February 21, 2018

Why a Career in IT is a Superior Choice

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If you’ve always been a tech wiz and have a passion for the cool computer engineering, you should consider a career in IT, and here’s why.     

Information technology has become the centre of our world in one way or another. What’s more, tech skills are always in demand and you have amazing multiple career opportunities worldwide. If you have an understanding of technicalities in software technology and would like to develop your skills, doing an IT course can sharpen your expertise and transform you into a tech guru. With superior IT skills, you can develop game-changing tech and bring about innovation that the world needs.

There are countless job roles in the IT industry and they are all valuable in business processes. You can use your tech expertise in functions such as computer programming, software developing, app creating, data analyst or IT administrator.

Let’s have a look at the incredible reasons why a career in Information Technology is a worthy choice.

Why choose a Career in Information Technology?

With the tech ability, you can choose from a wide range of computer engineering jobs. These skills that range from basic to high-level allow you to explore job opportunities anywhere in the country and abroad.

You become a tech innovator and work on exciting products, apps and other software projects. You get to develop your problem-solving skills and you use your tech knowledge to provide smart solutions.    

A career in tech engineering has endless perks and it enables you to be prosperous as a specialist. Not only do IT professionals get good salaries, they also enjoy amazing benefits such as bonuses, gym memberships, transportation, medical aids and the list is endless.

As you validate your capability and work as an IT specialist, you are able to negotiate your remuneration to employers and business. This means that there are always opportunities to climb higher in your career.

What does an Information Technology Professional do?  

According to Careers24, these are some of the dominant IT functions that are essential in this field.

Business intelligence and analytics
App developing
Data Management
Cloud computing
Enterprise resource planning
Programming
Digital design

What are some of the Job Roles you can pursue with IT skills and a qualification?

With the trends in technology advancing, there are even more job roles being created all the time in this field. Here are some prominent roles that you can pursue with an IT qualification.

  • Software Engineer
  • Computer System Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Computer Support Specialist

How much do you make as an IT specialist? The technology sector has some of the highest earning professionals due to the calibre of skills that they bring. With a qualification in IT, you can work towards earning a high salary in the various divisions of this industry.

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Which companies can you work for?

You can work for various IT companies and big brands in the sector. You can also freelance as a computer specialist, depending on which path works for you. Either way, you are likely to succeed and build a prosperous life through choosing this occupation.  

IT companies in SA are always on the hunt for IT specialists who have the relevant tech ability to uplift their company. It’s highly unlikely that you would battle to find work once you become qualified in this field. Your work experience will allow you to reach your salary goals. 

You can work for big companies such as Microsoft, Google, Multichoice or Afrihost, to name a few. You could also find yourself working with the bigshots in the industry who have a legacy of ground-breaking IT inventions. This association and work experience can lead up to your own professional success.

The predictions are that there will be an increase in IT jobs by 2020, which makes this a worthy career path.  

 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini  Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

February 20, 2018

ICESA – Bringing out the Superhero in you

By Ashmika Chottu

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it’s Superman! ICESA, one of KZN’s leading private education providers has taken to the street a one-of-a-kind activation featuring our all-time favourite superheroes, who are meeting and greeting the community.

Held on Friday, 16 February at intersections and robots in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, ICESA representatives who were kitted out in costumes which included Superman, Captain American, Spiderman and Flash among others, grabbed the attention of people who asked questions to find out more.

The idea behind this campaign was to highlight to students that there is a superhero within all of us and no one should doubt their capabilities or ignore their passion. Fictitious yet powerfully significant, superheroes are aspirational and create a desire within people to want to do and achieve more.

ICESA therefore felt that this was an apt concept to motivate and inspire students to follow their dreams and choose a career that suits their passion. Another highlight on the programme was the flash mob dancers who took over the taxi ranks with their electric moves, all in the name of entertainment.

Brand manager for ICESA, Tracy Govender said that this activation brought about a great sense of excitement on the street and at taxi ranks as many showed their eagerness to pursue their studies. “It was such a great sight as people walked up to us to find out how they can study to get ahead in life. There is no right age to study. Studying is open to anyone who is passionate about education and willing to work hard to achieve their qualification.”

Many people questioned if studying further would be possible without having obtained a matric certificate, however ICESA has a solution. ICESA has a dedicated matric school that focusses on helping the student achieve their matric certificate as they would in a traditional school classroom. From Grade 10 to 12, ICESA can equip the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to complete their schooling career.

A key benefit of an ICESA matric school graduate is that upon receiving their matric qualification, the campus has many post-matric options available to the student. This helps the student transition seamlessly from high school through to tertiary. Faculties include Management Studies, Computer Studies, Public Relations and Hospitality.

Within these faculties, students can choose between Diploma or Certificate programmes. These include Diplomas in Information Technology, Marketing Management, Accounting, Journalism and Public Relations as well as Certificates in Food Preparation and Cooking, Office Administration and Bookkeeping among many others.

Tracy added, “While helping students follow their passion to getting into their dream profession, ICESA has tried to make the studying experience easy and convenient for students by offering full-time and a part-time basis. Students can then choose to work while they study towards their matric, Diploma or Certificate.”

ICESA City Campus (Pty) Ltd is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, and accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Registration Certificate No: 2000/HE07/001.

If you are keen on following your path to your dream career, visit www.icesa.co.za to find a course that suits you.

February 07, 2018

Rewrite your Future in 2018

By Ashmika Chottu

This year the tenth cohort of National Senior Certificate pupils received their matric results, displaying a 0.3% increase in pass rate from last year’s 76.2% and making it the third highest overall results from 2008.

