WIT calls on students to consider Tech careers ahead of CAO deadline

In advance of the CAO change of mind deadline on 1 July, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) encourages students in the south east to consider a career in technology.

There are currently 6,000 job vacancies in the technology sector alone, presenting numerous opportunities for students who pursue an ICT course in higher education. Vacancies in the technology sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011, while earnings in the sector have also risen by 15% over the same period.  With almost two thousand additional graduates with ICT skills required per year from 2018, there is massive potential for students who choose an ICT course.

WIT calls on students to consider Tech careers ahead of CAO deadline

The first ICT Skills pictured at WIT. 95% of the graduates secured employment with employers including Dataworks, SAP, TSSG, Sunlife, GBR, Emagine and Feedhenry

WIT has 250 places on seven cutting edge computing and technology undergraduate courses commencing this September, including the only Internet of Things honours degree available on the CAO.

Over 100 free Springboard and ICT course places are also on offer via Springboard+, with part-time and full-time conversion options. See www.wit.ie/springboard to view courses and apply. 87% of Springboard+ ICT conversion graduates nationally secured employment in the industry over the past 18 months. This figure rises to 95% for WIT with graduates securing employment with companies such as Dataworks, SAP, TSSG, Sunlife, GBR, Emagine and Feedhenry.

Commenting ahead of the CAO deadline, Dr Padraig Kirwan, Head of Computing & Mathematics said that “Ireland is host to major international companies in the social media, video games and software industries as well as a growing indigenous base of Irish tech companies. All of these companies require a steady stream of graduates to fill the jobs being created on a weekly basis. They need graduates with a range of ICT skills, in particular analytical thinking and programming. People with ICT skills can look forward to rewarding careers, working in cutting edge fields.”

The institute offers a range of supports for incoming students on ICT courses, including excellent teaching and learning along with supported work placements and tailored job readiness & career development skills modules.

WIT graduates secure high quality jobs in companies in the region that include Dataworks, Donedeal, Errigal Operations Software, MIT Education Solutions, Rigney Dolphin, StitcherAds, Store-All, Sunlife Ireland, SAP and TSSG to name a few.

A dedicated resource www.SmartFutures.ie  is also available to support people in the career decision-making process. The site features real life career stories and video interviews with people working in a range of diverse industries including space technology and cybersecurity.

WIT offers a broad range of courses on the CAO, 70 in total, and to help students make the right choice for them, on Monday 29 June, Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July, the institute is hosting CAO drop in clinics from 11am to 3pm daily on the main campus. If you can’t make it in person, you can log on to the CAO live Q&A sessions daily from 3-5pm. Visit www.wit.ie.

About the new Internet of Things course

A new course which explores the disciplines, technologies, tools and business opportunities in connecting people, places and things has been developed by WIT and world renowned research group, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG)

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in the Internet of Things will prepare graduates for the next wave innovation in computing. The programme will explore the software and devices that are transforming the way we live, work and interact. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become a new type of Software Professional. They will possess an in-depth understanding of how connected devices can interoperate with mobile and cloud applications to deliver new categories of product and services.
More information: www.wit.ie/wd197


About Springboard+

The Springboard+ initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualification in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. All courses lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including information and communications technology (ICT). Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and project management.www.springboardcourses.ie


About Smart Futures

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry framework promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers in Ireland.  It is key to delivering national competitiveness and contributing to job creation as identified under the Action Plan for Jobs 2015. It provides coordinated access for science and technology companies to reach out to young people and their parents to understand what a career in science, technology or engineering actually involves. www.smartfutures.ie

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