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What is ICT and is there still a reason to study ICT?

Definition of ICT: Information and Communication Technology.

ICT is evolving almost on a daily basis, such is the speed of new technology. In a simplified fashion ICT is anything that will transmit or receive information in a digital form, store and retrieve data via personal computers, email, your digital television or smart phone, using software and satellite systems.  ICT isn’t all about computers, it’s about how we use technology.

The English Government were concerned enough about our digital skills they launched a Select Committee Inquiry in December 2015 and 2016-2017. The concern for the UK economy which is suffering due to the lack of the skills in ICT for us not to be able to compete in an ever-increasing digital world. The removal of ICT at GCSE and A level means that schools cannot offer students the essential skills for employment after they leave school.  Further education facilities such as Universities have an expectation of their students to have certain skills to enable them to use the equipment to enable them to study, by removing this from our schools will this mean that future employers will be looking abroad for their workforce, therefore affecting our economy?

Ideally you should be able to study ICT to create and manage communication and information systems, so that the correct information gets to the right people at the right time. ICT covers the use of photography, video, digital content and developing websites and creating apps to communicate to potential new clients. Potential employers love the practical skills of database security, networks and programming, when studying ICT you will learn how to build project management and numeracy skills, it also helps you to think in a logical way to solve problems.

Career opportunities for those with the ICT skills include:

  • Programmer
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems or Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence
  • Web Design
  • ICT Consultant

You could also look in the media sector for employment, perhaps as a sound technician or broadcast engineer, even in the armed forces as a satellite technician, in the world of banking you could be a financial risk analyst or credit analyst.  This is not an exhaustive list, but you can see how varied the possibilities are. This is an exciting world to be involved in. Ultimatley, you could work for a firm like this Creative Agency Glasgow, from where a career can form within the world of ICT.

ICT skills will arm you with the chance to produce websites, manage projects, using multi media methods. If you have a real passion for everything digital, whether it is a project or having to produce creative designs for clients to make their brands uniquely visible, and memorable – e.g certain photographs or a piece of music that instantly reminds you of a product shows that the marketing using technology has worked. You have to know the product and the market you want to get into along with knowing who the competitors are. This is a subject that is creative, and exciting, especially as the technology is constantly being updated and made faster, and more instant, so you learn new skills constantly.