Cloud Computing

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Have you a big interest in IT and want to work in the area? Are you looking to have broad options in your career?

Cloud computing could be the perfect area for you and will give you the opportunity to increase your skills in IT and other areas. 

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the delivery of computer services. It is the on-demand availability of computer system resources. This includes servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics over the internet. 

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Business (Cloud Computing)
  • Cloud and Networks (Applied Computing)
  • Computing – Cloud Computing
  • Software Design in Artificial Intelligence for Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing (PLC)
  • Cloud Computing with Coding (PLC)
  • Marketing (Digital Media and Cloud Computing) 

Studying Cloud Computing in college

There are both undergraduate and PLC courses available in Cloud Computing in colleges and universities around Ireland. The PLC courses are 1 year in length while the undergraduate courses range from 3-4 years. Course content may differ but overall you will gain a strong knowledge of the area. 

PLC courses will offer an understanding and strong foundation of cloud computing and will act as a stepping stone into an undergraduate degree in the area if that is what you choose to do. Your first year of an undergraduate degree will introduce you to the basics of cloud computing and allow you to get a grounding before moving into more complex and in depth material. Examples of content you might cover in first year include marketing essentials, introduction to business finance and IT essentials. 

As your course continues you will begin to look at more in-depth and complex material such as management, financial management, cloud technology, cloud networking and security and many more. 

There may be opportunities to work in the field through work experience or making connections with those in the field throughout your course. This may differ in each course. 

Career Options

Cloud computing offers a broad range of careers and roles in areas from developers, architecture, and data scientists, to name a few. It really depends on what area you’re most interested in working. There is a long list of choices. It is an area that is forever developing, you will be required to keep up to date with new developments, additions and changes in relation to cloud computing. 

You may use your degree to go forward and study at postgraduate level to specialise in a specific area. It is also helpful in this area to get vendor-specific training and certifications to stand out to employers. 

Skills and qualities important to have in this area include excellent IT skills, time management skills, organisational skills, a critical thinker, the ability to solve problems, ability to work well with others, perseverance, attention to deal, a mind for technology, the ability to adapt to new roles and technologies and an understanding of programming/databases.

Related Jobs

  • IT consultant
  • Android/iOS developer
  • Cloud engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Data engineer

Further Study

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should

include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

PLC courses will accept Leaving Certificate results and in some cases, especially in this area, courses may carry out an entrance interview. Specific courses may have their own requirements. For example, some courses may have a certain interview process or expect a portfolio of sorts so it is always important to look into these things in depth. 

The highest amount of points required for a course in this area last year was 374 points to study Business (Cloud Computing) in Dublin Business School. The fewest points required were 214 points to study Software Design in Artificial Intelligence for Cloud Computing in Athlone Institute of Technology. Points are mostly 200 and 350 points. 

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • 90% of companies are on the cloud
  • The leading cloud vendor is Amazon with a 32% share
  • In 2018, cloud infrastructure spending surpassed $80 billion in 2018


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