Testimonials of BS in Information Technology Graduates from the Philippines

J. M.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At AMA Computer College - Batangas
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: On our campus, we have a decent amount of laboratory exercises. Those hands-on activities are both enjoyable and challenging for all of us. It will sharpen your mind and prepare you to face the challenges of real working situations. Definitely, you will need a lot of logical skills.


list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as an Instructor in Networking Technology and Programming subjects.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Well, almost yes. During my study, we are learning how to program, how to innovate and how to do a lot of things in this field. And now, I am sharing all of those knowledge to my students as I teach them most of the things I also learned from my professors. I am very happy to do it, actually.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took almost 9 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Definitely recommendable! As the tech industry today grows bigger and bigger, the need for IT-related jobs is ever increasing too. That's a lot of opportunities to come! As for the salary level, it will depend on the IT "path" that you will choose in the future. You need to set a goal and stick to it. Don't let anything stop you from achieving a thing that you're really fond of. Of course, it should be a "good goal".
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J. L.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At STI College - Fairview
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: Honestly, while I was in 4th year High school, I was not sure yet what course I wanted to take. But there's something that I really like to do and that is doing stuffs in the computer. And many say that IT is in demand these days so I took it eventually.


list bulletAbout my college education: I'm glad that I didn't regret that I took up BS Information Technology. My hobby of doing things in the computer has been a great way for me to introduce me to the technology world. My own perception about BSIT is that it's a combination of Programming, Multimedia, Networking, and Business.

Just in case, if you're confused with the difference of the aforementioned course with BS Computer Science is that BSCS deals with Programming, Data Analysis, and Logic. The course is focused on those fields whereas BSIT is more on the application of technology in the industry.

In the curriculum of STI for BSIT, we're focused more on computer programming and it really needs logic. If you like analyzing things and like thinking ways how to solve complex problems, then this course is good for you. We also tackled Multimedia where we learned how to draw vector images using Adobe Photoshop. We learned also how to share files, create UTP cables (Lan Cable in computer), and connect 2 or more computers (Set-up in a computer shop) in our Computer Networking subject. We were able to create our own website because of our Web Programming subject. We have Business subjects as well that taught us how to make a Business Plan and how technology can be integrated to your own business (Technopreneurship).

I think that it's inevitable that there are students who will fail every semester and students who will shift to another course. The top reason why students shift is that they don't want programming that much because they are not much into analysis and solving complex problems.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently an Associate Software Engineer. Our job is to develop softwares for our clients. We do analyzation of the requirements they want and then we proceed to develop the software base on the requirements they've given.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I'm happy that I was able to apply things I learned from college to the job I have now.
I’m using the programming languages taught back in college like Java and XML and SQL as well for the database.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Not to be boastful but I was already hired before I graduated college. Just couple of weeks before my graduation, I was able to secure a job and I'm happy that I didn't wait that much to have a job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: If you're into technology (you like the latest trend in the technology industry, you like to do stuffs in the computer, you're computer geek, etc.) then go for this course. As I mentioned earlier, if you're like analyzing things and solving complex problems, this course is good for you. If not, there are other things that may interest you likewise, multimedia and computer network.

There are lots of employment opportunities for a BSIT graduate. You can be an Application Developer, Data Analyst, System Analyst, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, System Engineer, Test Engineer, Software Engineer, etc.
For a fresh grad, you can earn a salary from 10,000 to 30,000 a month and if you're more experienced, you can earn a 6-digit salary :)

Technology is growing every year and so the demand for the computer-related course graduates is increasing. There are lots of job opportunities and you only have to choose. Of course, you have to do your best to be accepted in the job that you want.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: One thing that I give an advice is that if you really want to study in a particular university, GO FOR IT. Let your parents know that you really want to study in that school. But of course take in consideration if your parents can afford the tuition fee and the pay for your dormitory.

One thing that I can share an advice to those graduating high school students who are still undecided what course they want to take is that if there's something in your heart that you already wanted to do or even a little slight of favor to that activity, perhaps it's already the thing that you want to pursue in college.

