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Stay connected with a Computing HND

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Article by: Joe Short

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Stay connected with a Computing HND

As reported by the Tech Partnership (formerly e-skills UK), the Sector Skills Council for the IT and telecommunications industry predicts that from now until 2020 jobs in IT and telecoms will grow almost twice as quickly as the UK average.

With the rapid development in technology sectors, the rise in demand is not unexpected, but what many may find surprising is the large number of positions that are being left unfilled due to an IT skills shortage.

IT professionals can also expect some of the some of the highest starting salaries of any industry, with typical wages of £22,000 to £32,500 depending on location. Possible positions include computer systems hardware development, computer networking, software development and internet technology.

Getting into an IT or computing career

So, with a high demand and significant financial rewards, why is there a shortage of suitable candidates?

Could it be the lack of ‘real work’ workplace skills? Candidates may have the right qualifications, but do they lack the essential practical skills and knowledge?

A Computing HND is designed to provide you with a range of those skills and resources specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the computing industry.  Graduates from this course have a great understanding of a broad range of computing ideas and are well placed to drive forward future advancements in computing.

“With the things I have learnt on the course, I can now bring more knowledge on aspects of project management and I can offer my clients a broader experience which could be of use to them”
Mike Lawns, HND Computing graduate

The work-based learning modules and ability to gain experience and ‘earn as you learn’ can also significantly boost your employability after graduation. On completion of your HND you will have the opportunity to progress to the final year of BSc (Hons) Computing to top-up your HND to full university degree

How long will it take? HND courses are normally two years. Most students studying part time/online are expected to complete a course in 3 years.
What entry requirements are there? Requirements will vary. In most cases, an A Level pass (or equivalent) will be required.
What type of jobs could I get? Prospects aren’t restricted to ‘IT companies’ as most businesses value IT and computing skills, making this a very flexible qualification. From Application Programmer to Network Technician and Project Manager, the opportunities are extremely varied.

 

 

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