10 IT Job Skills In High Demand For 2017 & Beyond!

IT Job Skills In-Demand for 2017

If 2016 was a good year to be in IT, it looks like 2017 is going to be an even better year! Unemployment rates in the IT industry in 2016 were at around 1% in some areas – such as network and web security engineers and software developers and are forecast to fall even more in 2017. Given those numbers, it will come as no surprise that 81% of IT leaders have said that they have a real problem finding IT talent (as found in a recent TEKsystems survey).

10 IT skills that were in high demand for 2016:

  1. UI/UX designers/developers
  2. Full-stack Web & product developers
  3. Network engineers
  4. Security/web security professionals
  5. Mobile Engineers
  6. Data analysts
  7. IT project managers (vertical specific)
  8. Cloud architects/integration
  9. Data scientists
  10. Content Management Systems

 

So, even if you’re not a web security expert or a software developer, there’s still a lot of opportunity out there for you!

Interview With An Expert Recruiter

We spoke to one of the IT recruitment industry’s best in Ireland, Charlene Heaney. Charlene is Co-Founder & Managing Director at HP|konnect.

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We asked Charlene to forecast what the trends for IT recruitment will look like in 2017 for our IT students and graduates:

  1. Do you see the same dominance for recruitment of cyber security experts and software developers so far in 2017?

Absolutely, and it’s going to get stronger as time goes on.  I’ve read a few different articles across the web noting that by 2020 there will be 1 million more jobs, than IT skilled professionals to fill them.  That is a massive gap for any industry.  In our day to day work of recruiting IT professionals, I’m noticing this trend already.  There is so much competition out there for good IT professionals, I will emphasise “good”.  If your students plan their career strategy correctly, they will be in a position to chose what type of work they want.

2. Are there any emerging new trends for in-demand IT skills in 2017?

Much the same as above in 2016, UX/UI is hot right now, and a lot of people in the market moved jobs in 2016, this will slow down a little however the demand is still there.

Look at the last 5-10yrs evolution in both the IT and digital industries.  With the commercialisation of the internet (digital) it has changed how we do business.  Thus, if companies want to remain competitive they have to evolve with the trends which means that “practically” every business will have some sort of IT/Digital bow to their belt, hence the rise in demand of UX/UI designers.  Digital is now mainstream, it’s not the privilege of the big tech companies anymore.  Costs of operating a business online has never been cheaper, which in turn spurs new entrepreneurs to take the risk and creates more jobs in our economy.

So what does all this mean for your students, especially cyber security students?  The more businesses online, the more demand that will generate for cyber security professionals as more laws and compliance will be introduced to protect businesses from cyber threats.  This is a complex industry in itself, however very rewarding one.

For the remaining IT domains, UPC (now Virgin) released an insights report on the affects of digital economy in Ireland in 2014, forecasting a minimum of 150,000 jobs will be created by 2020 in Ireland.

3. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of changing career to enter the IT sector?

The IT sector is a vocation, and a profession in one.  I would encourage people who are thinking about changing careers to seek advice.  Understand what the role entails, talk to people who are currently in the role you desire.  Find out the good aspects and the not so good aspects.  Does this career fit into your ideal lifestyle?  Changing careers is a big decision and should be carefully considered as you may have to start at the bottom again.

The IT industry is one of the best industries to be in, you will be at the forefront of innovation, be part of something that’s bigger than yourself and could possibly change history.  It’s exciting, it’s very very challenging and IT is here to stay forever…

4. What qualities do you look for in the ideal candidate?
  • Education
  • Skills / experience
  • Attitude / personality
5. How can you best upskill to keep ahead of the pack?

Keep an eye on the market trends for your chosen field.  Network and find out what you should be learning.  Read industry blogs and attend events and meetups.  Meetups are a great way to network, and are pretty informal/friendly atmosphere.

Have personal projects – hiring managers love to see candidates who have personal side-projects.  It shows you are enthusiastic and passionate about what you do, while helping you to upskill and learn more about your chosen field.

Take The First Step To A New Career In IT Today!

To reflect the current trends in IT Skills, Kilroy’s College IT Department is proud to announce that it has just launched 2 new online CIW courses in Web Security and Data Analytics. Or take a look at our full range of IT courses to find an online course that really interests to you.