I hope that incoming college students will stop choosing or going for a course that's so called "easy." There's no such thing as an easy course and if you really want whatever you're doing or studying, no matter how hard it is, you'll persevere to accomplish it.
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M. A.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Colegio De Sta. Rita
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: Will at first I can say it was difficult, but later on it became more interesting... why? because I.T Courses are practical, you just need to choose what you want to focus on, like programming (you need to be patient in debugging errors and of course creative in your designs), multimedia (first thing in here is being creative and a little bit of feminine touch in needed to make videos and photos more attractive to the eyes of everybody), software and hardware servicing (Same with programming, you need to be patient in order to identify the problems) and Network administering (the last but not the least Experience in very much needed here not just once you will know everything but you need to try it twice, trice or more).

list bulletMy current job: I am the Network Administrator/Computer Technician and Part-Time Teacher at the I.T Department.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, Most of my basic skills I learned from my Instructors, and then just improve it more here.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After Graduation I got a job at the Near School and got pirated here art Colegio de Sta. Rita.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: In terms of employment well as far as I know here in the Philippines most of the jobs require basic skills in computer and technology is getting high, so Computer course is an advantage to everybody. And after graduation no board exam at all.
Of course it is interesting simply because it's practical.
For Salary, I admit if you just stay below like being encoder you will be paid less, but you can become like me an Employee, Freelance Computer technician and a businessman.
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E. G.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Polytechnic University Of The Philippines In Quezon City
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: It was our last year in high school, one of my teachers gave me an idea. She once told us that computer related courses are in demand because of fast-growing technology. And luckily my grades were good enough for their requirement so I gave it a shot.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned the basics about multimedia, programming, database management and a lot more. I had a difficulty in Feasibility study and the subject I enjoyed the most is learning SQL (database) which has been very helpful on my job. Passing the exam is difficult if you did not study. Really. Some have failed, and I am not an exemption. Few of my classmates shifted on our second year maybe because they feel that IT is not for them. That also crossed my mind on the third year. But I told myself that I can do this, I can complete the course. I think for you to succeed, just follow the instructions, pass the requirements on time, more patient, and lots of perseverance. :)

list bulletMy current job: Currently I'm an Infrastructure Specialist. We are responsible basically for the server management and maintenance and some Middleware support.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I have used my learning in college in my past and current jobs. Like SQL and database management. I don't do a lot of programming but I have this extra work to create a web based system interface for a project.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I supposedly finish the course by 2010 but I have left one subject and it had me to extend for another sem. The graduation followed the next sem after that. After completing all my units, I have landed my first job after 4 months even before I actually graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Definitely I would recommend this course. The world now is in a fast pace technology. IT industry is growing much bigger which gives a wide array of job opportunities. A fresh grad can earn more or less P20,000 in a good company. And an experince hired employee can earn depending on his/her years of experience. Of course, the more experienced you are, the higher compensation you can get.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Know the course first. Assess yourself if you are inclined in this course and line of work after you have graduated. Many students graduate every year but it does not guarantee you a job. If you have decided to really take this course, just enjoy. ^_^
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R. S.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Western Visayas College Of Science And Technology
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletAbout my college education: I was excited during the time I enrolled in this course. This was also the year where Information and Communications Technology was one of the most in-demand jobs.
I enjoyed learning and studying because there are lots of things you can learn in this field. I am a person who always wanted to try and learn new things so this course really suits my skills and interests. Although there are times when it is very difficult to cope with some subjects especially programming but in the end it felt great when I had successfully created the projects assigned to me.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working in one of the biggest call center companies in Bacolod City. I am a level 2 technical support representative for one of the major Internet service providers in the United States.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I would say twenty percent of what I learned in college is useful in my career. The other eighty percent I earned from my previous personal experiences.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was able to find a part time job as a computer and math instructor right after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: I would recommend it to people with great passion in information technology, people who are not afraid to learn new things and most of all, people who are patient enough to deal with the ongoing technological advancements.
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K. L.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At STI College - Lipa
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: For the record, my dream when I was a child is to be an engineer someday. I enrolled at Batangas State University for General Engineering. In some universities you need to take the General Engineering course up to two years and after that you will be evaluated for the major course. For my situation I only attended a year and half for General Engineering. On this time I have some issues with my studies, personality, and sort of other stuff. I then realize that Engineering is not my field of career to be taken. That time many stuffs are just floating in my mind until something just pop out of my mind. These words just came out; computers, numbers, calculation, technology, and science. I then search for what maybe I am thinking of and (boom)... On the screen says Information Technology. And that's the cause now I have a degree on BS Information Technology.

