There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the way to make the most out of studying a career in I.T.
When we visit schools telling people about our college (who graduates and places a fair amount of awesome and successful students, by the way), we often see a gap in the knowledge in terms of what international certifications even are. Students only seem to know that, once Matric is done with, I must get either a Certificate, Diploma or Degree, and then after the stipulated number of study years, I get to wear the black flowing robe of power and don the square-topped hat of glory to the ceremony of success, where I will receive my roll of parchment that will forever be testament to the years of studying, that marks the day in my life that I finally get to shut the textbooks for good.. OK so that’s slightly dramatic, but you get the just of it.
Is that Graduation Day really the end? The answer for the serious I.T guru is NAH.
Think about it. How often is a new technology released? Windows skipped from 8 to 10 in what seemed like the blink of my eyes. Could be because Windows 8 was not a public favorite, but still! (no Windows 9, ’cause 7 ate 9 HA!).
My point is, your studying probably won’t end at Graduation. The company you work for is allocated funding every year to spend on training you up on the latest available technologies, which are aimed to make businesses run more efficiently, automate procedures that were previously tedious tasks, and so on and so forth. That means that you will probably end up doing the certifications, or at least the training, at some stage of your career anyway!
So.. what does this mean for you when you’re choosing a place to study? Let’s break it down for you.
What Qualifications give you:
- Basic skills, and the standard textbook execution thereof.
- Some practical experience, but very often these are also at a basic level.
- At the end, an endorsement that you were able to stick to and pass a whole qualification, with the pass mar being around the 40% mark.
What International Certifications give you:
- More advanced skills, specific to certain commonly used products, services and software.
- Simulation exercises to simulate real world activities on the latest available services and softwares. These are very practical.
- A much higher pass mark, producing graduates with more skills, an endorsement that you can do some serious stuff.
- The opportunity to be considered of equal status anywhere in the world.
The combination of both of the above is the ideal profile for a candidate entering the working world. Recognition for your hard work will be rewarded to you anywhere in the world with these assets on your CV. No longer will we be damned by the idea that the South African Education Systems can’t produce intellectual legends. No longer will our qualifications alone be considered third world. Empower yourselves, and get a qualification that meets all the requirements!