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Many German companies face the issue of a so-called shortage of skilled workers. Especially in the IT industry, qualified employees are wanted, although new job profiles and opportunities have emerged. Fresh approaches to recruitment and training are needed to fill these positions. Career changers and newcomers can be part of the solution but are often not considered due to lack of time and/or cost. Yet, they bring a broader applicant pool and diversity to the company which both has its advantages.

Entering the IT industry as a newcomer or so-called career changer can be challenging, especially since official degrees and work experience are often expected. However, there are several ways how those interested can increase their chances of successfully entering the IT industry.

One way newcomers can demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the IT industry is by earning certifications. Certifications are specialized qualifications issued by recognized organizations and often focus on specific skills and knowledge in the IT industry. Examples of such certifications include the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications or the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Obtaining such certifications can show employers that the newcomers have relevant skills and knowledge and are motivated to work in the IT field.

Another way for career changers to gain practical experience in the IT industry is to participate in internships. Internships offer an opportunity to apply skills in the actual work environment and help gain valuable experiences which are valued by employers. Many IT companies offer internships for career changers, especially for positions as IT support or software development.

Bootcamps are intensive training programs that aim to quickly bring career changers up to speed in specific IT skills. They often focus on specific areas such as web development, data analytics, or cybersecurity. Another advantage is they often take up only a few weeks or months. They offer newcomers a quick and intensive way to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience.

In summary, certificates, internships, and bootcamps provide valuable opportunities for career changers in the IT industry to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and gain hands-on experience. These paths can help them increase their chances of successfully entering the IT industry and show employers that they are motivated and ready to succeed in the field.