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Worried about losing your job to automation? Queen's University Belfast has the course for you

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A recent report suggests that robots will replace seven per cent of jobs in Northern Ireland, while more than half of all remaining roles are at risk of major automation.

The constant evolution in technology and how it impacts employment can create uncertainty - but it can also lead to some eye-opening opportunities.

Queen’s University Belfast aims to stay ahead of the game and is inviting employees to do the same.

Those feeling anxious about the future of their current job can reboot their career through the university with a part-time master’s in software development.

Many who consider themselves to be lacking in computer literacy may stop reading now - but they are exactly the people Queen’s are looking for.

This masters in software development is specifically designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines - taking the skills developed during an undergraduate degree and transforming them into the technical, analytical and professional abilities required to take on a range of roles within the ever-expanding IT industry in Northern Ireland.

Set up as a conversion course, it means anyone with an undergraduate degree, no matter what the subject, can apply for it as long as they pass an aptitude test. This opens up the world of software development to many more people.

The programme, run through the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University, will provide prospective students with a solid understanding of software development principles.

Students will develop the ability to analyse software problems, create and evaluate software designs and develop and appropriately test software solutions. It will also further develop their critical analysis and evaluative skills and direct them towards the unique challenges in software development.

The tech-sector is booming and so are employment opportunities from a master’s in software development. Given the diversity of careers available, the variety of skills gained from a non-IT primary degree are strongly valued by IT employers.

While the course is ideal for anyone feeling anxious they could be out of a job in future, recent undergraduates who are unfulfilled in a graduate position and want a change of direction will also be interested, with perhaps long-term aspirations to enter the IT sector.

As well as allowing participants to upskill - ensuring employees have the tools to prepare for a constantly changing and expanding workplace - it’s hoped courses like these can help address the skills gap in the Northern Ireland market.

The part-time course can be completed by spreading it over two or three years, allowing applicants to study and remain in full-time employment. There is also an option to study on a full-time basis.

Find out more and apply now.

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