list bulletAbout my college education: BS in Information Technology is not just a course it is a dream for like me. Difficult? Of course (not that hard actually but study hard!) there is nothing easy on life but I assure you after all of your pain you will GAIN BIG. Enjoyable? It is! Boring and interesting about BSIT? I can't think one on the boring side but a lot on interesting side. You will be curious about computers, the history of technology, you will know some trivia on the very common thing that you are already using, you can never wish that it should stop.

For traits and attitudes to succeed this course you must have optimistic mind, analytical or logical thinking, and be straight forward in every little thing you will face especially by not having the first two traits you should have.. Hahaha... But actually one and only one you must have is TRUST in yourself, trust that you can do it, that you can reach your dream, that you can be the best, that "THIS IS FOR ME". You can do it!

list bulletMy current job: For now I am a Junior Programmer I (others call us Software Engineers, Programmers, or Coders). I am just started three months ago. It's not that I can't find a job but It's my choice. I do some programmings on different languages (they are connected actually); JAVA, PHP, Javascript, CSS, JSP, XML, and JQuery. I also make reports for the system we make using Crystal Reports, and SAP Crystal Reports. And for the most I love in my work is dealing with the database; I run queries, I construct database, tables, I also maintain a database for a system;

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: As I just stated above I am now a Software Engineer. And in my field of career I think I had used all of what I have learn especially my programming skills.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Actually I started working on some part time projects after four months after I graduated. It took that long because I want to endure some of time for me to mature and grow up. And it took almost six months that I am in part time projects. I assure myself that even I'm in part time projects I can practice and learn on what career I will deal with and I used that time to be more ready for my actual career. And after that I started to search for my first stable job that I want. The time is with me I didn't actually wit for so long to have my first job on my career.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: For employment opportunities, you will have a wide range of opportunities because today the world is at it's full speed means technology also is evolving so much faster.
Salary? come on, I think you will love BSIT in SALARY LEVEL.
But don't forget of course I recommend this course because of what I have experience in this field but be sure to know yourself, know what you want, and love the things that makes you smile and for sure you can be successful on any course / field / career you will take. Take Care and God Bless!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: For my advice just read this literally:
"There is missing ingredient in hard work itself. Find it with smile. Find it with your friends. Find it fun."

And that comes from me!
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M. A.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At College Of The Immaculate Conception
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: Curiosity?

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned many things. Definitely more on computer software and hardware.
The most difficult is the programming. Almost everything is useful since I was able to used them in my current job.

Exams were difficult. Many failed and definitely many shifted to another course since it is very hard especially the programming.

This course requires Patience, Hard work and Gift of Logical Thinking since programming requires Logic.

list bulletMy current job: Instructional Media Specialist.
I am helping the teachers in our university to prepare their instructional materials. Our team/department provides training for the whole university for update of their knowledge in computer and technology since it is the age of the 21st century where technology advances faster than before.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Almost everything.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I rested for a month I guess after graduation and then May 2009 I applied to few companies, until my current employer called me and in almost just 1 week of processing my papers I was hired.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: I definitely recommend IT for the fresh HS graduates.
It offers a variety of jobs, even from office clerk or staff up to the
Specialist ones like IT administrator, System Analyst, Database Administrator etc. Etc.

