Stepping foot in the workforce (or a new industry) for the new year? With the pandemic giving rise to a growing demand for digital, business, and leadership skills – there’s never been a better time to pursue such fields. Whether you’re qualified specifically in these areas, or possess the transferable skills to explore them, ICT and its related management roles are an ideal career pathway this 2022.
Those certified under the Australian Institute of ICT, in particular, also have the added benefit of job assistance under our Industry Partner Program. We break down the details of this opportunity below, as well as the best jobs to pursue among graduates this new year.
WHAT IS AIICT’S INDUSTRY PARTNER PROGRAM?
Those who pursue training under the Australian Institute of ICT can equip themselves with the nationally-recognised qualifications, certifications, and experience required to land a well-paying job or promotion in the tech industry. However, our support doesn’t end here.
Students who successfully complete a course are provided the opportunity to join our Industry Partner Program, a platform designed to assist graduates throughout the job-hunting process. We’ll provide you with the tools and expertise necessary to stand out in the job market – including career coaching services, industry mentoring, and professional branding assistance (i.e. developing your LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter, etc.).
To top this off, as a part of the DDLS group, program members will also gain access to the DDLS network of organisations seeking new hires and high-quality talent. Graduates will thus have the opportunity to connect with a multitude of potential employers looking for the skills, knowledge, and experience they’ve built throughout their training.
Exclusive to AIICT graduates, the Industry Partner Program is a valuable launchpad for one’s career in the IT industry, further shaping their personal brand, reputation, and credibility in an ever-competitive job market.
SO, WHAT SORT OF CAREERS CAN I PURSUE THROUGH AIICT’S TRAINING?
AIICT offers a wide variety of online courses – from Bootcamps in project management and cybersecurity to fully-fledged diplomas in web development and networking. We explore some of the potential industry pathways for students below, and the relevant courses for each.
Web development refers to the process of designing, developing, testing, and maintaining websites for the internet. The field is comprised of three sub-specialties: front-end web development (focusing on the “user-facing” aspects such as design and interactivity), back-end web development (focusing on the server-side and database aspects of the website), and full-stack web development (focusing on both the front and back-end aspects of a website).
According to SEEK, web developers are set to experience a 25% employment increase in the next five years, with the average professional earning around $62,481 a year (based on Payscale statistics).
First-timers can thus brush up on the basics through our boot camp course, refine these skills (and cyber security knowledge) through our certificate program, and finally build their back-end abilities through a full-fledged diploma.
Project management is the general process of using one’s tools, skills, and knowledge to deliver a high-quality product or solution based on a specific client’s specifications. This could include the development of a software, the construction of a building, or even something as broad as expanding one’s sales demographics.
As the Australian economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, project managers are increasingly needed to handle all the incoming new business plans and advancements. The growing wave of automation, artificial intelligence, and big data has also contributed to this surging demand, as well as border closures and the inability to outsource such skills.
According to the National Skills Commission, ICT project managers rank among the highest in demand among Australian employers, with a projected job growth of 8.3% in the coming five years (according to SEEK). Those in the job also earn an average of $108,685 AUD per year, based on Payscale statistics.
AIICT currently offers a Certified Project Management Professional course to kickstart one’s skills in the field. Over the course of 3 months, students will learn the fundamentals of resource, business, and budgetary management, along with agile methodologies such as Scrum, PRINCE2, and AgilePM.
Cybersecurity encompasses the tools, systems, and knowledge to protect one’s personal and private data from digital theft or compromise. With cybercrimes on an unending rise – only growing more advanced and critical with time – the practice is ever-necessary in an era reliant on online technology and digital information.
Just last year, the Australian Cyber Security Centre reported over a $33 billion AUD in “self-reported losses” due to cybercrime alone. Over 67,500 reports were received – a 13% increase from the previous financial year. The growing trend of digital threats has thus lead to a surging demand for cybersecurity skills, with our workforce still in need of approximately 25,000 more cybersecurity workers to close its growing skills gap.
Employers are thus willing to pay premium to attract and retain top talent, with the average cyber security worker earning around $97,000 AUD per year (according to Payscale).
Those interested in this booming industry can pursue AIICT’s Certified Cyber Security Professional course, an online boot camp program that equips students with the basics troubleshooting, managing, and configuring computer networks for maximum digital protection. Graduates will have completed the course under three internationally-recognised certifications by CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+.
IT networking refers to the process of connecting digital devices so that they can share data with one another. IT network specialists typically ensure that one’s computer network systems are performing optimally; analysing these for any errors or disruptions, troubleshooting, and evaluating any problems found. Knowledge in this area goes hand-in-hand with skills in cybersecurity, as those in this role are also often responsible for maintaining the safety and security of an organisation’s digital networks.
Our dependence on computer systems and online communication is only set to grow – and in turn, so will demand for computer network specialists. According to Job Outlook, strong growth is expected in this field in the next five years; expanding from 49,100 workers in 2020 to 64,000 by 2025.
Payscale statistics also report an average yearly salary of $75,000 AUD among average network specialists.
Those looking to grow their skills in this field can take up AIICT’s ICT40120 – Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking), an introductory course to the basics of systems support, maintenance, troubleshooting, and configuration. Our ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking) offers further training to advance one’s networking skills, exploring more technical areas of cyber security, incident response, and virtual computing environments.
BUILD THE SKILLS YOU NEED FOR YOUR DREAM CAREER!
AIICT not only offers a wide variety of qualifications among ICT’s top-paying roles, but our Industry Partner Program can help you in landing these opportunities for 2022.
Among these pathways mentioned, students can also explore other tech areas of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and general IT support. Best of all, all courses are delivered online, helping you train around your personal needs and schedule.
Score your dream IT job for the new year, and enquire with us today.
AIICT offers a wide range of courses:
ICT50220 Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security)
ICT50220 Diploma of Information Technology (Back End Web Development)
ICT50220 Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking)
ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)
ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Web Development)
ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support)
ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology
Certified Project Management Professional
Certified Full Stack Developer
Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional
Certified Cyber Security Professional
Certified Data Science Professional
Cloud Computing Certified Professional
Growth Marketing Professional