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Matriculants to capitalise on ICT skills shortage

Globally, CIOs and recruitment agencies are seriously concerned about the impending skills shortages in the ICT sector. In South Africa, these same concerns are being echoed and hopefully the thousands of matriculants will capitalise on this opportunity.

GetCertified managing director Arnold Graaff says there is a huge demand for software developers and forecasts predict a growth in demand for especially Web developers. “Employers are not only impressed by course certificates – they also want to see that you can solve a business problem with your skills – and they want to see how you do it.”

“You will be surprised at how many students come here and complain about the big brand colleges that charge astronomical fees and offer no project assistance to their students. After completing a year of studying, they feel like they have nothing to show and they have no confidence either,” he explains.

GetCertified offers a weekly open support evening, at no extra cost to its students, where they can ask questions about their specific course and project. Furthermore, GetCertified is part of a Group of companies that also owns a recruitment agency, Compuways. Unlike other training companies, GetCertified strives to find a job for all its unemployed students.

“We encourage students to follow our methodology which results in an international certification and a proper project to show to potential employers. Our mission is to assist students to pass their international exams. We achieve this by delivering our courses with a strong practical flair, instead of focusing only on exam questions and answers,” says Graaff.

He says the benefit of practicality is twofold, the student can immediately use these practical skills in the workplace and secondly, they can prepare easier for exams. “Many unemployed people come to us to better themselves for the job market and we have successfully placed many such at our clients from our recruitment company Compuways.”

“No knowledge of programming or not sure what steps to follow or the cost thereof. Firstly, a bare necessity is a matric certificate with at least a pass in mathematics. We always recommend you should do an aptitude test like the one on and send us the results.”

GetCertified recommends that complete beginners should start at the ‘Complete Introduction to Programming’, this can be done over 5 days full-time. Alternatively, one can do part-time training courses which run over five Saturdays (6 hour sessions) or two nights per week five weeks (3 hour evening classes) because there is more time to take the knowledge in and process it with exercises.

The budget to do at least four courses to get to the international certificate level is about R8 000 per course, but five or six courses are even better and recommended. The duration is 5-6 weeks per course.

Graaff says practical skills and abilities are critical. “First of all a programmer needs to know his tools. If you know the building blocks and tools, you can proceed to build the house. We teach you the theory and how to apply it during our courses. We also teach you how to approach and solve a business problem using these tools and skills.”

After the second course, students must hand in a practical project to demonstrate their abilities in knowing the tools and ability to design and build the house. GetCertified issue two certificates – an attendance certificate as well as a practical certificate.

“Training always gave me satisfaction. I love empowering people – there is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone’s eyes light up when mastering a new skill. Trainers need to be technically capable, patient, observant and passionate about their subject, like me.”

“These are the characteristics I look for when I employ lecturers. All our lecturers have a tertiary qualification in IT and a successful track record in lecturing. Although many students’ main aim is to just get international certification, employers realise that alone it is not enough to be employed. The best way to understand a certification question is to practise everything as far as possible practically. This is why we try to include as much as possible practical exercises and projects in our courses. We do not want to deliver graduates that can pass an international exam and is not sure how to put things into practise,” he concludes.

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Press Articles September 2011

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Success Guidelines in an IT Professional’s Career

What makes an IT Professional stand out above his peers? We have compliled this list from interviewing thousands of IT Professionals over the last 20 years. We would like to invite you to add to this list from your own experiences by commenting on our blog.

1. Be solution-oriented

Look at every task you are given as a product / service delivered by you being the company. Every product has a customer / user that needs to use this and benefit from it. Rather than looking at a job just as a means to an end and being there in working hours. This might require of you to work longer hours than usual at times. Linked to this, every product or service has to be delivered in a reasonable time frame. This definitely also does not mean you have to be a workaholic to be successful, one should live a balanced life so I suggest you should always ensure that you also have enough rest, even if it is between projects delivered.

2. Keep your skills updated

“School is never out for the true professional”. This is especially applicable for IT as we have continuously evolving technologies in the IT industry, it is so easy to fall behind. This is also one of the reasons why we have a skills shortage in our industry.

“Rack up those certifications”. It is just a fact that employers take IT Certifications seriously. Certified candidates earn higher salaries and are preferred in job interviews. Keep the certifications relevant to your job, updated. (We have a training school in our group – to assist with that : see ) .

3. Build relationships.

People are more important than technology, so do not neglect building friendships along the way in your IT career. It is not alone “what you know” – it is also “who you know”. Colleagues, bosses, customers / end-users fall into this category. Make sure that while you are delivering the best solutions possible, you are also build strong friendships and remember we are all part of the human race.

4. Specialisation vs. generalisation

Your goal should be to be a specialist in your field, but you should not neglect the basics of a generalist. While being the top guru in your field, do not rely on other people to clean up the basics. For example while being a top Software Developer, it can be very positive to know how to fix your PC (and those of you users in times of need). An end – user looks up to an IT Professional as someone who knows everything.

5. Take responsibility

When choosing tasks on a new project, look at the core skills that will make the project successful. This is not always being a project leader, often a key member in a team plays a critical role when it comes to keeping the customer / users happy. Keep adding happy customers to your list and CV, it will add to you your success.

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