According to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, 802,431 pupils registered to write the 2017 NSC examinations, however only 651,707 pupils wrote. Of this total, which includes both full-time and part-time learners, only 76.5% of pupils passed their examinations.

Many of these pupils already know the exact career path that they want to pursue, while there is a fair percentage that is still making the big life-changing decision of whether studying or working will be the better option.

This leaves the remaining 23.8% of pupils who are probably looking to remark, rewrite or redo their matric examination papers. Fortunately, for these students, there is a second option. Private educational institutions provide students with the option to achieve their National Senior Certificate through distance or face-to-face modes of study.

These include institutions such ICESA, INTEC College and Damelin Correspondence College to name a few.

With ICESA for example, the pupil can study on a full-time or part-time basis. The ICESA Matric School provides the pupil with the same physical face-to-face classroom experience, with experienced lecturers to guide the pupil through the process. Only available in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, ICESA Matric School offers pupils the complete National Senior Certificate curriculum with tuition also in Grade 10 and Grade 11 subjects.

For learners who did not pass Grade 12 and wish to rewrite or register for the first time, whilst they work, then institutions such as INTEC College and Damelin Correspondence College provide suitable options. Offering tailored high school packages, students are afforded the opportunity to work whilst studying in a suitable and conducive environment that is at the discretion of the pupil. This could be in the comfort of one’s own home or even at work. Distance learning provides the pupil with the flexibility they need.

Both INTEC College and DCC students have ongoing support from qualified academic professionals as well as quality and simplified study material to use to their advantage.

One of the highlights of pursuing matric through one of these institutions is that upon completion of one’s National Senior Certificate exams, the student is afforded the chance to continue with a post-matric qualification.

This could range from Diplomas, Certificates or Short Courses. Programmes offered by these institutions include Financial Accounting, Education Management, Business Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Fashion Design, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Technology, among others.

With this in mind, pupils who have been unsuccessful should not despair. Despite not being able to complete matric for the first or even second time, there is always another viable option.

For more information on these institutions, visit www.icesa.co.za, www.intec.edu.za or www.dcc.edu.za

February 05, 2018

What Students can do better to Prepare for Tertiary Education

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With tertiary registrations coming to the end it is critical to make the right study choice for the year.

If you intended to study and your application was not successful, you can still explore other study options.

With other private and public education institutions still accepting students wanting to study this year, you can pursue the relevant tertiary education that you need for a prosperous future.

Why Education is Vital to your Future Success 

Education is a crucial part of climbing up the professional ladder and now more than ever, getting an education counts. Whether you looking to study full-time, part-time or through correspondence learning, you can impact your future with the decision to study.

With industries evolving, having expert professionals is becoming a top requirement for employers and organisations. Therefore, investing in your skills and knowledge will give you multiple paths to prosperity. 

If you have been contemplating studying this year, get up and make it happen so that you can reap the rewards of education. Here are some Top Tips for students on how to prepare for a better tertiary enrolment.

The Registration Process

You would think that this should be an easy process, but not every student quite gets the outcome they are hoping for. With registration challenges such as long queues, entry requirements, registration fees etc, there is a lot to consider before students are successful in their application.

This is a tricky time where students can get overwhelmed and even get discouraged from continuing with their tertiary applications. More students need to be enlightened about the challenges they might encounter, so that they can face them head on and not be restricted by limitations.    

Students who are in grade 12 should be equipped with the knowledge and resources that they need for registration the next year. For instance, they need to be aware of the CAO application process and make applications in good time. They need to know about the application process for student funding such as NFSAS or Bursary opportunities.

Apply in more than one Education Institution 

If you are keen on studying, then you should do research on the relevant institutions that you can send your applications to. This will give you more options and there are fewer chances of being disappointed. If you plan to venture into a career path, you should keep an open mind about relocating should you be accepted in institutions that are not in your current city. 

By keeping your educational prospects open, you ensure that you secure placement at a tertiary institution. As you begin your academic year, you will be able to tell if the institution is best for you or if you want to try a different tertiary. You will only be able to know your options once you have more insight on the different institutions and what they offer.  

Have your Documents in Order 

Firstly, you need to know what the tertiary application requirements are to prepare them. For walk-in registrations, we all know that you can stand in a queue and when you have your turn, your process can be prevented by you missing certain documents. So ensure that you have your documentation ready to make this happen:

  • Apply via CAO and get a CAO number   
  • Copy of Results- Grade 11 and Grade 12 results
  • ID Document- certified copy
  • Proof of residence
  • Registration Fees   
  • Have your study choices ready

Alternatively, you can use the option of applying online if it is available.

Make sure the Institution is Accredited 

It is critical to ensure that the institution you want to study with has courses that are accredited by the Department of Higher education. This will help you prevent falling for bogus institutions. Once you are informed about the institution’s credibility, you can apply for the programmes that you want to pursue.  

Students also need to be knowledgeable about available private institutions such as TVET and other colleges where they can pursue high school education or to study further.

Enquire more on the Course Requirements 

It is crucial to know what the course requirements are so that you work to meet them in your matric results. In some instances, you may want to study a course and realise that you don’t qualify and need to do a bridging course first to begin the programme.           

As someone who may already have a qualification, and are looking to pursue a part-time course, you will need to enquire about what the programme offers you. This will allow you to determine which short course would be relevant to study and what value it will add to your career.  

Avoid leaving your registration to the last minute. This will only confuse you and force you to make decisions under pressure.    

If your academic application is accepted for 2018, now is the time to do your best and accomplish your goal.

 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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