All IT job seekers, Advanced Level exam completers, undergraduates and graduates interested in the field of software development are eagerly looking forward to become a professional software engineer or developer.
At the same time their parents are also waiting until their beloved ones become professionals in this newly upcoming computer job market with high scale salaries and other benefits.
The main reason for this is because they know IT professionals are respected by society and at the same time their monthly salaries are above the levels of same aged and experienced non professionals in all other fields.
In this phenomenon, having a clear idea about the professionalism relevant to software development is very important. Basically, a professional software engineer should have three major components.
They are methodical theoretical knowledge earned with a recognized theory certification, software development skill developed through a practical training and experience gained through developing software solutions for real business entities. What are the qualifications available in Information Technology? Qualifications mainly fall into two categories; academic qualifications and professional qualifications.
Basically any university around the globe focuses mainly on academic qualifications, especially in the field of information technology. There is nothing wrong in that because universities exist for the purpose of disseminating the universal knowledge in a particular field.
Ethically a university has no right to focus only on one subject in the IT field, as the majority of the IT subjects belong to private companies. For instance, a university cannot focus only on Microsoft's Visual Basic subject to produce professionals in that particular subject.
University education needs to cater to all other programming subjects also, equally, to create a non biased environment for all subject content providers. Due to this situation, universities are limited to train students only for academic qualifications.
Having academic qualifications alone is not sufficient to succeed or at least to survive in the IT job market.
At least to get into the first job, having academic qualifications alone is not sufficient today. A Professional qualification is the solution for this situation. PCJT stands for Professional Certificate in Java Technology.
Information Technology interested parents and students both can gain a complete benefit of knowing the advantages of PCJT professional qualification only when they have a capacity to compare PCJT qualification with academic qualifications in the field of information technology.
PCJT focuses only to specialize a student for the Java subject, which is the world's most updated programming language and technology.
Java is the programming language used by NASA for Mars exploration satellite and Mars Rover mission. Java is also the programming language for future mobile devices like mobile phones and PDA computers.
The upcoming mCommerce market will be driven based on Java Technology.
PCJT syllabus will be covered in two semesters. The syllabus contains all three major areas which are practical, theory and experience to become a real professional in the Java J2SE knowledge area.
In the first semester, the practical software development project is developed with a real business client for students to get the industry placement experience and exposure. The other major component of the first semester is the architectural design project for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) application.
In the second semester of the PCJT programme, students are trained to sit the internationally recognized examination delivered by the Sun Microsystems USA, the owner of the Java programming language. This certification is accepted for USA Visa purposes too.
At the end of the PCJT programme, students are specialized in J2SE area in Java technology and they become professionals in Java technology.
The President of the Chamber of Chartered Java Professionals, Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana stated that specialization of a particular subject and getting professional qualifications is important not only in information technology, but for accounting, law, marketing and other fields too. He said the Java field is special because it pays very high salaries for qualified professionals.
He also stated in Sri Lanka there is a huge trend in acquiring Java based professional qualifications before acquiring any academic qualifications just after the ALs. He predicted that this trend would lead to a dramatic soft technology development in Sri Lanka in the near future.