November 12th, 2012
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Many professions have specific requirements those wishing to enter them must adhere to. However when it comes to information technology careers, the requirements are a little murkier.
This isn’t a bad thing though, because while you can study for degrees in computer science and other areas, you can equally make tracks into this rewarding profession with the minimum of formal IT training / education in the area.
Let’s find out more about IT training now, so you can gauge how to plan your future in this area.
Do you really need training to become an IT worker?
If you take a look at some of the jobs available in this field, you will see there is a big difference between the amount of experience and qualifications asked for in each case. Of course, the more complex the role is, the more likely it is you will need a degree or more experience.
However even in the case of learning programming skills, some courses take a matter of months to complete rather than years. Since there are so many skills that can be used in IT, each individual one can be learned separately. So while a degree course would be an advantage, being short of one is not a barrier to entry (depending on the role you want to go for).
It is worth noting though that some IT jobs in South Africa are filled by people who, despite having some knowledge of the role, are not as fully qualified as the employers would like. So, if you are prepared to get as much training as possible, you stand an even better chance of finding good employment.
It Training – Can you study from home?
Yes, some courses are available as home study courses, and some are based on the internet. This can be the best way to approach a new career in the industry if you have an existing career that does not give you time to study at a college.
It can also enable you to get the IT training you need and to fit it in as and when you can. This might enable you to change careers sooner than you’d be able to otherwise.
How long do most training courses take?
Despite the in depth nature of information technology, the length of most training programs is quite short compared to the amount of training required for many other careers. This is good news for you as it means you can make inroads into this career sooner than you may think.
The industry in South Africa is also growing very quickly indeed, and companies are desperate for experienced and qualified IT professionals who live locally and are reliable. Once you are in the front door you can gain further experience and still study for further qualifications if you wish. Both aspects will propel you up the IT career ladder faster than you may expect, thanks to the positive nature of the South African IT world. With so many opportunities to grasp, this could be a rewarding career in more ways than one.