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The Cost vs. Value of Pursuing a Postgraduate Degree in Information Technology

  • 2 mths ago

Information technology is a unique industry in that both education and experience are of comparable value. To find success in this field you have several different paths you can take to land you a top-paying job. Building up your resume with experience means that future employers have evidence and references regarding your skill set and reputation. IT certifications and degrees can show your dedication to learning and your work ethic. But which one is better? We have good news. The answer is: it depends.

An Overview of Career Opportunities

People with jobs in IT use computers, software, networks, servers and other technology to manage and store data. The job titles that accompany these specializations will vary from company to company, and many of the skills in this field are transferrable. Given these facts, your existing experience in the industry will serve you well as you search for a job because you’ll know firsthand that what a help desk technician does at one company might be exactly the same as what an IT support technician does at another.

Some common job titles are:

  • Cloud computing engineer: In this role you will define, design, build and maintain systems and solutions managed by cloud providers.
  • Computer network specialist: Individuals holding this title can expect to define, analyze, build and maintain a variety of data across a variety of networks and systems. These roles typically require a degree.
  • Software or web developer: These roles hold a slightly more creative angle and tasks will include designing, running, testing and modifying software programs and/or websites.

The Value of Experience

Computers and the networks connecting them play a vital role in every single business and organization. If your resume is stacked with hands-on experience, potential employers and clients are going to take notice.

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