Looking for an IT-related job? Here’s what you should know

BY A. RUBAN

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — In Malaysia, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workers number slightly more than 200,000 currently and this accounts for just 1.4 per cent of the overall workforce in the country.

As more sectors embrace new technologies, this leaves a lot of room for growth and businesses looking to expand are on the lookout to hire again.

Whether you’re fresh out of school or looking to switch companies, here’s some basic information we compiled that may help you in your search.

Positions and salary scale

According to online recruitment giant Jobstreet.com in its Job Outlook Survey 2017, Malaysian companies are looking to fill some 2,000 IT vacancies in diverse sectors this year.

Among the positions advertised online are for IT junior and senior executives, network engineers and IT managers.

Be it at a manufacturing industry or other support services, some companies are willing to pay up to RM12,000 for a manager with the relevant set of skills and about five years working experience.

Qualifications

While high schoolers may be interested, the reality is that most companies want employees who are able to work with minimal training. This means a minimum of two years working experience for a junior or senior executive position and at least a diploma in any IT discipline.

While competition will be rife with such basic qualifications, Jobstreet country manager Chook Yuh Yng encouraged those with diploma qualifications to take up higher certificates that can assist to propel his or her career growth.

“Maybe a degree for those with a diploma and a master for those with a degree qualification,” she told Malay Mail Online.

One of the most common degree programmes offered by several universities in the country is the Bachelor of Information Technology.

How to upgrade your skills

According to the description of the course by reputable universities, candidates with such qualification will be able to apply technique and algorithms to solve IT-related problems while utilising suitable softwares.

The duration may vary between three to five years between part-time and full-time students while its fee ranges between RM50,000 and RM60,000.

As for those in a more senior role with at least a degree qualification, a Master of Computer Science in Applied Computing can be a suitable course.

“The purpose of the programme is to provide advanced training in computer science to prepare students for positions in industry and government and for further graduate study.

“In addition, students will be involved in research with Computer Science and Information Technology Faculty, and this research will result in a body of work worthy of a thesis or dissertation,” Universiti Malaya stated in its description for this course on its website.

Multilingual job hunters will of course have an edge over their rivals as some companies do look for employees proficient in languages other than Bahasa Malaysia and English, especially Chinese languages though this is not usually a mandatory requirement.