If you prefer a special field in IT like System Administrator, or Database Administrator you will definitely earn 30K (thousand) per month.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You must first try to answer these questions.
1. Do you love thinking?
2. Do you love studying?
3. Do you have patience?

I think if you answered Yes to the 3 questions then you can pursue this career.

IT requires complex thinking, brainstorming, and of course patience. IT is so broad that it requires continuous studying. What you might have learned today might be obsolete tomorrow. It is and endless learning.
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M. G.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Cagayan De Oro College - Phinma Education Network
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: I've always been fascinated with computers, I remember when I was a kid, I used to tinker with the Pentium 2 computer that we had, exploring every corners of the Windows 98 OS and all that stuff. It felt good, it felt like I was someone very tech-savvy. I dedicated my time to enhance my computer skills through some basic software available (eg Word, Excel, Ppt). The computer world is vague, I wasn't sure what specific computer field I should be concentrating in. But I was so sure that IT was going to be the course I will be signing myself up in the future.

list bulletAbout my college education: COC Phinma's Information Technology Program offers three specializations; Programming, Web Development and 3D Animation. And since I am also into film making and digital art, I decided to major in 3D Animation. So at 3rd year in college, that's when I started learning and having subjects based on the major we are enrolled in. It was practically easy, especially if you really love what you are doing, everything just goes into place. I started learning about basics of film making which was the most interesting subject I had in college, we started to make films and compete in different film festivals; local and national.

Since we were the 1st batch of IT students to be offered specializations such as this, the program obviously still has a long way to go. The instructors really were not that knowledgeable in animation and no proper animation equipment and facility were there, so we were just up until 3D modelling and never really touched animation at all. It wasn't really that a big deal to me though as I have already fallen in love with film making and I believe they have taught me enough basics about multimedia.


list bulletMy current job: I am currently working in Cleversoft, Inc., a software maintenance company in Cagayan de Oro. I work as a Customer Support Engineer. What I mainly do is make tutorial videos for a software. I also talk to our ISP clients and help them resolving issues they have with the software.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The things that I learned in college that I consider really valuable are the multimedia, technical stuff, computer basics and of course the subject that we've always been taught since nursery - English.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I got a job right even before my graduation, I then started working 2 days after my graduation. But I only lasted a week as I was not comfortable with the workplace. A month after, I got hired by Convergys and flew to Cebu and worked there for 10 months as a Customer Service Rep.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Absolutely! IT is one of the most in-demand jobs in the industry right now. It is also one of the most high-paying jobs ever, depending on your skill level and experience. You have a lot options from working virtually (online) to working in a physical company.

A fresh graduate working as a web developer could earn Php 10,000 to Php 12,000 per month, and will increase based on one's performance. Career-growth, especially in the BPO industry, is very fast, you would get promoted in a matter of 6 months to 1 year depending on your skills.

Most of my friends prefer working online and earn double to triple bucks than working in a physical company. The only hard part of working online is the starting phase. Without any feedback, experience and portfolio yet, you would really have a hard time convincing employers to hire you to do the job. But once you'll great through it, everything will seem like a breeze!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: The advice I can give to those people who are considering on taking up IT is that they have to be innovative. In this time of technology we are in right now, being innovative is your key to being a really successful IT professional, the more fresh ideas you have, the more you could get companies to like you and even root for you.

Also, do not contain yourself within the corners of the classroom, get out, explore and you will learn even greater things that will help you improve your skills.
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H. A.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Benguet State University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: Actually, my first choice was BS in Secondary Education but I chose this course out of curiosity.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned a lot of things and one of which is to always depend on yourself. I got bored with the basics of IT so I decided to enhance my skills on my own by reading books and conducting some experiments.

The most useful thing that I've learned was the basics of computer programming, without that I wouldn't know where to start and improve my skills.

Being the president of the class was the most difficult task that was given to an introvert person like me but I somehow managed to lead our class with the help of some classmates.

