Good prospects in IT
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.