Demand for IT skills flows to where technology grows
|Issued by: Boston City Campus|
[Johannesburg, 7 September 2016]
The demand for qualified ICT professionals hasn't slowed down. It may have moved slightly from one area of specialisation to another, but overall, it seems to remain constant globally, says Ian Becker of Boston City Campus & Business College, an award-winning private higher education institution, which has been delivering quality education for over 25 years at its 40-plus support centres nationwide.
"In my experience, students who complete their IT training find jobs and promotions without much difficulty," he comments. "The main thing is that the training has to be accredited, internationally recognised, up to date, and include theoretical as well as practical components."
He points out that as technology evolves, the demand for skills alters accordingly; it flows to where technology grows.
"Big focus areas in South Africa at present are VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol), cloud computing and fibre-optic roll-out to consumers and small businesses, so it follows that those who have expertise in these areas will find loads of work opportunities," he explains. "It's actually very exciting because we are seeing a growing demand for combining telecoms skills with pure IT skills. As a college, we liaise regularly with IT companies to ensure that the skills we are providing meet the growing needs of the industry. Following discussion with industry managers and professionals, we adapt our curriculum accordingly; for example, we added a telecoms module to our network systems course in the third year curriculum."
The Boston diploma in network systems is on NQF level 6 and focuses on network systems and project management. It includes a strong practical training component to ensure instant work readiness for graduates.
"It's a great diploma to have, and students who complete it successfully are able to develop and maintain network and telecommunications systems," says Becker.
Systems development is another field of IT that offers good prospects for those with good qualifications and experience. Boston offers a diploma in systems development, which is also on NQF level 6. This diploma focuses on systems management, analysis and design, and includes modules on project management as well as software testing.
Students who enrol for these diplomas – network systems as well as systems development – may sit for their international CompTIA (the global IT industry association) exams at Boston and obtain international industry certification. Boston City Campus & Business College is accredited to offer CompTIA certifications such as the CompTIA A+, Network+, Server+ and Security+ among others. The college has the highest pass rate of all CompTIA testing centres across Africa and has been rated best tuition centre in Africa, and third globally by CompTIA.
"International certification is advisable as it opens more work opportunities," Becker points out. "You can either go overseas to work or you can work from home for an international company – the point is that you have more career choices with an internationally recognised IT qualification."
If you're not sure what IT training or course to pursue, the best is to chat to one of Boston's student advisors. Such advisors can help you choose the qualification that suits your career aspirations as well as your abilities and personality. At Boston, you also have the option to enrol as an occasional student for a single module, to upgrade a specific skill such as IT project.
"We also cater for working professionals who only need to update their skills slightly; we recognise that IT is a lifelong learning career and encourage professionals to stay up to date with the latest developments," says Becker.
For more information on the various IT courses available, the entry requirements and application deadlines, phone or visit the Boston campus nearest to you.
A wide range of study opportunities are available and you can select from a degree, various diploma and higher certificates, or short learning programmes in IT, management, HR, accounting, marketing and more.