The exams are rather easy because it's a multiple choice type except on a subject, accounting, which was a mixture of enumeration type and identification type. About half of our class failed that subject. There are more or less ten people who shifted to another course. The good thing is that they realized that this course was not for them and shifted right away after the first semester of our first year in college.

This course needs great analytical skill, perseverance, and open-mindedness. Be calm and think.

list bulletMy current job: My current job is a freelance programmer. I develop paperless systems for small companies.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 2 months. I realized that my skills are below average so I decided to improve my skills before finding jobs. I posted an ad online and someone got interested in my skills and hired me.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Never isolate yourself to what the school is giving you, the school will only teach you one percent of the things that you need to know. Read books, experiment on things, never let failure to discourage you from improving.

There are many things I want to say but I am bad at explaining things so my motto might help you. "Never stop even if the problem is solved."
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A. B.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Holy Angel University
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: At first, it was a little bit of a culture shock. Different rules, different schedules, no permanent classmates and not the usual subjects, but in a couple of weeks things seems to be getting better.

I think that the skills required for this course will be analytical Skills and problem solving. Some hard working and creativity and the most important thing is team work. You do not survive on your own. There are times that you will seek help from others.

list bulletMy current job: I am a web developer / web marketing specialist. I do / create / design websites as a web developer and I give them high rankings / more visitors as a web marketing specialist.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, it was definitely useful. I am using the skills that I learn in web developing, basic designing and system analysis and development.

One thing that I learned and will never forget on my OJT days is that, basics are very much important. Universities / colleges only provides basics to our career and through experiences we learn more, we grow more and become experts in the future.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Luckily, I was immediately hired as soon as I graduated by the company whom trained me in my on-job-training days. I have been working live and working websites for that company for 6 months as an OJT student. Having able to prove myself skillful, worthy and highly suited for the job, They hire me right after my OJT days ended.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: I would highly recommend this course because nowadays technology grows rapidly. More companies are looking for people who have skills or background in mobile web developing, games and software developing and graphic designing not just here but also in other countries. There are also companies that gives home based as an option for this course. Outsourcing is really in demand right now. The salary is pleasing because it is always higher than the minimum wage without considering if it is part time, full time or project based.
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J. P.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Polytechnic University Of The Philippines In Quezon City
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: I love to work around computers both hardware and software; programming has been a big mystery to me when I was young so I studied it.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned Software Development Cycles, Web Development, Vector Graphics, Database Administration, Hardware trouble shooting.

I would say Database Administration and Software Development were the most difficult. Software Development and Database Administration skills were the most useful.

About the exams, if you fail to prepare, then be prepared to fail. As simple as that.

To succeed in this course, you need perseverance and optimism. Ability to handle pressure without choking and maintaining the right attitude when hard situation arises.

list bulletMy current job: Software Engineer/ (UI/UX Developer).

I create programs, dll's and user interfaces for softwares.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: My programming skills and logic formulation.
C++
C#
PHP
MySQL
MsSQL
Java
Javascript
CSS
HTML

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month after graduation

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Yes, a lot of software companies are looking for talented and very persevered graduates of BSIT and BSCS.

Starting salary may vary from different company. But it should be greater the 20,000 but not more than 30,000.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: It not going to be easy, but definitely worth it. Don't quit. Re-read and re-learn everything until it becomes a normal thing to you like breathing.A thousand mistakes is not mistakes, only a thousand ways to know that wont work.
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J. T.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Institute Of College In Computer Technology
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: Well, Computer is my passion. I wanted to study more about computer so I decided to take up a computer course instead of my mom's preferred course for me to be an hrm graduate.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned on how to program and how the computer works. I am good in logic but math is my weakness. I didn't like calculus.
I have learned ethical hacking and programming. I am earning with it now.
Indeed exams were difficult but with determination you can pass it.

You require to have Perseverance, Patience and discipline for you to pass the course

list bulletMy current job: I am a System Administrator and an Instructor of one of the college institutes.
I am teaching programming, ethical hacking and other computer skills. As as System admin, I am protecting the server and maintaining it.

