT courses out there that would help me find a job working from home and which area of IT that I am most likely to find employment working from home. I was thinking of doing CCNA or ISEB Software Testing but I have no idea which area would help me find a permemant work from home job in IT.

It will be hard probably to find a telecommuting job right out of the gate. You're probably better off working in an office environment, then seeing if the company will let you telecommute once you've proven yourself.

I may be wrong though, it's possible you could find a company that would let you do it right away. Good luck, I hope you are successful.

I think its going to be pretty hard to find a decent starting position that allows you to work from home, especially without relevant work experience. I'm in the US, so I am not really familiar with the general attitude of businesses in the UK when it comes to telecommuting. Still, I think it would probably be easier to establish yourself with a company that embraces telecommuting/remote workers, then explore the option. You can also explore being an independent subcontractor, but that can be very uneven work.


Working from home can be quite challenging, in my experience. It can be very easy to have a nice long cup of coffee and then have another, then take a break, then have lunch, then watch the news, then play with the cat, then realize it is 4 p.m. and you have gotten exactly nothing done. As much as I liked the freedom, I found that I was not well suited to an unstructured work environment. I suggest that you honestly assess whether it would be a good fit for you before putting too much effort into it.  Good luck if you do seriously pursue it!

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