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IT students 'should be learning business as well'

Published: Thursday, 06 December 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

An IT company has called on universities to give students the best chance of getting graduate IT jobs by teaching them business skills as well as computer skills.

Micro Focus says that although the number of vacancies for IT graduates will increase, students should be able to back up their computer wizardry with a strong business sense to make the most out of their careers, according to onrec.com.

Stephen Kelly, chief executive officer of Micro Focus, said: "Over the coming years, we are going to see an increased demand for IT professionals, not only with the ability to maintain and upkeep enterprise systems that have been in place for decades, but also, just as significantly, with the skills to interpret the benefits they are bringing in a business context."

He added that there are huge opportunities for students who wish to pursue a career in IT to "embrace both business and IT skills" and make themselves an "invaluable asset to any business".

Micro Focus claims to have more than 15,000 customers and one million licensed users.

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