When you account for the high rate of educated employees – over 70% of the IT industry is tertiary level educated – you start to understand the need for discerning yourself from the crowd.
One of the most surefire ways to keep up your job prospects is to formalise your skills and qualifications. Having your knowledge and know-how accredited and officially recognised is like having a seal of approval for your capabilities. While being able to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk is always great, carrying this extra feather in your cap is what will differentiate you from the next candidate. And it doesn’t just have to bolster your next job application, a formal qualification recognising your skillset may be what’s missing and holding you back from getting that promotion or the opportunity to take on more responsibility in your current role.
And with IT related positions in Australia set to increase drastically in the years to 2020, it’s never been more important to mark yourself differently.
Plus when you consider that up to 40% of Australian jobs are likely to be automated in the next decade, future proofing yourself from replacement or redundancy is crucial.
Consulting an education provider like Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Upskilled is a good start to ensuring your competencies and career goals are aligned. If you’re already along the road with your career then you might find you’ll be able reduce time from your course through recognition of prior learning (RPL) while still gaining that formal qualification and certification.
This is a good opportunity to take stock of what you know and revise what you might’ve forgotten.
If you are planning to undertake a qualification, it also pays to do your research around what other course material is covered. Someone like Upskilled will include vendor certification training within their course structure so you’re ready to sit those external exams as well. Having those vendor certifications like CompTIA, Cisco and Microsoft only further strengthens your profile.
With the Australian government predicting an increased demand in the areas of ICT Management and Software/Application Programmers, students would be well advised to undertake courses in those areas or obtain qualifications that cover units of competency that target those skills areas.
Undertaking qualifications like the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Strategic Management or the Diploma of Software Development would be wise moves to make in the current climate of the industry and job market. And what’s more, they both offer transferable skills in the broader scheme of things in IT.
Management and development skills coupled with deeper technical ability is what employers are really seeking – a real jack-of-all-trades type.
While we might not exactly have a crystal ball for seeing into the future of the IT industry in Australia, we can look at the data available and predict what might be instore for us.
Here you’ll find a comprehensive collation of what future of IT and Business Careers in Australia could entail, where the opportunities will lie and how you’ll best make the most of those chances to get ahead.
So, what’s your next move?
Upskilled is a leading Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers a huge range of vocational qualifications and short courses online to working professionals and job seekers. As one of the largest RTOs in Australia, we deliver industry standard qualifications in a variety of disciplines that are nationally recognised and included in a number of articulate agreements with Universities around Australia.