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BCS bolsters IT career development support

IT News |  28/06/2011
BCS bolsters IT career development supportBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is taking steps to improve the range of career support tools it offers to IT professionals in the UK.

The body has launched a range of Career Paths as part of a wider initiative to upgrade its professional development products, services and certifications.

BCS Career Paths show individuals what they need to do and consider as they plan their future working lives in the IT sector.

Individual BCS career paths are available in IT governance and information security, project management and support, business analysis, solution development and architecture, software testing and IT service management.

These include information on appropriate certifications to undertake, how they align to BCS' member grades and the SFIAplus skills and competency framework.

Michiel van der Voort, BCS director of international and professional development, said that following consultation with IT professionals, employers, industry experts and training providers, the institute is repositioning its certifications to the BCS Professional Certifications portfolio.

"This is to ensure our certifications portfolio is aligned with our IT skills and competency framework, SFIAplus, and other services from the institute, enabling us to provide IT professionals with more comprehensive and valuable career support," he explained.

"The development of the BCS Career Paths is a clear demonstration of our new positioning. It was instigated to ensure we are providing IT professionals with the career guidance they deserve."

Mr van der Voort said that understanding what you need to do to advance in your chosen career is "very important" for all IT professionals.

He commented that ambition alone can only take individuals so far, as the right skills, professional certificates, networking, career management and professional development are also important aspects to consider.

Posted by John Lynes


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