The IT sector in Australia is growing rapidly. A recent IBIS report revealed that ICT as we know it – enhanced with high-speed broadband, will become Australia’s most important utility of this century. By 2050, it is expected to generate over $1 trillion in revenue.
Are you suited to a role in IT? Are you good at:
- Logical thinking
- Showing attention to detail
- Mathematics and
- Data manipulation (for programming)?
1. Good money
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics people working in Information Media and Technologies earn on average per week $1672.
2. Constant change
Information Technology is constantly changing, programs are updated, systems changed and new technologies developed. If you don’t like routine IT is for you. Think about it, right now some of the big things in IT are mobile computing, cloud computing, and social networking, none of these things were major considerations ten years ago.
3. High demand
IT is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. New technology is constantly and rapidly being developed to meet user requirements. This means that IT professionals are in high demand.
4. Valued skills
Having a Degree or Diploma in IT adds value. Performing tasks that others can’t, means you are appreciated by people throughout the business you work for. You assist people with support and help them by building solutions to their problems.
5. Varied roles and situations
Working in IT offers you great flexibility; you can work from varied locations and have flexibility of working hours. IT employees can often start earlier or finish later as the focus is about getting the job done. Problems don’t always occur between nine and five.
IT professionals may work as Systems Administrators, Networking, Website Developers, and Software Developers or in a specialised area.
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Technical skills alone will not get you a job. Of course formal education is highly valuable, but the extra advantage of possessing invaluable soft skills helps you stand out from the crowd.
Almost every job advertisement you read will list some soft skills which the position requires from candidates. The soft skill requirements vary between companies as different cultures and individual roles call for individual skill-sets.
The term soft skills refer to your interpersonal skills. What it means to employers are the non-technical aspects of a position. Can someone communicate well, show initiative, work in team, solve problems, manage themselves and plan? They’re important as it makes your work more enjoyable and increases the success of your projects.
Research has indicated that soft-skills are just as important as the technical skills, and people may even be offered a job over another candidate who has stronger technical skills, because their soft-skills were superior.
Do you have a strong work ethic, good communication and time management skills, good problem solving skills, and a positive attitude? Are you a team player, have self-confidence, able to accept criticism, and do you work well under pressure?
Perhaps you have all, perhaps you have some, the good news is that we all can, and should continue to develop our soft skills and continuously learn more.
You can take a course, seek a mentor to guide you and provide advice, read books on the topic (such as, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R Covey), and you can use online resources and train yourself.
All Computer Power students develop their through Computer Power’s Professional Development and Employment Preparation Programs to ensure they are work-ready.
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