I had lots of job after graduating. I have worked with fast food chain, Call center company for 2 years.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I am using my programming skill to teach students to be a professional programmer. I am also using my skill to have some freelancing job. I am teaching ethical hacking online.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Yes, this is the start of computing era so I would suggest to them to take up BSIT or any computer related course to get a high paying job.

If are a fresh graduate of BSIT you could earn up to 20-30k.
If you are an experienced IT well you could earn 30-100k a month .
It depends on your skills.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Empty your cup, if you know about computer you must be empty for you to learn more and to learn new knowledge about IT. Study hard and have a self study. Do not depend on what the teacher will going to teach.
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E. A.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At St. Paul University Iloilo
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: The whole experience was worthwhile. This is the course I really love since all my life, computer was really part of me.
It was an easy course for me. One just needs to be determined and goal-oriented. You must have practical skills on how computers and all it's whereabouts are. You must love what you do because if you will, this course will just be like a game for you. It's also needed that you are focused so that learning will just be easy.

list bulletMy current job: I am working as a regular employee in one of the offices in our city.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: What we learned in college will always be useful in my career right now. But as a whole, it is still our practical skills and knowledge learned in our area that will we used in our work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months after graduation, I have this offer already.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Bachelor is Science in Information Technology is a well in demand job, both here in the Philippines and abroad. If you will be hardworking enough to find the best institute or organization you like and where you will belong, this course will bring you to better heights. It is one of the careers that one will find fulfilling both in salary and in personal contentment.
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K. S.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Father Saturnino Urios University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: Since I was a child, I already liked technology and stuff. I can easily figure out gadgets like computer, cell phones and Macs. Needless to say, I choose my course because it's my hobby/passion. That's what I'm good at (as what my parents said).

list bulletAbout my college education: As for me, studying the course has been just like a game. I just need to pass the first level to enter the second level. Actually, It's fun and interesting for me since I really want to learn about the course. It's not boring because there's a lot to discover and it's an amazing feeling if you see the output that you have done. It's worth the sleepless nights and eye-bags if you saw your creation. Patience, hard-work, strong-willed, attention to detail and perseverance is the key to finish this game and move on to the next level of your life.

list bulletMy current job: As of now, I work online as a part-time freelancer and I also work in a private sector as a Data Analyst (I'm still in the probationary period since I'm still new)

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes of course. My course is about technical knowledge so It's natural that it will be used. Also, basic in IT like encoding, installing and editing is the usual work. There are also HTML, MS Applications and codes.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already worked online before I graduate and I get the other job just within 1 month.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: I highly recommend this job to all technology lovers. Don't just stick into games, learn how to improve your knowledge. Enroll in this course because it is a high-demand job and highly paid work online and in actual jobs. There are many opportunities out there with this course. You can go to foreign countries if you want a very high salary if you're not contented with Pesos or you can work also work online if you want Dollars. There are so many opportunities, just learn where to find it and grab in immediately.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you want to pursue this course, be prepared to handle the stress and pressure. Just be patient and persevere in what you are doing. It also needs a lot of determination to complete this course. Don't be afraid to fail because of this course failure is normal. You need to fail a thousand times to achieve the best output you want.
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L. B.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Mindanao State University
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletAbout my college education: I find it interesting at first then difficult and lastly challenging!
But most of it is so enjoyable especially when finally it runs... Anyone who get this course will surely and understand me and also agree with me.:)

