IT Careers Key to Indonesia's Growth

Need for skilled IT professionals is growing rapidly 

With Indonesia set to become the biggest digital economy in South East Asia, people with strong IT and interpersonal skills will be in high demand, says senior academic Dr Alan Sixsmith from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

With public and government sectors, and citizens interested in leveraging digital technology to enhance the quality of life for Indonesians, the latest report by McKinsey estimates that harnessing new digital technologies could add more than USD$150 billion (approximately 10 percent of GDP) to Indonesia’s yearly economic output within 10 years.  

As the urgency for digital transformation in enterprises increases, the need for skilled IT professionals is growing rapidly. “Strong IT infrastructure and digital technologies should promote economic growth and productivity, connecting more people into the Indonesian economy, and encouraging innovation and new markets access,” says Dr Alan Sixsmith, an IT academic from UTS in Sydney, Australia. “With global demand for IT specialists accelerating, those who have deep skills in developing and managing IT will remain at the front of the pack,” he added.

“Getting the right human capital to deliver on the opportunities ahead will be challenging, as Indonesian employers and start-ups need strong IT skills, but these employees need to come with strong ‘soft skills’ and social skills to build effective teams,” he says.

UTS is at the forefront of IT education  and preparing  students for careers of the future, with practice-based courses and deep industry engagement, students can develop the skills needed to work in IT and prepare to take up global careers. Outstanding examples of future leaders are Indonesian students, Edbert Prathama from South Tangerang and Limyandi Vicotrico from Pontianak who are both studying at UTS.  Edbert and Limyandi have both won Dean’s Merit and Outstanding Graduate prizes for topping their classes in their first and last semesters at UTS:INSEARCH, where they completed a Diploma of IT.

“I would like to be a future IT leader in Indonesia, running my own business developing mobile applications and  build up my portfolio of work and client base. I want to use IT to live a ‘location independent’ lifestyle and develop apps from anywhere. I want to promote this lifestyle as a benefit of learning IT to other Indonesian students who may come to UTS:INSEARCH, said Edbert.

Indonesian students have been a part of our community of young leaders at the University of Technology Sydney for a long time. One of the main point of interest for them is our strong collaboration with employers and industry because it enhances opportunities for interesting and rewarding careers,” said Ms Stefani Sugiarto, Regional Coordinator for UTS:INSEARCH.

Pathway college UTS:INSEARCH is offering an exciting scholarship program for Indonesian students – the new Future Leaders Scholarship awards a AUD$3,000 scholarship for students towards their second semester tuition fees at UTS:INSEARCH. The scholarship also provides guaranteed entry into the UTS:INSEARCH Leadership Program, valued at AUD$2,000, so recipients can undertake professional development and work experience activities to broaden their leadership and career horizons. Students from Indonesia may choose to go to UTS by enrolling in the pathway college at UTS:INSEARCH in Sydney, where they develop  the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to help them succeed in their university studies and beyond. 

Dr Sixsmith emphasised that UTS’s quality of education catered for global perspectives, and noted that IT careers will often transcend beyond the country of residence. “UTS graduates have a high quality of education, practical application of their studies through internships and work experience, and strong inter-personal skills, which means their career choices in South East Asia, Australia or elsewhere in the world are well ahead of many others,” he said.

Dr Sixsmith has been visiting Indonesia conducting a series of school workshops with UTS:INSEARCH in Denpasar, Jakarta, Palembang and Surabaya to highlight the careers available in IT. 

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