3 Ways To Land Your Dream Job in the Infocomm Technology Sector

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3 Ways To Land Your Dream Job in the Infocomm Technology Sector

Powered by a highly digital economy, it comes as no surprise that the Infocomm Technology (ICT) sector is an area primed with opportunities. With about 18,000 jobs and skills opportunities being made available to Singaporeans across the digital economy as of August 2020, the ICT sector boasts attractive long-term career prospects for fresh graduates and professionals considering a mid-career switch.

From data analytics and software applications engineering to business operations support, the scope of opportunities in the ICT sector is far and wide, encompassing industries like healthcare, tourism, trade, and logistics. As every company is bound to be technology-driven in more ways than one, learning tech skills is encouraged for professionals across the board.

1. Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) for ICT Sector

The rapid adoption of technology in most industries is a push factor for professionals to develop or deepen their tech skills. Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) are a way for Professionals, Managers, Executives, and Technicians (PMETs) to embark on a mid-career switch through the Place-and-Train route.

It’s only natural that PMETs would experience resistance to switch to a job that they have no experience or skills in. However, these career conversion programmes allow professionals to receive structured on-the-job training with ICT industry leaders. Roles available include Technical Support Executive, IT Desktop Support Executive, Data Analyst, Salesforce Platform Professional, AI Solutions Developer and Digital Marketing Specialist.

2. SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme

By offering work-study attachments for newly-minted graduates to get a head start in career fields relating to their study, the SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme (WSP) combines the practical and theoretical to build on the knowledge and skills required.

Not only does this connect employers with eligible graduates in the ICT sector, but it also eases the transition for both parties in terms of corporate culture, work skills, people management capabilities, and other nuances in work environments. The WSPs are beneficial for ICT graduates in more ways than one:

   1. Earning full-time employment quickly

As ICT-related WSPs are designed with sector relevance in mind, there is a lower risk of skill misalignment as graduates are being groomed to take up suitable roles over time. They are also empowered with the ability to receive specialised training while working, reducing the opportunity cost of forgoing either one.

   2. Learning through in-company mentorship

Picking up practical work experience and technical skills are indispensable across industries but more so in the ICT sector. WSPs offer a synergy between in-company training and knowledge learnt in school, allowing for better integration and application of skills in ICT-specific real-world problems.

   3. Developing a clear career path 

With clear talent development plans put in place by companies, ICT graduates are able to continue working for them with the opportunity for career development or wage increment. This works as a win-win situation for both parties involved as it only makes sense to retain the talent groomed under the company’s mentorship.

3. Upskill and Reskill with TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA)

A tripartite initiative by the Singapore Government, ICT industry, and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) allows non-ICT professionals and those currently holding tech jobs to upskill and reskill to acquire in-demand skills.

Training opportunities

The Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP) is designed to convert non-ICT professionals into industry-ready ICT professionals. Trained by industry practitioners, professionals undergoing this programme will be equipped to take on roles such as Web Developers, Mobile App Developers and User Experience Designers.

In a time of automation, some jobs will require consistent upskilling and reskilling, especially ICT-related jobs. Likewise, the Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP+) helps professionals to build specialised in-demand ICT skills to stay relevant through courses and certifications.

Job opportunities

For fresh and mid-career professionals, the Company-Led Training (CLT) and TeSA Mid-Career Advance (TMCA) programmes provide structured on-the-job training to acquire competencies for jobs in demand. Fresh graduates will be well-equipped to take on any new challenges in a fast-evolving industry. Plus, professionals aged 40 and above are able to hold a tech-related job while receiving on-the-job training for in-demand tech skills, keeping them current with the ebbs and flows of the job market.

Get the job you want in the ICT sector easily

Whether you have experience in the ICT sector doesn’t matter. These three pathways kill two birds with a stone: they present the opportunity to pick up in-demand tech skills through mentorship from participating employers, which enhances your employability.

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