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Students encouraged to join ICT sector

Students of the University of the South Pacific were encouraged to join the Information and Communication Technology sector as part of their career path. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for Communications and Information Technology Mr. Ewan Perrin while speaking at the USP Careers Fair Expo 2016 that was held in Suva yesterday. The […]

Staff Writers

April 20, 2016 8:21 am

Students of the University of the South Pacific were encouraged to join the Information and Communication Technology sector as part of their career path.

The permanent secretary for Communications and Information Technology Mr. Ewan Perrin speaking at the USP careers fair. (DEPTFO)
The permanent secretary for Communications and Information Technology Mr. Ewan Perrin speaking at the USP careers fair. (DEPTFO)

This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for Communications and Information Technology Mr. Ewan Perrin while speaking at the USP Careers Fair Expo 2016 that was held in Suva yesterday.

The unemployment rate of ICT and engineering professionals is under 3 percent. Taking into account structural factors, that’s close to zero unemployment for ICT qualified workers. And it pays well.

How can it be that job that pays well, has great career prospects and is in such demand, a career that offers the opportunity to change the world, cannot attract or retain the next generation.

Mr. Perrin urged science and technology graduates to take advantage of the opportunities in the ICT sector.

I think that as “work ready plus graduates” there two characteristics that one needs to have that is critical, the ability to analyse and being creative, invent and generate new insights.

Mr. Perrin also highlighted that the government is reforming the civil service and is looking for keen minds, people with new ideas and enthusiastic people who want to make a difference in their communities.

We want to create an environment where businesses can thrive and grow us well.

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