Call for ICT ca­reer guid­ance

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Cool Academic - 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; dzid­zoin­ www. dzid­zoin­

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