How do I become an ICT professional?

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How do I become an information and communications technologies (ICT) professional?

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Indeed a lot of ICT professionals tend to have a background in Computing, Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering, so to have a qualification in one of those fields would be very useful.

However ICT is a lot broader than that, encompassing information management and knowledge sharing, communication transmission (i.e.TV, Radio, Internet, Print, mobile and telephone) and technology ( e.g. computers, softwares, mobile technologies, robotics etc).

As far as i am aware there is no ICT professional body ( or at least one that is vocal) that governs and regulates those in ICT. So, becoming an ICT professional is not complicated as long as you gain the technical expertise in any of the areas mentioned above.

The term ICT only became popular a few years ago as professionals realised that IT (Infomation Technology) involved much more than just computer systems and infact needed a broader perspective when handling and supporting people and corporate information needs.

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  • Ed Tittel
    I agree with Buddy Farr completely, but also have to point out that you can find numerous study guides, courses, and other tools to help prepare for the iCT in case you're not ready to go back to grammar school to start *completely over!* ;-). In fact, if you search on Google using "Information and Communications Technology exam prep" as your search string, you'll be amazed at the various offerings and options that pop up in response. Even if you're past the age when you could get this in the (right) school curriculum, it's never too late to learn something new. I also echo Buddy Farr's idea that if you want more specfiic guidance, you should probably provide more information about your work, life, and educational background. With that information in hand, he or I, if not both of us, can probably dispense some more useful and pointed advice! --Ed--
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  • SamerSh
    Hello
    I was searching for more information about the ICT and how you become a good ICT since I'm little confused about what I should do next with my education and work.
    Mr. Ed Tittel, I would like your opinion, if I should continue and improve myself in ICT.
    I've graduated from Technical Computer College * Studied Computer Automation" then I took the CCNA certificate along with the 1st exam of CCNP. After that I continued my study in the University (Busniss Information Technology) but I didn't finish it.
    I've worked in several companies:
    - Technical call center.
    - Implemented, organized and administrated a whole new program for Clothing Manufacturing Co.
    - IT support in Insurance Co. Worked as Network and system administrator. Also beside that I've been merged with the ICT field by administering the Insurance systems by troubleshooting their problems, fix and improve them.

    That's why I'm confused about what I should do now.
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  • Hopesyn
    Having requisite knowledge, zeal and focus is key. 
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  • ToddN2000
    Proper education and the ambition to chose a career that will always force to keep learning new technology to stay current and in demand.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    ICT is a very vast spectrum. You will have to zero down to a particular direction.
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  • Ghostleader
    What is the difference between a user and a professional IT?
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  • ToddN2000
    @Ghostleader: Look at it this way. The IT professional creates networks, software and application for example. The USER is the consumer of those products. Sometimes depending on the program or app an IT profession can become a user.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    @Ghostleader user is anybody working on a computer and doing some or the other job of the organization but not necessarily working in IT department. A professional IT is part of the IT department having an expertise either in software, hardware, infra, security, or project management.
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  • Hamza12
    I'm a Beginner and I wan't to Know and Become a Professional.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @Hamza12, you did not reveal your academic qualification or professional qualification. Also if you are working or not that is also not disclosed here. What type of professional course/job did you want? Without proper information, it is not possible to provide some good/helpful replies.
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  • ToddN2000
    @Hamza12: The biggest difference is the amount of experience you have. We all can start a job as a beginner and become an expert over the course of time. Sometimes with no additional schooling needed. The job itself may require more education due to the rapid changes of technology and hardware. It's best to get your foot in the door some where as an inter or help desk and get the experience to become an expert. It won't happen overnight it takes time.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Sometimes global certification can help you to get good jobs, while as a fresher. Companies also look the throughout your performance in your study period. As a fresher/ a beginner you must learn first and then you can become a professional after gaining huge experiences.
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