Each course can be completed in as little as 160 hours of learning effort and successful completion leads to a CIW certificate.  CIW is the most recognised vendor-neutral Web technology education programme in the world.

So, what are you waiting for?  Enrol today and start your journey towards a brighter future in this exciting, new and brave digital world!

6 Steps to Funding for Job Seekers

Now is the perfect time to get back to the books and start working towards a new qualification – at your own pace during the summer months.  Kilroy’s College has extended its summer learning offer into July with up to 50% off most of our distance training courses to accommodate prospective students who are thinking of up-skilling or changing career.

Our Hottest Discounts Yet!

Funded Training Courses

Did you know that job seekers who wish to participate on our extensive range of online and correspondence distance learning courses may be eligible to avail of Department of Social Welfare funding? The allocation of funding for participation in one of our courses, is at the discretion of your local Social Welfare advisor. It is dependent upon two key criteria:

  1. The availability of funding at the time of application and
  2. The applicant’s ability to satisfy the eligibility criteria.

 

Occasionally employers also fund courses either fully or partially and local charitable organisations may assist with fee contributions, if approached. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask!

6 Steps To Success

Schedule a Meeting To Chat About Your Preferred Course

Department of Social Welfare Funding

To make an application for funding for your preferred course from the Department of Social Welfare the following 6 steps must be completed:

  1. Schedule A Meeting

Arrange an appointment with a job facilitator in your local Department of Social Welfare office to check your eligibility for funding.  We advise you to print off the course details that are of interest to you and take them with you to the meeting to show your local employment officer.

  1. Be Proactive

During the meeting with your Department of Social Welfare job facilitator, be proactive and explain to the facilitator that completing the training course is key to your back to work plan.

  1. Funding Form

If you are successful in obtaining funding, your facilitator will provide you with a funding form.  Please complete the relevant section of this form.

  1. Post

Please then post your form to Kilroy’s College, Wentworth House, Lower Grand Canal Street, FREEPOST, D02 Y970, Dublin  2 and we will fill out the rest of the form. We will then return the completed form, together with any other necessary documentation directly to your local social welfare office.

  1. Enrol

If you are successful in obtaining your funding please then contact our Admissions team to book your place on the training course.

  1. Approval & Verification

We will then obtain an Approval & Verification form from your Social Welfare advisor (which must be signed by you and by the College upon successful completion of your course).  You are then good to go!

Digital Photography New Online Course!

Make Extra Income As A Freelance Photographer

Learn Essential Photography Skills

Our new Digital Photography distance learning course will teach you the essential skills necessary to improve the quality level of your picture taking, have great competency in all aspects of camera controls and technique including exposure, composition, lighting, digital editing and image presentation.

Camera Equipment Explained

It will also explain what camera equipment will work best for you, what’s recommended and what’s not essential. As you complete each of the lessons, you will gain photography skills that can help with your career or that are for enjoyment and personal use.

New Online Course

You can study this new digital photography course online entirely from home with a personal tutor to guide you through all the lessons. In joining us for this six module course, you will undertake a journey through the amazing world of photography. Photographs can be memorable, interesting and they can qualify as fine art. They can also be entered into competitions and also serve as a means of extra income when sold as stock photography on sites.

10 Places To Sell Stock Photography

Once you have completed your online digital photography course you could consider selling your work as stock photography and earn extra income!  Here are ten very good places to sell stock photography.

Digital Photography Personal Tutor

We are proud to have an award winning, expert, digital photographer working with us on course development and tutoring – Mark McCall.

Mark gives his students in-depth, constructive criticism and helpful feedback on their work and is an invaluable source of information and guidance for those students who wish to enter the marketplace as freelance photographers.

Want To Learn More For Less?

Our Hottest Discounts Yet!

Catch our hottest summer discount offer while it is still live until midnight June 30th 2017 and save 50% on our new online digital photography course fees!

Childcare Courses By Distance Learning

At Kilroy’s College we really value having students contact us to tell us about their experience in our nationally recognised distance learning training courses. This week, Lisa Wright (our resident blogger), was privileged to hear from one of our recent QQI childcare training graduates, Sarah Finlay.

