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    Once upon a time teachers didn’t need IT skills. Neither did accountants, journalists, nurses, social workers, engineers or artists. Or just about any other profession that comes to mind.

    Now, with very few exceptions, computing skills are essential, says Peter Acheson, who is CEO of Australia’s largest IT recruiter, Peoplebank.

    “There is hardly an avenue of employment left that doesn’t require some kind of IT skill or familiarity,” he says. “Employees need to exhibit flexibility and willingness to learn new skills as new technologies are emerging all the time.”

    If you’re contemplating studying in the IT field, Open Universities Australia (OUA) offers a wide range of graduate, postgraduate and professional courses that can take you into this challenging and exciting sector. A Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), for instance, can lead to careers in online research and development, web publishing or content management, while a Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) can be the first step to a career as a systems consultant, database administrator or business analyst.

    Acheson says that for most people, IT skills requirements will change over time and as their career progresses.

    “This is especially the case in the IT sector, where the rate at which new technologies appear means that that people will be learning throughout much of their professional life,” he says.
    The training required also varies at different career stages. For example, early career IT workers need specific IT skills training, while middle managers need leadership and team development skills. More senior staff need to understand how IT underpins the business, delivers a return on investment and links to overall strategy.

    Many smaller organisations cannot afford to have IT professionals on staff, which means plenty of opportunities exist for contractors. Through his experience with Peoplebank, Acheson believes there is room for both in-house staff and consultants.

    “More recently, we’ve also seen the emergence of cloud services providers in the mix,” he says. “Business today sees IT as integral to their operations, as a driver of their business strategy – and so they bring in the skills they need to get the job done.

    “Within the IT field, the most immediate opportunities are in the cloud services sector. Large IT players like IBM, Fujitsu, Telstra and Microsoft have made major investments in cloud computing – so I think we will see cloud computing and the whole ASP (application service provider) model become a lot more prevalent. That will obviously have an impact on IT careers.”

    Peoplebank tracks more than 50 IT job categories in each of the major capital cities. The company’s data suggests plenty of jobs exist across the IT spectrum and overall, Acheson is optimistic about future prospects for IT professionals.

    “Australia is holding up very strongly in the global market, so it’s clear that, at least for the next few years, many of the most exciting projects are going to be in Australia,” he says. “I see opportunity for IT professionals in almost every sector of our economy – and particularly in the resources sector.”

    To find out more, please phone 1300 881 548 or visit www.open.edu.au/thinkdone

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