Not Everyone is Cut Out for IT. Pay $10 to find out if you have what it takes.
By Allen Chow
SuperProf mentor and instructor, Tony Li has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. In his career, he has met a lot of very talented individuals who have become very successful IT professionals, working with the latest technology and delivering solutions to companies like Amgen, NBC Universal, Farmers Insurance, Sony Pictures Entertainment and many more. But Tony admits, he has also met a handful of people who had tried and failed because they didn't have what it takes to become an IT professional.
Some people think they can enroll in a Data Management course and become a data expert. Others learn a programming language like Python and think they can work with Google or Facebook.
Tony Li is working with Open Solutions to provide an assessment program for people thinking about going into the IT industry. Open Solutions would like to offer a mini-course on Business Analysis, Data Modelling and Database Design. People thinking about enrolling to a College, Technical School or University to enter the Computer Science or Data Science faculties should consider paying $10 for a mini-course that will tell them if they are going to be successful or not. It will either be a 'Yes, you have what it takes' or a 'No, go study something else'. The $10 is a small price to pay for a mini-course that teaches the student how to write business requirements, or how to produce an Entity-Relationship Diagram or how to design a physical database. Each mini-course has assignments that the student completes and sends in to an IT professional who will assess their work. From the submission, the IT professional will provide his or her honest review and opinion about the student's ability to grasp IT concepts. Tony suggested he is interested in seeing if the student has the depth that is needed to be an outstanding IT professional.
If you are interested in paying $10 to find out if you have the skills to succeed as one of the following: Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Modeller or Database Designer, contact Tony Li at SuperProf.ca and ask for the Open Solutions Career Assessment mini-courses.
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