Testimonials of BS in Information Technology Graduates from the Philippines

J. I.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU) , Davao City
Graduated: 2008

Why did I choose this course:
Ever since I was young I loved cartoons and animations. When I was young I loved to draw animals and cartoon characters. At my high school days I even got addicted to animation that one time at class I didn’t listen to the teacher instead I drew anime characters.

About my college education:
I.T. as a course was fun since I get to learn more about computers. I also get to enhance my skills in Video / Photo Editing and Graphic design. I didn’t have too much difficulty on our assignments, projects, and exams since I was really enjoying the course. Some of my classmates gave up, but not me I was more eager and determined to finish the course.

My current job:
Currently I am in Canada and I do credit card processing, payroll, and gift card sales. They have a couple of different items that they sell but credit cards and payrolls are sort of my forte. I am somewhat like a processing staff for credit cards, and gift card sales. What I mostly do is make report on sales and I persuade people why they should invest in credit cards.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Other than I have a better understanding on computers now, I also have better understanding on how technology can innovate people. I am glad to say that I took Information technology because most of the lessons that were taught are being well applied at my current occupation.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Year 2009 my first job was to work as a crew in a gaming center. It was owned by a close family friend, He was also an IT graduate. He said that I should work as crew there just for working experience so that after I could easily apply for any IT related jobs in the future.

Do I recommend studying B.S. in Information Technology:
If they were to choose were to study I recommend that they study at a better I.T. school because they would have better knowledge on the course. Also they would have bigger chances on having a high paying job.


Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
I encourage them to take this course in Ateneo Manila or abroad. I am not saying that taking I.T. here in Davao is a bad idea but of course if you want to have a vast knowledge in technology and computers my advice is to take the course on a much better university.
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J. G.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at University Of Mindanao , Davao City
Graduated: 2013

Why did I choose this course:
I really wanted to enrich my knowledge on computers. I love it when I try to find a solution on how to fix things. And one of the hardest things to fix nowadays are computers.

About my college education:
By reading my books, taking notes, and being attentive all can be easy, the only thing that was hard for me was my thesis.

My current job:
Now I’m a freelancer and I help my mother with her business.
As a freelancer I fix pc issues, troubleshooting, reformat PCs and I do some graphic designs.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I learned that if I want to be successful in life, I must not depend on others I must persevere and always aim for my goals in life. Never stop dreaming and never lose hope.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I had my first job as a internet café custodian 3 months after my graduation. I monitor people who rent the café computers, I troubleshoot most issues regarding PCs and repair Softwares.

Do I recommend studying B.S. in Information Technology:
I encourage people for this course who are interested in learning more not just on computers but also in technology. Internet has many uses nowadays and it's still evolving, you can even earn at home with just the aid of the computer and internet.

After graduating you can also be a technical support specialist which salary ranges from P11,000 – P16,000/month.


Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
For students who want to take B.S.I.T as their course, before deciding to take a certain course he/she must think twice before applying. Take I.T. If you really want to know more about computers not because for the reason of getting better at computer games.
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H. A.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at Benguet State University , La Trinidad
Graduated: 2014

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

About 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.

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

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
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.

Advice 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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Jamie Rose L. Aguinaldo
Studied BS in Information Technology
at University Of Pangasinan , Dagupan City
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
Because I grew up in a family where "facing the computer" is some-sort of a hobby every week and it turned out that I would be curious what makes those things work.

About my college education:
Let me put it this way, Microsoft Office & Dota is NOT equals to Information Technology. It is more of the logical part, logical thinking. Programming is said to be difficult part of the IT-stuff. But hey, with patience and understanding you can be best buddies with programming.

Passing the exams would be difficult if, first, you didn't study or it's just that your professor made the exam be difficult, so be prepared. Many from my class failed the exam and I once was one of those students, but we had many chances to pass. I think, half of my classmates, shifted to another course.

When it comes to traits and attitudes, you have to be a logical thinker, think deeper, be rational, be that guy who questions everything, and be patient.

