MANILA - Graduates in information technology (IT) will realize they chose the right course once they enter the job market.
Headhunters said IT graduates already receive P30,000 to P60,000 as their entry-level salaries.
Mid-level programmers, on the other hand, have salaries from P70,000 all the way to P100,000 a month.
JobsDB head of executive search Tina Rodriguez said the IT industry “pays very well.”
She said there is also strong demand for IT executives and managers.
“The problem of the industry is that these [executives] are pirate-able…there’s only a handful of them,” she said.
The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is also another industry that gives hefty paychecks.
“The salary is at least P70,000 to P80,000 for those not in the managerial levels,” Rodriguez said.
But headhunters said employees can now ask for a raise from employers, as long as they are equipped with the necessary skills that will make the companies cough up the additional labor cost.
JobsDB head of sales Theodore de Guzman advised employees to seek out higher education or certificate courses to make their chances of being promoted – with a bigger pay – better.
“Definitely, you don’t want to get stuck [where you are now]," he said.
Rodriguez added that one should “know” the industry she or he is at.
“Enhance your skills with courses and programs…For example, a [Master of Business Administration]," she said.
De Guzman said companies are even willing to sponsor additional education for employees.
“If there is so much potential [in the employee], there should be no problem [with the sponsorship],” he added.
Rodriguez added it is now normal for employees to be upfront and ask for promotions from the bosses. “You have to talk to the [human resources department] and be open about your plans.”
De Guzman said it would be better if the employee has a ready list of accomplishments. “When you approach the boss, you have to be straightforward.”
The most important of all, however, is to have an ambition, Rodriguez said.
“Think like a [Chief Executive] but also know where you’re at and have plans and work towards that goal," she said.