Thomas Bibby wrote:
>>I have a (possibly very cheekily off-topic) question about 'crossover'
>postgraduate IT courses.
>>My sister graduates from an arts undergrad course in UCC (Italian +
>Maths) this summer. She took comp. sci as a subject (which she really
>enjoyed) but had to give it up because of subject restrictions.
>>She's looking at some postgrad cert/diploma courses in IT, and I was
>wondering if anyone had any opinions as to the usefulness of these.
>In this context I'm talking about:
>>1. Teaching general principles rather than specifics, preferably
>within an open source context, or at least not a college equivalent of
>"dot net for dummies".
>>2. A reasonable chance of employability at the end of it. By that I
>mean some chance of getting a job provided she has a reasonable
>portfolio of projects from both within and outside of her course, a
>job that will be enough to get her started with a career in IT.
>>I couldn't find any reviews of courses on the web that approximately
>fit the two criteria above, I did find a discussion from the CLUG list
>from 2000 but it focused on undergraduate courses and I presume things
>have changed somewhat since then.
>>Personally I do have some doubts about the utility of these type of
>courses, but hey, she's an arts student and she's going to have to do
>some sort of course to get employable, and it seems like most
>employers do require qualifications of some sort to start off on the
>career ladder (this seems to apply across all disciplines).
>>The reason I'm taking so much interest in her future education is I'm
>going to cover some of her fees...
>>If anyone has any useful information or links to hand about the
>usefulness of these courses, or a more appropriate forum that this
>question could be posted to, or any general opinions on this, I'd
>really appreciate it.
>>Profuse apologies if this is considered to be off-topic (but I accept
>that grovelling won't make this post flame-retardant...).
>>What about the Graduate Diploma in IT at DCU? I'm half way through it, I
find it a good course with a broad range of topics.
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