Diploma in IT unlocks possibilities

2016-02-10 06:00

SO, you want to study, and love computers?

Most people love computers – it has become our way of communicating, shopping, studying, and entertaining ourselves and others.

Computers are not just found on our desks – our tablets and phones perform the same functions.

You cannot get through one hour without checking out that lit screen, but is this how you want to earn your living?

Boston City Campus & Business College stet met ampersant has always been staying in touch with industry and creating graduates that are work-ready: people who can contribute meaningfully 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 pay for this job.)

Mark Cohen is the chief technology officer (CTO) of the Domain Group, an international IT professional, and a 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,” says Cohen.

“They test both hardware and software systems and diagnose and resolve system faults.

“It is a high-pressure job that often strays beyond the average 09:00 to 17:00 day.

“Developers will also create diagnostic programs, and design and write code for business systems.”

Depending on the type of organisation, developers can become either systems or applications specialists.

“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 can be solved or need addressed 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 warns 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.”

Job titles in IT are not standardised, so when you are doing your research on which jobs are available, you need to search for various opportunities including systems or software or database or web programmers, engineers or developers.

You also need to look in various industries.

Media is an example of an industry with a large demand for people with IT skills.

“While programming itself does not require people skills, your role may require you to communicate with teams and managers, as well as clients. So you will need some people skills.”

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

“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.

“It is a far more hands-on job, so to speak. You need to be active, you need to have energy, and you need to be a great problem solver.

“As with all IT positions, it is vital to remain current, because IT changes rapidly.”

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, as well as CAPP partner of the year (all 2015).

Therefore, with Boston, there are always courses available to update or upgrade your skills.

Network systems administrators oversee an organisation’s mobile, server and desktop equipment.

They discuss the organisation’s needs in computer and network systems and then install it: both hardware and software.

They also manage the security of the systems, protect against viruses and secure the data storage.

They ensure employees remain connected to the organisation’s central computer network. Telecommunications networks, such as Telkom or Cell C, are sometimes managed by network system administrators.

In order to work in networking or in programming and development, 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.

Call Boston Bloemfontein on 051-447-5700, or send email to bbcbloemfontein@boston.co.za.

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