Sarah Finlay (recent graduate of our QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Curriculum minor award programme)

Childcare Training Success Story -Unwrapped!

 

LW: “Sarah, what inspired you to to go back to education and work towards your QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (6M2007)?

SF: “About eight years ago I got a summer job in a creche and found it was the right job for me.  It became a legal requirement to have a qualification when working with Early Years so I decided to go and complete my QQI level 6“.

LW: “How did you hear about Kilroy’s College and our distance learning childcare programmes?”

SF: “I searched for distance courses online and came across Kilroy’s College and it offered exactly what I was looking for”.

LW: “Which programme did you enrol in?”

SF: “I enrolled in the QQI Level 6 minor certificate in Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944)”.

LW: “Did you find it easy to complete the 12 week programme?”

SF: “Yes definitely.  After enrolling in the course I received a course folder which had absolutely everything I needed in it to complete the course.  I just read all the materials (which wasn’t too much either and contained very easy to read materials) and just followed the tutor’s instructions within the folders”.

LW: “Had you an experience of taking any other home study courses in the past?”

SF: ” Never!  I was nervous at first as I had been in full time and part time courses and swore I would never do a distance learning course – as I didn’t believe I would sit down in my own time and work – but with a two and a half year old and working part time it was the best option for me.  Now I don’t think I would do anything other than distance courses”.

LW: “Some of our students contact local creches to find a work placement for their course.  How did you go about finding a creche for your supervised work placement?”

SF: “I was lucky enough to be working in a creche so I had no issue here”.

LW: “Was it an easy process to apply for Garda vetting?”

SF: “I had Garda vetting when I started in September and it was quick – it took about two weeks when using Early Childhood Ireland“.

LW:”When you went into the creche to complete your work placement did you find it enjoyable?”

SF: “Absolutely!  I love working with young children especially the pre-school room, which this certificate allows me to do now”.

Creativity in the pre-school classroom

LW: “Would you recommend the programme to others who are thinking about working in the childcare sector in Ireland or who would like to up skill from QQI level 5?”

SF: “Yes definitely.  It is an easy course to follow and Kilroy’s College offer so much support and the tutors are always just an email away.  The modules are run over twelve weeks which is ideal and there is very little pressure.  Again the folders are perfect and if you follow the tutor’s instructions you will pass with flying colours”.

LW: “How did you get on in the course?  Were you happy with your result?”

SF: “I did really well and received a distinction in this course.  I failed this module in another College so I was delighted to have done so well.  It was my final module for my level 6.”

LW: “What are you most looking forward to next in your learning journey?”

SF: “I was having a little look at the Child Psychology courses with Kilroy’s College as it’s something that I have always had an interest in”.

Want to learn more for less?

Why not take a look at our full range of online and correspondence courses which are discounted by up to 50% until midnight Friday June 16th 2017!

Garda Recruitment Online Course

Garda Recruitment 2017

News Update! On May 11th a new competition for selection of Garda trainees was announced by Public Jobs.

Application forms are available on www.publicjobs.ie and the closing date is 3pm on Thursday June 1st 2017. It is suggested by the Commissioner that applicants apply well in advance of the closing date in case they experience any technical difficulties.

New Online Course

In order to help students to prepare for the Garda Recruitment competition Kilroy’s College has launched a new online course, which contains online practice tests for all aptitudes tested – as well as tips and tricks to help students with the online application form, report writing exercise and the interview stage.

Garda College (Templemore) graduates

Our unique Garda Recruitment test preparation course, which has been co-authored by a serving member of An Garda Siochana, has a proven, very successful track record. We know which preparation yields the best results in the Garda Recruitment tests. Our new online course is completely updated and is totally relevant to the current Garda Recruitment campaign.

Garda Trainee Selection Competition

We can prepare you to be ready to face the Garda Recruitment competition with confidence, so that the whole selection process becomes clearer to you. Remember only the highest placed candidates in Stage one will be invited to go on to Stage two in the Garda Recruitment competition!

Instant Access

Enrol online through our Online Campus and you will then get immediate access to the full online Garda Recruitment course.