My current job:
I'm a mobile app developer. I develop apps for Android and iOS. You see that apps installed on your phones and tablets? Yes, we make those kind of stuff possible.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
1 month, I guess, before my graduation, I already had a job offer. The company where I was taking my OJT that time gave me a job offer. So 2 weeks after my graduation, I already started working.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
IT might be hard, programming can be tough, but you guys are tougher than that. You just need to clear your mind, remove unnecessary thoughts, don't rush things, and think step by step. You are not going to study the importance of Microsoft Office in our lives for 2 to 4 years, come one, but you are going to study what are the things to make some innovations and ideas of today's and the future's mind to make it possible. It might be a big idea, but hey, you can achieve it step by step.
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M. G.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at Cagayan De Oro College - Phinma Education Network , Cagayan de Oro
Graduated: 2013

Why did I choose this course:
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.

About 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.


My 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.

Am 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.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
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.

Do I recommend studying BS in 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!

Advice 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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James Lerwin Dela Pena
Studied BS in Information Technology
at STI College - Fairview , Quezon City
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
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.


About 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.

My 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.

Am 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.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
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.

Do I recommend studying BS in 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.

Advice 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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A. B.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at University Of The East , Manila
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
It is because I'm a "techie" person. I want know how hardware parts and software programming. Also, my parents wanted me to earn big when I land a job.

About my college education:
I learned a lot from my course. I know now how to code programs from simple module to a fully functioning system. I can also work with my technical skills now like picking the good hardware parts for a gaming PC.

Subject that is the most difficult for me is Humanities - Art Appreciation. I'm not a creative person so I think I have difficult time in doing rationalization on simple art. Most useful thing I learned are becoming an organize person and maximize my time management skills.

Passing the exams was not that difficult if you put a lot of effort in reviewing. Most of the questions were taken from the syllabus or from the prescribed book. In my batch, few students failed the exams. As far as I can remember, only 3 of my close friends shifted to another course. Most of us, in tact.

You must be very logical and systematic when you are in this course. Mainly because programming use your logical skills on how to deal with problems and come up with the best solution. You have to imagine that programming is like teaching a baby (the computer) on how to do something (the task) on a step-by-step basis. It needs a lot of patience, perseverance and critical thinking.

My current job:
As of now, I am a jobless undergrad. It has been 2 months and a half since I graduated but I don't have a job. Hopefully, soon. :)

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
It is fun! Everyone must try it. All you have to do is to enhance your logical skills and have time management. I can say everyone can create a program/module if you have the drive to learn programming. You must put your heart into it.
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Joriel Fronda
Studied BS in Information Technology
at University Of Pangasinan , Dagupan City
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
First I enrolled BS in Nursing in my Alma Mater, but we can't afford to continue my studies in this field due to financial problem. So I shifted to Information Technology, I thought IT was the easiest among other courses but unfortunately not.

About my college education:
As time past by I loved my degree because even though it's hard and nerve wracking, it's challenging and it helps me boost my knowledge on computers because during my high school days I've got good grades. My choice to enter this field was worth it.

I have learnt web development, mobile programming both iOS and Android, networking, basic animation, photoshop, hardware repairing etc. The most difficult subject for me is Statistics, COA and Discrete Mathematics.

The most useful things I've learnt is Mobile programming (android and iOS) and I think these is our edge among the universities in the province or regions because we are the first university that offers iOS and Android programming.

Passing of exams is difficult when you're not prepared but it's easy as 123 if you prepared 2 weeks before the examination period. Many students shifted to other courses because they all knew that IT is easy, but started to get mad when it come to Programming subjects, many of the students failed to pass these subject.

For you to survive in this course you must study hard and keep focus for you to catch up with things everyday. Keep in mind if others can why can't you.

My current job:
I'm a Mobile Developer/Programmer, we are the one who developed applications for mobile devices like Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I've used my knowledge in mobile development (Android and iOS).

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I got absorbed in the company where I rendered my OJT for almost 5 months. So, I've started to work after my graduation.

Do I recommend studying BS in Information Technology:
To all the people who wants challenge and wants to prove themselves, take BS in Information Technology other than it's in-demand due to growing technology, it'a also one of the highest paid job.

There are a lot of employment opportunities here due to growing technology.
A fresh graduate can have a salary as low as 12K and as high as 20K. More experiences are waiting because you can learn other IT fields like web development.
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Why did I choose this course:
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.

About 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.

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

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

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

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

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in 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.

Advice 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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N. J.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at University Of Iloilo , Iloilo City
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
I have always loved computers. I always dreamed of becoming an IT man, and guess what? I did!

About 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.

My current job:
I am ow currently a loan officer.

Am 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.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
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.

Do I recommend studying BS in 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.

Advice 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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