The skills you need for this course:
English is the basic. You need to know English. I mean, you got to learn how to read and understand English of course. Math skills, analytic skills and also hard work is a must. This skills will be your weapons in problem solving especially in understanding problems that are a bit difficult. In the latter part when you have enough knowledge in making applications, systems, websites, etc., creativity in making GUI is very helpful. Lastly, the one thing that will surely make a student to survive this course is patience. You got to be patient. Giving up is not an option but patience will surely give you some time to think and to collect information. Also you got to rest your mind at least for while.:)

list bulletMy current job: I am a freelance programmer right now. I prefer to be self-employed. However, their is a part of me that wish to be in a company.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I am using what I have learnt from my school, specifically from my Alma mater. However, there are some that I have learnt by my self. When I was still schooling I didn't know how to use adobe Photoshop but after I graduate I download some eBooks and tutorials on how to use it that is why right now I am thinking that I am already expert on this application.
Right now, I am using java language for my stand alone application. I also use Netbeans as my tool in performing this language.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After I graduate I didn't had a chance to find a job, but luckily a company owner found me and ask me to make a program, a software to be used by his company.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: I guess this course is widely needed this time. There are a lot of companies that needs programmers like me. So, employment opportunities are my best pick.
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L. J.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Mapua Institute Of Technology - Makati Campus
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: Weighing the factors on which I must choose, I considered IT because most say that it is in demand nowadays and my peers and family advised me to specialize in this field. In addition to this, seeing the world of business evolving to a much convenient, more critical and technical one urged me to take this course.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned that Information Technology doesn't mainly involve fixing computers. Information Technology is vast and also has it's certain fields. In Mapua, these fields were categorized as our specialization to choose. Since it is IT, different programming languages and technical skills were taught to us, examples are C++, C#, java, Cisco Networking, Oracle, Software Engineering, Project Management, Web Designing, Interface Designing, database, System Analytics Software (specialization) and others.

Some programming assignments and activities were difficult since we are prompted to think logically on some codes and algorithms, but for every hard assignments they give, we learn, and we gain by using it today in the industry and workplace.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a Business Analyst/Consultant/Data Scientist at SAS Philippines.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already had a job offer before I graduated. SAS acquired me because they saw the potential in me, and that Mapua has offered me the course (specialization) they're looking for which is basically SAS.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Remember this, BS Information Technology is not just a technical course that aims for people who can fix computers, because right now, this course is at par with Engineers since it offers a variety of specialization. You can be a Network Engineer or system analyst or data scientist some day as long as you pursue and enjoy what you are doing.

IT doesn't require board exams, but skills and certificates will give you a ton of money in your career.
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M. J.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Bukidnon State University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: I took the course Bachelor of Science in Information Technology because I was allowed to study within my Birthplace. My first choice was Psychology, unfortunately, it wasn't offered in the University where I was sent. Among the other courses, I was quite curious about Technology and how it came to be that's the main reason why I took the course.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned how to program, how to analyze, how to come up with certain algorithms and put it to code. It also helps with your patience because it takes time before the program would run without any bugs. You need to research and put a lot of thinking unto it.
Mathematics was my less liked subject especially calculus. It hurts my head. I enjoyed General Psychology subject and Web designing.

Every semester we were filtered based on our grades. You should at least maintain a 2.25 GPA to continue the course, else, you are advised to shift. It only means you need to focus and study hard.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Customer Services Administrative Aide.
I work in a Government Controlled Corporation. I handle and get applications for new water connections, get complains and do other admin. works.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Socializing skills, technological skills, marketing skills, and analytic skills.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: At most 3 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Yes, I would. In today's trend, technology is booming, cellphone & tablet apps are on sale on the cybermarket. A lot of businesses are offering offshore works you would earn well.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: I would suggest you won't take this course lightly. It is quite hard, but if you were born intelligent or if you're truly interested in taking this course, there won't be a problem. Just learn to love your course, bear with it until the end. You will learn a lot from it. Not the traditional way because the only constant is change and the product of change is technology.
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W. A.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Saint Joseph Institute Of Technology
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: I choose this course because my friends was also taking this course and I thought that it was a easy. I also like this course because I like games since I was a child and this hobby is related to it.

list bulletAbout my college education: BS in Information Technology, for me, was difficult at the same time enjoyable and interesting. It was fun for me because I have friends to share with my difficulties.The journey is not boring at all if you have someone to share it with and if you love your work. It felt like heaven when I finished my first program, it was so difficult that I did not sleep many nights just to finish it and it was so rewarding. It just need hard work and effort at the same time dedication to survive the course.

