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Running the Formal Track
There are many routes you can take to gain knowledge and skills in IT. You could opt for short-courses, or ask a friend to mentor you. You could also just try figuring it all out yourself. Many professionals have become successful through various of these.
However, there are a few distinct plus points for the formal route of obtaining a degree. Here are some of the main advantages and benefits that come along with a formal education, or else degree, in IT.
In general, IT graduates don’t struggle to find work in the industry after graduation. Oftentimes, recruiters visit universities to talk to the IT and Computer Science students and conduct interviews for future positions in their companies.
Stuart Bourhill, an Evolve IT developer based in Joburg, states,
“In IT, finding employment straight after graduation is easy – comically easy.”
The starting salary for South African IT graduates is much higher than in many other fields. In general, it starts out at R 20 000 per month.
Thorough Theoretical Knowledge
Though short-courses may give you a great kick-start, a degree will equip you with a lot more knowledge about theory – this will give you a greater understanding of how computers fundamentally work.
In addition, degrees draw on other disciplines such as Maths, Physics, and sometimes even Philosophy, giving you a much broader field of awareness for the greater computer world.
A degree in IT equips you with a much wider range of skills, and you can choose to specialize in or more as you go on and start your career. A wide range of skills promises a wide range of opportunities.
For example, you could look into focusing on building web applications, working for small or big corporate companies, go into research or design, or pursue teaching.
Have a look at this article that highlights why education is in fact very important.
Coding at We Think Code
We Think Code is a tech institution in Johannesburg which offers aspiring software engineers (programmers) an opportunity to study for FREE. Instead of funding its operations through fees on the student, We Think Code finds corporate sponsors looking for future software geniuses.
Examples of careers for coders include:
The innovative tertiary institution uses peer-to-peer learning, which means no teachers and no classes. We Think Code offers an MICT SETA qualification which is an NQF level 5 certification. During your two-year learning experience at We Think Code, you will be taught to how to use coding as a problem-solving tool. The institution also believes in giving individuals access to real-world experiences through internships and, therefore, providing a pathway to employment.
Keen to find out more? Take a look at this video on how to #ReCodeYourFutrure by We Think Code students.
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