SO, you want to study, and love computers? Well, 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. Yes, we know you can’t 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 has always been staying in touch with industry and creating graduates that are work-ready - persons who can contribute meaningfully to the company they work for.
Mark Cohen is the 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 9am to 5pm day. Developers will also create diagnostic programs, and design and write code for business systems. My team works incredibly hard.”
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 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.”
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/ 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 persons 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 (U.S.) 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). Therefore, with Boston, there are always courses available to update or upgrade your skills.
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 essential skills such as critical thinking, reading and comprehension, complex problem solving and systems evaluation. And 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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