In the modern digital world, if you are not computer literate, you are nobody. This does not of course necessarily mean that you have to an expert in mainframe computer technologies or be able to work with cutting edge software. Just understanding the basics of the science of computers and being able to carry out simple tasks such as accounting or preparing PowerPoint presentations usually suffices.
Computer training programmes range from imparting skill sets on the rudiments of computer functioning to the more advanced nuances of computer operations. This can be broadly categorised into –
Learning fundamental principles of computers and identifying and solving issues related to data security, usability and efficiency
Becoming aware of the intricacies of software development and networked systems and acquiring expertise in data-centric computing, information security and intelligent systems
Developing specific skill sets for mobile computing, artificial intelligence, robotics and research on creating new technologies
These points are further sub-divided into specific courses that students can choose from. This is especially so when the programmes are taken up for a precise purpose. For example, a new recruit in a company in the accounts section might have in-depth knowledge of accounting systems and procedures but might draw a blank when asked to carry out his work on computer systems. In such a case, the employee should take up a short term computer course related to the related area of activity only.
On the other side there are those who choose to be computer professionals like network administrators or system analysts and programmers. They have to take up graduate courses in computers that stretch over three years and then go for specialisation in a definite area through a Masters course.
What are the job opportunities after completing a full time computer training programme? It ranges from being a Computer Game Programmer, Computer Scientist, Computer Systems Engineer, Information Security Specialist to Systems Analysts and Project Developer. Apart from these openings, well trained computer specialists are also hired in businesses and industries that do not fall directly in the Information Technology sector but need trained personnel to upgrade their existing mode of operations to computer based ones.
There are literally hundreds of computer training courses offered by different Universities and Institutes. All that you have to do is decide what career you want and choose one accordingly.