Feb 28

What Career Path is Right for Me?

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Each year thousands of people, people just like you, decide to make a career change into IT. Some start by taking classes or pursuing certification, others venture into the unknown by blindly replying to job openings on the Internet or in the local newspaper.

But IT is an industry just like any other: Saying that you are looking for a job in IT is like saying that you want a job in construction, or banking, or insurance, or any other industry. IT offers a range of positions that vary in their requirements, duties, and (ultimately) pay.

However, a survey conducted by Computer world on 300 I.T Executives revealed the skills that will be in top demand in 2012. We will talk about these skills and the prerequisite courses and certifications they require.


The basis of networking is to connect devices together to enable them share resources. There are different types of networks: Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and many others. The bigger the size of a network, the more complex it is.

However, the most sought after skill in networking is Virtualisation. Virtualisation lets you run multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine.

Courses: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CompTIA N+, MikroTIK MTCNA, Microsoft Windows Server


Recently, a hack team called Evil Shadow hacked Microsoft’s Indian web store and had access to customers’ passwords. And last year, another case of security breach was recorded: Sony’s PlayStation was hacked and the hackers had access to personal and credit card details of over 1 million people.

This goes to prove that security is a major concern for business executives, and hiring or investing in security experts will attract many nods in board meetings.

Courses: CCNA Security, CCSP, CCIE Security, RedHat Ethical Hacking, Wireless Security

Programming and Applications Development

Here’s a quote from Mark Templeton, CEO, Citrix, ” Three simple words are changing the world: Whatever, Wherever, Whenever”. The trend is shifting from laptops and desktops to mobile devices. Many programs and applications have been designed to run on these devices. There’s no gainsaying that this is a huge and evolving market.

Courses: Visual Basic, PHP, Java, C++, C#, and Python.

Data Center Management

You can’t talk about Data Center Management without talking about Cloud Computing which enables internet users to access information over the internet without necessarily installing a software. Simple examles are Yahoo! mail, Google mail, and even Facebook and Twitter! These services run on various stacks of physical and virtualized servers. Where all these servers are housed is known as a Data Center. So, professionals with backgrounds in Virtualization, Server Consolidation, and Systems Integration are  in high demand.

Courses: VMware, Citrix, Net APP and more

Web 2.0 Skills

Web 2.0 describes a regeneration of the World Wide Web and focuses on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online. The trend has shifted from just web pages to a more dynamic and interactive platform. Let’s use Facebook as a case study, there’s a whole lot of programs and applications running at the backend that produces the interactive and dynamic frontend.

Courses: Java, .Net, and others


I am particularly interested in IP telephony, popularly known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). IP telephony is a technology that enables you make voice calls over the internet. This technology is used by Yahoo! Voice and Skype. This is a cost-saving technology for Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs). There are so many fantastic features in the IP telephony system (These will be highlighted when we discuss cost-saving solutions for SMBs)

Courses: VoIP, CCNA Voice

Project Management

Business executives are on the look out for people who can oversee and monitor projects, identify users’ needs and translate them for the IT staffers-the increasingly popular business analysts.

Courses: Project Management, MS Project

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence experts are IT professionals who merge their knowledge on ICT with business processes. There are a few case studies:

  1. Recently, DSTV, a cable TV network, introduced an advanced customer service platform on which subscribers can pay for their subscription online and then send an sms to a short code messaging service, and viola! Your subscription is reactivated.
  2. The Quick Teller platform enables you purchase your call cards, pay your PHCN bills and airfares online.



About the author

Njumoke Abiola-Oseni

Njumoke Abiola-Oseni is the Executive Director, Training and Business Intelligence at Trisat Communications Ltd. She holds a Bachelors Degree(B.Tech) in Computer Engineering with ICT Certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Project Management, MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). She currently administers all Trisat training engagements and consults for SMBs on Business Intelligence such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS), Messaging Systems and Call Center Solutions and Customised Software Application. Njumoke Abiola-Oseni is a Co-Founder of Trisat Communications Ltd.