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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