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The openings in the IT Industry have increased exponentially in the past four years. The downfall caused after 9/11 is no more and IT industry business is back to its best with the increasing global IT power. With this as the backdrop, the IT guru's of India have projected that at least 10 million IT engineers are needed in India by 2008. This huge requirement is a challenge which can be achieved if the current generation in the school / college takes up Computer science as their choice of career which can enrich their lives as well as meet the
demands of the industry.
Most recent surveys as well as the market trends have shown that more and more students are opting for a career in IT industry based on the facts of Global acceptance and fat pay packages.
This is the first part in the series of careers in IT Industry which gives details of different courses, personality requirements as well as the factors which need to be considered before joining any course. The main focus is on sharing information about different levels of IT education (the basic levels)
Courses in Computer Science
To become a software engineer / programmer, one needs to acquire requisite educational qualifications. There are many who have good computer skills but lack necessary educational qualification. Here listed below are different courses which are the basic building blocks for a good job in IT industry as well as higher education.
Diploma Courses (polytechnic)
1. Dip. in Computer Science
2. Dip. in Information Science
3. Dip. in Computer Applications (DCA)
Eligibility: Pass in 10th / 12th Std. (Good score for good college)
Advantage: This gives all the fundamentals of computer languages and applications. The curriculum is quite vast and makes students understand concepts more practically and is the shortest path to get a good software job. But one needs to take up graduation for career advancement.
1. BE / B.Tech (Comp. Science, Info. Science, Info Tech)
2. BSc (CS, IT, IS)
Eligibility: Pass in 12th Std. with (PCM) and good score in Entrance Test.
Advantage : It fulfills the basic educational qualification for a good job in IT industry. A BE / B Tech is the right springboard to launch into a very good IT career. The qualification BE/ BTech — with good academic marks can fetch lucrative offers in software industry.
1. ME / M Tech
3. MSc (CS, IT)
4. PGDIT, PGDCA, etc.
Eligibility : Graduation and good score in Entrance Test. (All India / regional / etc..)
Advantage : PG courses like MCA have become the most sought educational qualification in many IT firms. Other PG's like ME / MSc / M.Tech give more opportunities at senior levels in the Industry.
The Department of Electronics Accreditation of Computer Courses - DOEACC society, instituted to impart the latest theoretical and practical training in IT has been a huge success with more than 180 centers in India. Its an autonomous body which has different courses which are more standard and knowledge oriented compared with other IT courses in colleges and Universities.
1. O level - Foundation course : equal to Diploma course.
2. A level - Advanced diploma : equal to Bachelor's degree.
3. B level - equal to MCA degree.
4. C level - equal to M.Tech.
Students need to register themselves with the DOEACC society for any one level at a time all along the year. There after, one has to take up the examinations held in January and July every year. After completion of courses from DOEACC one can find ample opportunities in the IT industry. For more details log on to www.doeacc.org.in
Is a course in Computer science must for a job in IT industry ?
No, most of the software companies also prefer UG / PG from other branches like Electronics, Telecommunication, Electrical, Instrumentation, etc.. But the students of these course should take up computer courses at reputed institutes to learn good programming languages, web applications and designing skills.
Any other courses ?
Yes, there are a plenty of other courses catering to different domains of IT industry like web development, system applications, advanced computing, software management, embedded systems, chip designing, database management, mainframe
These courses are offered to increase the employability of candidates and making them specialist which can lead to a great career path. But all these come after completion of any of the Diploma or UG or PG courses from recognized universities.
Important factors to consider before selecting a course / college / Institute
1. Is the course recognized by AICTE ?
Today many computer courses have come up with different names so one must make sure that it's a valid course recognized by the university / AICTE as well as the employers.
2. Does the college / computer center have enough facilities?
Many colleges lack basic infrastructure like computers, internet, softwares, course material, lab support, competent faculties, etc. Hence a visit must be made before actually joining. The ex-students of the college must be consulted who can give an insight about their college.
3. Are there campus programs?
The best opportunity and the easiest one for any IT aspirant is a placement through the campus selection. Make sure the college you join has a good placement cell and works in collaboration with other universities and companies.
4. After the course, what next ?
Before selecting any course, kindly enquire about the road map you might have to follow after its completion. A job or higher studies or …. . This is again a major reason why many candidates find themselves confused even after doing a good course. You must keep all options open and work for the best one.
5. Meet IT experts
There are many IT experts / counselors who can give the statistics as on date, let you know the increasing avenues and help you to select a good course. Make sure you meet them before you take up any course.
6. Preparing for Aptitude Tests, GD's and Interviews.
After the completion of the course, every person has to go through an Aptitude Test, Technical test, Group Discussion, HR Interview, Technical Interview , etc. The preparation for this must be done right from the day you join the course as 85% of your job prospects depend on your performance in these areas.
The author is a Career Counsellor, working with M.S.W - Career Guidance and Information, Bangalore
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