Jun 23, 2015, 11:12 ET
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry trade association and the leading provider of vendor-neutral certifications for the global IT workforce, has launched Skillsboost, a new, free resource on IT careers for students, parents and educators.
Skillsboost features the latest information on careers within the IT industry as well as opportunities for technology jobs in other businesses and industries – from big corporations to small family run businesses.
The consistent theme throughout the site is: IT is at the heart of every business and industry, the essential piece that keeps companies running and prospering. In the U.S. alone, there were upwards of 850,000 core IT job openings in Q1 2015.
To illustrate this message, Skillsboost features:
- An interactive infographic on the vast opportunities available to anyone who pursues an IT career.
- A video series that allows you to "test drive" technology jobs in areas such as cybersecurity, networking, web design, customer support, data analysis and project management.
- Success stories from individuals who have made the leap into the IT field.
Students can take a free Skillsboost quiz to test their knowledge in core areas of IT, including support, networking and security; and examine the Top 10 Steps they can take to develop the skills that will make them indispensable to employers.
Whether they're in middle school, high school, college or university the Skillsboost site provides students with tips on how to use their current studies to prepare for a career in IT; and next steps they can take to train for an IT career. One example is CompTIA CertMaster, an online learning tool that makes it easy and convenient to study for CompTIA certification exams.
Parents wondering if an IT career is right for their daughter or son can use the Skillsboost site to learn more about the opportunities that are available, what it takes to get there and how CompTIA qualifications can benefit their child's career choice.
For academic institutions, the site has information on the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program for academy partners. This initiative offers a robust educational program designed to assist educators in enhancing the learning experience for students preparing for an IT career.
Visit http://skillsboost.comptia.org/ to learn more.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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