As the first point of guiding your child towards IT, you have to be aware of the two major types of qualifications that need to be acquired. Similar to any other field, the qualifications in the IT field too belongs to two main 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, the majority of the IT subjects belonging 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. To get into the first job, having academic qualifications is not sufficient today. Even for an IT graduate, to obtain a good job, receive salary increments, promotions, the importance of professional qualifications cannot be stressed enough.
Professional qualifications make way towards job opportunities.
A professional qualification is directed on a job in a specific field. The qualification should be provided by a professional organization and the qualification should include software development ability, complete theoretical knowledge and experience. A professional qualification makes way towards job opportunities, minimizing the need for industrial experience when entering the industry. They also facilitate minimal requirement for training, once in the industry, faster career growth, high salaried jobs in short a time, to gain recognition among the society, possibility of using the acquired titles after the name and much more.
But, due to the lack of knowledge on this fact, parents tend to give their children some kind of certification normally offered by the many ordinary institutes available island wide, and they try to find good employment opportunities with only these certificates in hand.
Java - The world's most powerful programming language
Java has become the most powerful language in the world. When considering Science, anyone would accept without a doubt that NASA is the most prestigious organization for its exceptional expertise. The Rover Mission, which used Java technology to send a space shuttle to Mars, is proof on the extent to which NASA uses Java technology. The 'Path Finder', which conducted experiments on Mars, was totally controlled from Earth, through Java technology.
The CIA of America, Deutche Telecom, which is the world's largest telecommunication company, Nokia mobile phones which we all know, Boeing Corporation, which are the experts in aircraft manufacturing, all use Java Technology. Also, ATM technology in banks, all household electrical equipment such as washing machines, cassettes, radio, television sets, and microwave ovens include microchips use Java Technology. This is for no other reason, but that Java Technology is the most powerful language.
Next, let us consider how such solutions are developed and how high salaried jobs are made possible with Java technology.
Be a Java Professional…!
In this context, 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
- Experience gained through developing software solutions for real business entities
Having 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 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. 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.
First semester - the practical software development project is developed with a real business client for students to get the industry placement experience and the exposure. The other major component of the first semester is the architectural design project for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) application.
Second semester - 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 it.
The President of the Chamber of Chartered Java Professionals, Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana also stated that specialization of a particular subject and getting professional qualifications is important not only in information technology, but also for accounting, law, marketing and other fields. He said the Java field is special because it pays very high salaries for qualified professionals. He also stated that in Sri Lanka there is a huge trend in acquiring Java based professional qualifications before acquiring any academic qualifications just after the Advanced Level. He predicted that this trend would lead to a dramatic soft technology development in Sri Lanka in the near future.