Tech giant Google and online education leader Coursera recently announced the launch of a certificate course aimed at filling entry-level IT support jobs globally.
The reverence of engineering as a career and the importance of IITs as an engineering institution is immense in this country. The difficulty of the IIT entrance examination vis-à-vis the large multitudes of applicants makes admissions to these premier institutions a challenging endeavour. The amount of pressure on the students can be measured through the amount of time they spend on preparations for this single exam. Not everyone gets through and Google along with Coursera is bringing to you an online course to provide education and certification that can help you get a job as an IT professional.
It is a sic course certificate program. A candidate can choose either all the 6 courses or keep picking them up as one progresses. The curriculum revolves around technical support fundamentals, basic computer hardware, operating systems, system administration, IT automation and security. The course aims at making the individual ready for entry-level jobs in an IT company. At the end of the course, candidates would be able to send their scores to Google along with other IT employers like Bank of America, Walmart, Sprint, GE Digital, PNC Bank, Infosys, TEKsystems, UPMC.
It is a short course designed to last for a year with a minimum participation of 8-12 hours per week. Candidates also enjoy the option to skip the courses out of the 6 courses if they feel they are versed enough. The course is available at a nominal rate of Rs. 3100.
Ben Fried, who is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Google, said, “Finding qualified IT personnel is a challenge many companies face. With 150,000 open roles in IT support, it is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country.” He also added that the curriculum was developed to tackle the problem head-on. He also said that Google was ‘looking forward to working with Coursera, our non-profit grantees and participating corporations to create opportunities for thousands of learners.’