Garda Recruitment Correspondence Course

If you prefer to receive a hard copy of the Garda Recruitment course instead please just choose “self-study pack” as your delivery method when you enrol online through the website.  Or please phone Student Services on (01) 639 4660 to enrol during office hours and we will organise this for you.

Your self-study pack will be couriered to you the next working day.

Garda Recruitment Self-Study Pack

Course Fees

The fees for the full course, which covers Stages 1-3 of the Garda Recruitment competition are just €135 – the best value on the market today!
Read the full Public Jobs update here

Cyber Security Online Training Course

Cyber Security: know your enemies: people, not computers!

Did you know that recent data published by global cyber security experts Kaspersky Lab revealed that 80% of all cyber incidents are caused by human error?  Businesses lose millions recovering from staff-related incidents.  It is recommended that every online business should have a trained in-house or out-sourced cyber security expert to support staff members and to protect networks.

Cyber Security Unwrapped

CIW Web Security Associate

To support the global cause to create a healthier Internet, Kilroy’s College will shortly be launching a new Cyber Security online course.  This CIW Web Security Associate course will teach you how to secure your network from unauthorised activity.  It will teach you about security principles, such as establishing an effective security policy and about the different types of hacker activities that you are most likely to encounter.  Individuals with these security skills can pursue or advance careers in many aspects of online and network security.

Certification

The CIW Web Security Associate course prepares candidates to take the CIW Web Security Associate exam.

Average Salary – €62,500 for Web Security Associate

The 2015 annual mean salary of an IT professional who has been awarded the CIW Web Security Associate certification is €62,500.  This salary was calculated based on 14,000+ IT professionals who responded to the 2016 IT Skills and Salary survey that was conducted by Global Knowledge in September 2015.

Target Audience

  • Network Server administrators
  • Firewall administrators
  • Systems administrators
  • Application developers
  • IT security officers

Skills Taught

  • Corporate network security policies
  • Authentication procedures, encryption standards and implementations
  • Ports and protocols that hackers manipulate
  • Proactive detection and response/reporting methods
  • Preventing and managing hacker penetration

10% Early Bird Discount

If you would like to register your interest for this course please email lisa@kilroyscollege.ie and you will automatically be entitled to a 10% early bird discount off the course fees.

Full details of this course

Freelance Journalism Distance Course – A Success Story

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Freelance Journalism In Action

3 Tips To Success As A Freelance Journalist

1. Take a short training course in freelance journalism

Our Freelance Journalism course has been taken by hundreds of students since the course was launched over twenty years ago.  The whole genre of journalism has changed dramatically in the digital age and our Freelance Journalism home study course has evolved and been adapted by our expert course writers to meet the needs of the changing face of freelance journalism.

Another good educational resource is the BBC Academy which offers a broad range of online resources that freelance journalists may find useful.

Their range of weekly podcasts are particularly interesting and informative for those who are thinking about a career in television, radio or online.

2. Join an online community of journalists

This is a good way to exchange tips and ideas with fellow journalists.  There are many options available but we like Journobiz Forums – it is free to join and can be a great source of information.  You can also search on social media and look on Twitter or for a Facebook group.  LinkedIn For Journalists includes advice and information for all journalists, including freelancers.

3. Register with a freelance journalist directory

Online paid directories like Upwork and Journalism.co.uk can also be worth considering.  They will take some of the pain out of connecting with industry professionals and, more importantly, can help you to network with fellow industry professionals and get published.

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Interview Time

7 Reasons To Enrol

I recently interviewed a Kilroy’s past Freelance Journalism student Joe Scully. Joe had contacted our Careers team to let them know that he was delighted with his qualification and that he had just got published!

LW: “What inspired you to go back to education?”

JS: “I have always wanted to be a journalist, but for one reason or another, I never got around to doing anything about it.  I never did my Leaving Certificate, so I always felt that I could not get involved in journalism without it.  However once I found out about this course I just decided to go for it.”

LW: “How did you hear about Kilroy’s College and our personal tutor-supported home study courses?”

JS: “I heard about Kilroy’s from a friend who had done a course and looked it up on the Internet and found the course that I was interested in – Freelance Journalism“.

LW: “Did you find it easy to complete the self-paced course within the twelve month time limit?”

