When you think of careers in information technology (IT) or computer science, it is very likely that you imagine a hacker working on codes in a dark room. Stereotype portrayal by the media is to be blamed for this but that’s a whole other story. The IT sector is actually huge and comprises many different jobs. Much like in the rest of the world, at this moment in time, Malaysia’s IT industry is a booming industry. The digital shift sped up by the pandemic has led to business owners actively seeking out digital experts to help create a seamless transition into the digital world thus further increasing the demand for those who have expertise in this field. If that was not enough to attract you into considering a career in IT, read on to learn everything you need to know!
1. The pay is generous
One of the biggest perks when working in IT is undoubtedly the pay. It comes as no shock that IT specialists are one of the highest paid professionals in the world. Think of the richest people in the world today, Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), Reed Hastings(CEO of Netflix), and Larry Page (Co-CEO of Google) all share one thing in common, and that’s a background in Information Technology. This is of course not a coincidence. To the unassuming eye there may seem to be a disconnect between starting up in IT and then landing yourself as the CEO of an organisation but that is not true!
2. Unlimited career pathways
As we’ve just covered, the biggest players in the industry today all seem to have a background in IT or more specifically, computer science. In the past CEO’s were most likely those who had a background in business, economics or even accounting but that is not the case as of late. This is probably because of the nature of these big corporations in our world today. They’re all tech moguls. And when the business itself deals with technology it makes more sense to appoint someone with a strong background in it. This is why the career pathway for an IT graduate is almost limitless. You could start off as a programmer or software developer and work your way up the corporate ladder. You are quite unlikely to start and end at the same spot in your career. Choosing a specialization would definitely help set you apart from other IT graduates and give you an edge.
3. It’s not just math and numbers
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about the numbers. Don’t get us wrong you would definitely have to have some mathematical skills but it’s not the be all and end all. We assure you that you do not need to be a math whiz solving logarithms in your sleep to pursue this line. Analytical and problem solving skills are also very much valued and sought after in the field of IT. You would need these skills to complement the mathematical aspect of it all to be truly good at what you do when it comes to IT.
4. The learning never ends
Technology is constantly evolving. From the time you started reading this article till now, there has already been a new discovery in IT. That’s how fast things change in this industry. Therefore, the learning is truly endless. At any age and any point of your career in IT you could easily find new modules to learn and master to upskill. This presents a chance for growth like no other line of work. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, you will continue to be relevant and necessary.
If you are already in the line of IT and are considering specializing in a niche area, you’ve found yourself right where you want to be. InfoTrek is an award-winning IT training solution provider in Asia Pacific 2021 with many formidable partnerships with the likes of Microsoft and ORACLE. Therefore, if you have yet to pursue a career in IT and want to make that leap, we are here to tell you that you can! For some roles that require specific skills a certification on top of your existing degree would suffice. You would be able to find a course that suits your necessity with us at infoTrek.
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