Good prospects in IT

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

IS In­for­ma­tion Technology ( IT) still worth learn­ing? This ques­tion has been asked around quite a bit, es­pe­cially by par­ents con­cern with em­ploy­ment prospects of their chil­dren.

They worry that there are too many IT grad­u­ates in the mar­ket, since IT has been a pop­u­lar course for many years.

The an­swer is not just “Yes, IT grad­u­ates are still valu­able to in­dus­tries and full of op­por­tu­ni­ties”, but also “IT grad­u­ates are the key group of peo­ple to fa­cil­i­tate Malaysian in­dus­tries evo­lu­tion into a higher form”.

In fact, cur­rently, IT field is at its best of be­com­ing highly sig­nif­i­cant and com­pelling. Con­sider the fact that Malaysia had more than 88,107 jobs in com­puter sci­encere­lated fields last year with IT grad­u­ates be­ing able to earn more than RM25,000 a month.

This fig­ure is ex­pected to grow in the near fu­ture due to rapid de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

On top of that, start­ing Jan­uary next year, com­pu­ta­tional think­ing and com­puter sci­ence will be in­te­grated into the coun­try’s for­mal school cur­ricu­lum as an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Ab­dul Razak at the launch­ing of # my­dig­i­tal­maker move­ment at Seko­lah Sultan Alam Shah in Precinct 1, Pu­tra­jaya, on Aug 11.

This ef­fort will ben­e­fit ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 mil­lion stu­dents from 10,173 schools na­tion­wide and teach­ers will un­dergo train­ing on how to in­te­grate com­pu­ta­tional think­ing and com­puter sci­ence into their class­rooms.

This new move by the gov­ern­ment re­flects the global phe­nom­e­non, where ev­ery coun­try needs to pro­duce IT ex­perts for fu­ture dig­i­tal econ­omy jobs.

Ex­perts say the earn­ing po­ten­tial of ex­perts has been huge and stu­dents should be en­cour­aged to em­brace dig­i­tal econ­omy and con­sider that as a ca­reer op­por­tu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to MMU pres­i­dent Prof Dr Ah­mad Rafi Mo­hamed Eshaq, ca­reers such as data sci­en­tists, imag­i­neers ( en­gi­neers and mul­ti­me­dia ex­perts), three- di­men­sional game de­sign­ers and user in­ter­face de­sign­ers are just a few of the emerg­ing high- in- de­mand jobs.

“Not only is the job much more ex­cit­ing and lu­cra­tive com­pared to other ca­reers, it is also be­cause IT is a ver­sa­tile tool, and in it re­sides many so­lu­tions to our daily prob­lems,” he added.

To him, the new dig­i­tal age has opened the door to a high­in­come na­tion through ICT and mul­ti­me­dia in­dus­try for the stu­dents. This, per­haps, is the best time for stu­dents to har­ness the growth of ICT in­dus­try in Malaysia, while be­ing part of a re­ward­ing ca­reer that helps boost the coun­try’s econ­omy.

With re­gards to the best uni­ver­sity to pur­sue IT stud­ies, Prof Ah­mad Rafi’s de­ci­sion is clear: “For many years, MMU has been recog­nised as a world- class uni­ver­sity for IT and technology stud­ies,” he said.

Well- versed in ICT and techno­preneur knowl­edge, he said, “The MMU grad­u­ates re­main to be the most sought- af­ter in the ICT in­dus­try whereby more than 97% of them have se­cured job within six months af­ter grad­u­a­tion.”

Prof Ah­mad Rafi noted that Quacquarelli Sy­monds, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that main­tains the World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings and the World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject, named MMU as a Top 200 Uni­ver­sity for Com­puter Sci­ence and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems in 2014.

On March 22, MMU was listed in the top 200 Uni­ver­sity in Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ics En­gi­neer­ing.

To learn more about MMU’s pro­grammes, visit www. mmu. edu. my or call 1300 800 668.

The state- of- the- art fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at mmu will equip the IT grad­u­ates to ex­cel in the fu­ture IT ca­reer.

prof Dr Ah­mad rafi mo­hamed Eshaq said that the new dig­i­tal age has opened the door to a high- in­come na­tion through ICT and mul­ti­me­dia in­dus­try for the stu­dents.

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