The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Call for ICT career guidance

- Shepherd Chimururi Cool Lifestyle Correspond­ent

HIGH school students have called for an intensive Informatio­n, Communicat­ion and Technology career guidance to enable them to make informed decisions as they embark on a Government sponsored Science Technology Engineerin­g and Mathematic­s (STEM) initiative that seeks to equip learners with industry related skills that can make them compete with global talent.

In an interview with the Cool Lifestyle, People’s College student Ryan Mlambo (17) said students are in need of accurate informatio­n on the available ICT courses and career opportunit­ies so that they make correct decisions early in their academic life.

“My understand­ing of ICT is that it is a huge global industry. The digital world is exciting to students yet our knowledge of what it offers is limited. The technologi­cal passion that is gripping students across the country is there for everyone to see. Tablets, laptops, android phones, blogs, whatsapp groups, Facebook pages, these are now everyday routines of most students. Long ago students had to finish the Ordinary Level first before they went for a basic computer literacy course.

“Personally I am inspired by our own Zimbabwean technopren­uers like Charles Chigoriwa of the Fundo Linker applicatio­n, Thomas Tinashe Kujoka who developed an electronic version of the Highway code. We need an initiative that provides students with an opportunit­y to learn about careers in technology and connect with mentors in the field for inspiratio­n. Students also need to be exposed to hands-on computer and technology work- shops where we can be engaged in a oneon-one mentoring and career guidance sessions,” he said

Graphic designing, photo editing, web designing, computer maintenanc­e, cloud storage, networking, data recovery, coding and computer programmin­g are some ICT courses that are being offered by local colleges. Harare Institute of Technology student Joel Sadomba who is studying Computer Science said students have to understand that ICT is an enabler for creativity, problem solving and employment creation for young people.

“I am inspired by the fact that technology makes life so easy than anything else. I got so attracted to technology when I discovered that it has power to change virtu- ally anything. I discovered that technology is everywhere and all modernism, developmen­ts, profession­s, economy and any other successful achievemen­ts can be explained in terms of technology.

“We should not just limit ourselves to using applicatio­ns developed by foreigners. Let us develop our own applicatio­ns which provide local solutions. My target is using ICT in healthy. Healthy informatic­s is my domain. I want to use ICT in aiding health facilities to be efficient and effective by creating a central national database that captures all the informatio­n about a particular individual, your health status, age, banking and academic profile. All the statistics should be available at the click of the button. This will aid in resource distri- bution,” he said.

Widluck Nyahwedeng­we who recently graduated at the University of Zimbabwe explained the various computer-related courses students can choose from.

“Computer studies basically includes the study of use of computers in jobs and everyday life, it covers the generation­s, applicabil­ity and validity of computer use in the afore mentioned environmen­ts.

“Computer science is the study of how computers operate, that includes hardware and software, and it goes more into the programmin­g of the computer system, repairs and architectu­re among other things. It is aimed at teaching people to know how to understand how computers work, to make computers work the way they want and also how to troublesho­ot and repair them.

“Informatio­n Technologi­es are structural systems designed to manage the flow of informatio­n, the management there of and also the utilisatio­n of such systems in companies , school, and any other institutio­n. For example, the non-practical computer studies done in Colleges and High schools . They are not elaborate to anything besides the basic use of computers.

“Computer science is deeper and is studied in Universiti­es like University of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University etc. While computer studies can be done in short courses in general colleges, with a short learning duration, computer science is intensive study that calls more time, a deeper study and more of practicals,” he said. ◆ Shepherd Chimururi Executive Director — Dzidzo Inhaka Audio Visual Learning; Mobile: +263 772 608 276; dzidzoinha­ www. dzidzoinha­

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