Earn your living with IT

2016-03-02 06:00

SO, you want to study and you love computers? Is this how you want to earn your living?

Boston City Campus & Business College has always stayed in touch with the industry, creating graduates that are work-ready. 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. Skill in JavaScript is associated with the high pay for this job.

Mark Cohen is the CTO of Domain Group, an international IT professional and former lecturer at Boston. He explains what system developers do. “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 9 to 5 working 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. Says Cohen: “You know those apps you are always downloading? Wouldn’t it be great to make your own? 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 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, software, database or web programmers, engineers or developers. You also need to look in various industries.

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. So you will need some people skills”.

What can you get from the diploma in Network Systems offered by Boston?

Cohen explains: “Network computer systems administrators take care of, install, and organise the network’s local area networks, wide area networks and intranets, as well as support an organisation’s computer systems and other data communication systems.

“You need to be active, you need to have energy, and you need to be a great problem solver.”

Boston has been recognised by CompTia (USA) as the top training and certification partner.

A network systems administrator oversees 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 skills such as critical thinking, reading and comprehension, complex problem solving and systems evaluation.

Registrations close on Saturday, 5 March. Contact us on 011-447-5700 or e-mail bbcbloemfontein@boston.co.za or visit our website www.boston.co.za

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