Advance your career with IT studies

2016-01-27 06:00

SO, you want to study and you love computers? Boston City Campus and Business College had always been in touch with industry and prepare graduates that are work-ready Z persons who can meaningfully contribute to the company they work for.

Two Information Technology (IT) diplomas are on offer – both accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). These diplomas will ensure that you can indulge your passion and find your dream job in a well-paying industry.

A systems developer earns an average salary of R265 131 per year in South Africa. (A skill in JavaScript is associated with the high salary for this job.)

Mark Cohen is the chief technology officer (CTO) of Domain Group, an international IT professional and former lecturer at Boston. He explains what systems developers do in the company: “Systems developers create, maintain, audit and improve systems to meet the needs of the company. They test both hardware and software systems and diagnose and resolve system faults. It is a pressurised job that often strays beyond the average 9Z5 day.

Developers also create diagnostic programs, and design and write codes for business systems.”

Depending on the type of organisation, developers can become either systems or applications specialists. Cohen says: “You know those apps you are always downloading? Wouldn’t it be great to make your own? There is no challenge that my team can’t face. Almost any problem or need can be solved by creating an app.”

Systems developers’ jobs are generally of a highly complex and technical nature, and it requires talent for computer science and mathematics. Cohen continues, warning that IT is not a study-once career: “All IT positions are constantly evolving, due to technological advances. If you select IT as your career you must be prepared for lifelong learning.”

Says Cohen: “While programming itself does not require people skills, your role may require you to communicate with teams and managers, as well as clients.”

Given this overview of systems development – what can you get from the Diploma in Network Systems offered by Boston?

Cohen explains that “network computer systems administrators take care of, install, and organise the network’s local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and intranets, as well as support an organisation’s computer systems and other data communication systems.”

Boston has been recognised by CompTia USA as the top training and certification partner, being the largest certification partner in Africa, the third largest global certification partner and CAPP partner of the year (all 2015). With Boston, there are always courses available to update or upgrade your skills.

You will need knowledge of mathematics, computers and electronics, administration and management as well as the English language.

You will also need essential skills such as critical thinking, reading and comprehension, complex problem solving and systems evaluation. To acquire all the above mentioned knowledge and skills, an accredited IT diploma from Boston will set you on the path to becoming the boss.

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