The modern business world has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. The advent of cheap computers has meant that any business, no matter how small, can now afford to run their operations using a complex network that requires programming to work at maximum efficiency. Constant upgrades and maintenance of computer systems has led to the growth of a vital job in IT – the computer programmer.
Computer programming can cover every aspect of IT – from maintaining a website to completely reprogramming an entire network system. Consequently, computer programmers need to constantly update their skills set to match the ever-changing technology with which they work. Launching a career as a programmer can appear to be a daunting task at first, particularly if you only have limited experience of working with computers, but with the right training anyone can develop a career as a programmer.
Computer programming courses teach you the ‘nuts and bolts’ of programming, and yes, it does involve learning another language – C#. This is the universal language used by nearly all computer programmes, and once you are fluent in C# your skills set can be taken all over the world. However, the most important factor in developing a career as a computer programmer is to have what is known as ‘accreditation’ and for this you need to choose the right computer programming course.
One of the most highly regarded and universally considered ‘accredited’ courses are the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS: ASP.NET) and the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD: Web Developer) certifications. In both cases, these programming qualifications involve the C# development language and will introduce you to the fundamental skills needed to further a career in computer programming. The MCPD certification track extends to building interactive, data-driven web-based applications – one of the fastest growth areas of IT technology. All businesses are now realising that an online presence is vital if they are to compete in a global market, and good web developers are highly prized and very well paid.
Once you have achieved MCTS Training or MCPD accreditation, you can expect to earn up to £40k a year with experience. The best way to achieve these highly sought after qualifications is to undertake a ‘distance’ learning programme with an accredited IT skills provider. Look for providers who carry the Microsoft Gold Standard accreditation and can offer you a flexible course that enables you to learn whilst you continue to work in your current job. Alternatively, talking to your employer and explaining to them that you are looking for career development by gaining accreditation as a programmer is a good way to achieve financial sponsorship to complete the course, particularly if your employer uses Microsoft systems.MCITP Training
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