list bulletMy current job: I work in a hiring website like Odesk as a Freelancer and Data Encoder in a Private Business Entity. As a freelancer, I do data entry, Social Media Marketing and MS applications related job. On the other job, as what the title states, I encode data and other information and other clerical works.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: What is useful is only the basic programs and skills that I gained from my course like data encoding, MS applications, basic programming and HTML. Some are not really applied to my work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already had work before graduating in college but not related to the course. I worked in a Fast Food restaurant until I graduated. I finally have a job that is related to my course after 8 months which is the Data Encoder job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: I will recommend it to the people who really like IT and their fields is in Technology. Don't bother to get this course If you are not patient and you don't love your work because at the end your life will be ruined and you end up failing. The course is nice and with many opportunity. You just need connections to have a better work (Trending nowadays). Salary Level is low if you work in the Philippines because IT is deprived what they are worth. Working online is better because you are treated well with good salary.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: As I said above, hard work and effort at the same time dedication to survive the course.You must be self-motivated to finish each project because sometimes, only yourself can help you, friends are not always there so, you must be independent and trust yourself that you can do it.

My other advice is don't choose SJIT college if you want to have this course because they don't teach well in Information Technology. You should choose a school that specializes this course and that can give a better attention to the with regard to Information Technology.
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H. H.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: Well, Information Technology was a fun and very interesting course. You will learn how to create programs, applications, games, websites, and manage databases and projects.

We had lots of projects which really gave us an idea on what we will face on the real world. We get to practice the things that we have learned in our projects and see the results. The end-result was always the fun part of all our projects.
It was quite difficult at first but when you get the hang of it, it was not that bad. You just need to have the passion and interest in the projects and it will really be easy for you.

list bulletMy current job: My current job is a Web Developer/Programmer/SEO Specialist

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Absolutely. Although, right now if you come to think of it, I am only using around 30 - 40% of what I learned in the University. All the theories I learned were helpful but I cannot apply them all. I can only apply what I learned in database, programming, web development and software engineering.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had a job one week after the graduation. It was really fast because our college helps us find jobs in different areas of the country. They also refer us to some companies and organizations that are looking for IT Specialists.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: Yes, I would recommend others to study Information Technology as long as they have the passion and interest for it. I would recommend it because being an IT graduate could give you lots of job opportunities not only in the Philippines but also around the world. There are lots of job offerings for IT graduates and most of them are high-paying jobs. Not only that, IT grads have the opportunity to innovate, create, and develop applications and websites that could be used all over the world.
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N. J.
◈ Studied BS in Information Technology
◈ At University Of Iloilo
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology: I have always loved computers. I always dreamed of becoming an IT man, and guess what? I did!

list bulletAbout my college education: Information technology would always talk about computers from the hardware to the software. The Systems analysis and designs was the hardest one but thank God, I passed everything. The difficulty of the exams depend on the personality and style of the professor. There are some who would be lax, and some would be very strict. During my time, only 2 enrollees shifted to a different calling. There is one thing that I can never forget, to pass a subject, you need to know what the professor's style is in giving exams and grades.

list bulletMy current job: I am ow currently a loan officer.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I had indeed used my knowledge with technology within my current job. I was the one who has been called if there are repair needs as well as networking internet connections.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated in 2012. I was only hired with my current employer last december 2013. It has been a year since I was hired because I stopped looking for a job to rest and search for the best paying company to compensate my efforts.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Information Technology: It depends. I would recommend IT because it is my course. Just for the record, IT personnel are the backbone of a company. Since most companies are now transacting through a system, IT personnel would be needed in order to maintain the current system. IT personnel mostly receives high pays.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you love computers and want to be techy genius, go for this course. You need to find your passion and if seeing your life with systems and computers, Information technology would be the best for you.
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