IT qualifiaction question (First Post)

#1

Hey this is my first real post so hopefully this is in the right place

I am currently in my second year of studying a BSC Computer and Information Systems degree and am hoping to do a masters in CIS as well.

My question is what other qualifications would help me get noticed in the application stage and advance my IT skills?

Would the fact I have a BETC National diploma in IT put me at a disadvantage over those with a levels?

Thanks for your time

#2

Hello mate,

If your looking to join a graduate scheme, I’d advise you to go straight in with your B.Sc… I’m currently studying an M.Sc., and it’s expensive business. Coupled with the fact that it’s not really a requirement for any graduate schemes, you should be able to land a grad role with some work.

Concentrate on your B.Sc., and get a first. That’ll be better than any other external qualifications you can attain. With a high 2:1 or a first, it’ll go a long way to helping recruiters ignore your BTEC.

BTW I’m not sure how most recruiters see a BTEC, but most schemes only specify a degree level, not UCAS points.

#3

Thanks for the reply Reg. How do you find your Msc? The money isn’t an issue as I have that covered with my loan and grant which I have saved but I will most probably need to do a masters as the university I am studying in isn’t in the university top 100 and will probably result in me being overlooked over graduates in high reputable universities. I think my betec is around 360 UCAS points which should be enough if they ask for them.

Good luck with your masters and thanks once again

#4

BTEC is below Graduate Level (below A Level too) so I don’t think it would help you much

do you have work experience?