SetFocus Training Helps Build Job Marketability
The global outsourcing of IT jobs is still a growing concern for IT professionals, especially those who work as developers and coders, jobs that are commonly sent overseas. Industry leaders and associations like the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) recommend additional training and skills development as the best way for IT professionals to stay in the IT job market.
SetFocus, a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, has demonstrated that training can pay off. According to the company’s 2003 Master’s Program Employment Statistics, 100 .NET developers landed domestic IT jobs after completing the Master’s Program—94 percent of all 2003 graduates.
Mary Alice O’Neill, director of career development for SetFocus, said that IT firms commonly outsource low-level coding jobs that do not require face-to-face interaction with clients, but the market is still hot for mid- to high-level .NET developers who have both technical and soft skills. She said .NET Master’s Program graduates were landing jobs as project leads, project managers, liaisons with clients and liaisons with offshore development groups. “This is due in large part to the fact that there are still hundreds of positions that remain vital to application development which rely upon critical client interaction, or ‘face time,’ she said.
The SetFocus .NET Master’s Program is a 13-week full-time course of study. Students in the program write up to 10,000 lines of .NET code while submitting projects as well as taking exams on a weekly basis. Many of the Master’s Program students simultaneously work toward the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) certification in Microsoft C# or Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.
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