Entry-level jobs to explore as you kickstart your ICT career

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Entry-level jobs to explore as you kickstart your ICT career

The Infocomm Technology (ICT) sector in Singapore is growing, especially with the rate of digital transformation accelerated by the pandemic. As of end-January 2021, more than 12,400 jobseekers were placed into ICT jobs and skills opportunities. There still remain more than 18,700 available jobs, company-hosted traineeships, attachments and training opportunities. This provides a positive outlook for aspiring ICT professionals or even those looking for a mid-career switch.

There’s plenty to explore at the entry-level when it comes to the field of ICT, depending on your passion, skill sets and qualifications. Identifying your interests is essential here.

Here's a quick read on the entry-level ICT jobs available in Singapore which you can consider as you plan out your career pathway.

1. Associate Business Analyst

For starters, Associate Business Analysts are the first to know what an employee needs when they review and document their requirements. As an Associate Business Analyst, you will be analysing new digital solutions before presenting them to employees. This is to ensure that there is no risk of the solution being less than beneficial for both parties involved. Additionally, Associate Business Analysts often work with Product Developers and technical leads to ensure timely and successful project outcomes are achieved. Being the bridge between business and internal stakeholders, a good level of interpersonal skills and communication delivery is thus required for such a role. For mid-careerists who want to pursue a career in tech, you can also get a head start as a Business Analyst through relevant on-the-job training.

To secure this entry-level job in Singapore, a Diploma or Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Analytics, Data Science or related discipline for a recognised University is preferred. 

2. Associate Network Engineer

If you find enjoyment in hands-on work, the Associate Network Engineer role will prove ideal. Network engineers are a vital link in the chain of people who keep our data flowing smoothly. They plan, configure and manage networks to optimise their flow, monitor problems with network systems and troubleshoot any difficulties that occur along the way. A level of customer support is required, especially when communicating with the end users directly to accurately diagnose problems. In addition, they are trained to perform end-to-end software migration, imaging and installation of software patches.

A Diploma in IT or an equivalent Certification will allow you to secure a beginner role, getting you started in this domain. 

3. Developer

For a greater hands-on experience beyond the hardware, go for the Developer role. This requires knowledge in coding, with proficiencies in standard markup frameworks like HTML/XHTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as server-side scripting languages like Ruby and Python. You are also expected to have an understanding of database systems like SQL and Oracle.

A minimum Specialist Certification or Diploma in the domain will bring you through the foundations and prepare you for an entry-level Developer position.

4. Systems Administrator

Responsible for managing, upkeeping and configuring critical IT assets like networks and servers, System Administrators play a very important role in any organisation. They ensure the organisation faces minimal downtime of their IT assets, rendering the need for skilled Systems Administrators in almost every industry. In addition to their daily responsibilities, they are also expected to monitor the performance of the systems, identity loopholes and troubleshoot issues, and strengthen the security and efficiency of the systems.

A minimum diploma in IT may suffice, but it would be advisable to acquire additional certification in this track, which will provide you with niche skills, such as the management of network devices and system security.

5. Associate Software Engineer

Associate Software Engineers are responsible for designing, developing and testing software. They also provide support in updating or improving existing applications so that they work as intended. This requires proficiency in a range of programming languages, which includes Java, Python, C++, and Scala. Essentially, their role is to understand user requirements and create a software solution, through rigorous designing, testing, troubleshooting, debugging and documentation.

A minimum degree or diploma in Computer Science or the equivalent makes it easier to get a head start on this path, while additional certifications in various technical fields are always welcomed.

Start a career in an ever-growing industry

There are more ways to acquire the necessary skill sets in the realm of ICT before beginning your foray into the field. Start early by considering the various career pathways, existing and emerging skills, occupations and job roles in the Skills Framework for Infocomm Technology, which was developed to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning. Moreover, mid-career aspirants looking towards a career in the field can also consider a range of Professional Conversion Programmes, TeSA Mid-Career Advance (TMCA) and Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP) for reskilling.

Additionally, our TMCA jobs for Singaporeans aged 40 years old and above offer prospective roles such as Associate Database Support Engineer and Project Manager.

Dip your toes into the world of ICT with our virtual career fairs and find suitable entry-level ICT jobs in Singapore!

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