JS: “Yes.  I found it very easy”.

LW: “Have you ever had any experience of taking any other distance learning course in the past?”

JS: “No – this was my first experience, but I would recommend the course to anyone thinking of returning to education”.

LW: “Which topic did you personally find the most challenging, and did you find our course helpful and useful in getting to grips with that topic?”

JS: “I never really found much of the course all that difficult, the hardest part was getting started I suppose. The course was very useful though in helping me, in several ways.  Mainly it gave me the confidence to believe I could become a journalist and put the tools in place for me to further my career.”

LW: “Which section of the course did you find the most enjoyable?”

JS: “I found the assignment on interviewing someone the most enjoyable by far. I would be a shy person by nature but to have the confidence to approach someone has helped me a lot.  Doing research on the person and interviewing them and listening to them speak, was something I really enjoyed.

LW: “I know that you have recently had an article published – congratulations!  What are you most looking forward to next in your career as a freelance journalist?”

JS: “I am looking forward to having many more articles published and to exploring more avenues.  Also continuing to learn as I move forward.  I am also looking forward to meeting new people and hearing their opinions on all kinds of different subjects.  I am most looking forward to doing as much writing as I can”.

 What to learn more?

Request a Freelance Journalism eBrochure.

 

 

 

Distance & Online Courses – Discounted By Up To 50%!

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QQI Certificates & Much More!

Our qualifications range from QQI certificates, IT & computer skills certificates, diplomas and short courses.  Whatever you want to study, we’re sure to have the right course for you.

Life-Enhancing Learning

Our students can enrol at any time of the year and the College is open all year round.  Learners work at their own pace (within their given course limit) and are guided every step of the way through their studies by their very own personal tutor.  Our Student Services team is also on hand Monday-Friday to help with any query – no matter how big or how small.

Whether you intend to improve or transform your career, pursue a new interest or even change the world – you can enjoy life-enhancing learning all year round.

Online Dog Grooming Courses

Dog lover, Louise, always wanted to do a Dog Grooming course but, as a busy owner of eight dogs, she had her hands full!  She needed a flexible and affordable way to study for her dog grooming diploma and realise her dream.  Read Louise’s story.

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Louise in action at her business “Groom by Louise”

Career Preparation Courses

Mature Nursing & Midwifery Course

And learn how Aisling Doyle set herself the challenge of studying for the Mature Nursing & Midwifery test with Kilroy’s and was offered her first choice in the CAO to study as a mature student in Trinity College Dublin in Nursing in September 2016.

Returning to Academia

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Returning To Academia?

Leaving Certificate Courses

Sometimes, people study with Kilroy’s College to fill a knowledge gap, perhaps having missed the traditional academic path earlier in life.

Our students are living & breathing proof that our Leaving Certificate studies can fit around your busy life.

Find out how Helen Rogers returned to academia as a mature student after taking our Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish course and is now studying at Hibernia College for a Masters in Primary Education.

On the subject of returning to academia: have you viewed our leaving certificate courses?

What would you love to learn?

There is simply no better time to start than right now – with course fees discounted by up to 50%.

Find out more!

Enquiry Form

 

Online Leaving Certificate Intensive Revision Course

Kilroy’s College is proud to launch its new short online intensive revision Leaving Certificate course.  The course enables you to gain continuous and vital Leaving Certificate oral and written exam question practice from home – whilst under the supervision of personal tutor.  All tutors are experienced Leaving Certificate secondary school teachers. You are given access to superb notes and practice exam questions with model answers.  Everything you need to succeed is included in this new, unique, intensive, online revision course.

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Keep on studying with our support right up to your exam date!

Students can choose to enrol in up to fourteen major Leaving Certificate subjects, both at Higher and Ordinary Levels.

Practice Makes Perfect

Leaving Certificate 2017 timetable has now been published and  Leaving Certificate students are busy preparing themselves for their modern language subject oral examinations, which typically take place around Easter time, and for the crucial written examinations which commence on June 7th 2017.

Once you have covered the topics in your revision schedule the best way to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching Leaving Certificate examination is to practice oral and written answers to as many questions as possible.  Kilroy’s College can help you do this.

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