Hi there! This one is for Satya who commented on my last blog and asked if he is really missing out on IT by going for Commerce. Well Satya, the reason I replied to your concern in a new post is that I realized it is a question on pretty much every one’s mind who goes for commerce. So here I am. J
When I did the Information Technology/Software program from NIIT, a lot of people had the same question – is IT and Commerce a mismatch?
Well, first of all IT is important in every field/industry. Very Important infact. And students need not necessarily get into hard core IT, not at all! Because IT can be used to enhance one’s productivity even if one is not a hard core IT professional. The modern collaborative, work environment regardless of industry or sector demands the right IT skills for efficient & smart work. And so my personal belief is that everyone must be prepared for such a scenario with the right IT skills.
Having said that I must point out that IT professionals need not just be engineers or IT graduates as is commonly believed. You may be surprised to know that a large percentage of knowledge professionals today are graduates in Arts, Commerce and Science! So if you dream of a career in IT, don’t be disheartened if you are studying Commerce cuz you can still be an IT professional!
IT professionals work in wide array of industries . For example, both IT related and non IT related like Advertising, Telecom, Management etc require IT professionals. In fact, there are three broad streams that one can work towards: Software Engineering, Infrastructure Management and Information Management. With the latter two, you will not just be restricted to IT companies since other industries like banking, retail, telecom are also big users of IT and require IT professionals.
Also, I have some interesting news to share with you – NIIT is launching a program called the GNIIT Business Systems & Information Management program. This might interest commerce students like Satya. This program revolves around Business Processes, Information Systems and Business Intelligence Technologies, along with other things. This means what? Well, simply put the key to thriving in a competitive marketplace is staying ahead of the competition. Making sound business decisions based on accurate and current information takes more than intuition. Data analysis, reporting, and query tools can help businesses wade through a sea of data to synthesize valuable information from it – these tools collectively fall into a category called ‘Business Intelligence’. (And I am quoting a Gartner Report here!) - So you see? This is a catch for all the commerce people who have an interest in and aptitude for IT. What do you say?
I say IT is a must in todays’ life. Any field you chose, any industry you see, IT is the backbone. Besides, how cool it is to be in a position of a CA and still being able to figure out your laptop and your softwares? There! You got the picture now.
Man, in order to write this, I had to dig a lot of information from my gang, and I realized that in all the hum drum of life and work, I was being a lil’ laid back in catching the latest buzz and interesting updates. Phew! Now I take a blood oath (okay, may be not a blood oath, but a simple promise to myself) that I will be glued on to news like this along with my regular technology interests. Hmph.
Moral of the story is IT fits well with almost everything and everyone, unlike dresses. hehe..This reminds me of a cute cartoon I came across on this amazing site. Sharing it with you.
Okay, time to review a company for one of my clients (it is a curse not being able to speak about work in detail, like naming people, client and all, but work is work. And besides, I love my work too much to mix it up with anything.) So I will have to rush. Hope to be more regular. Keep the comments coming in people.