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Honorable Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa launching the SLASSCOM IT/ BPO career documentary at EDEX Colombo Exhibition. Also in the picture are SLASSCOM Chairman, Mr. Dinesh B. Saparamadu and EDEX Chairman, Mr. Kamal Abeysinghe.
 
At the EDEX expo SLASSCOM launched a short documentary on the careers in IT-BPO industry to showcase the exciting opportunities in the IT/BPO field to guide new entrants who are looking to enter the industry (Watch the video.). The documentary is produce by YATV with the endorsement of Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and ICTA. The FutureCareers documentary will highlight the work opportunities and experience from young people employed within the IT/ BPO industry across a wide spectrum of jobs to give potential new entrants to the industry an overview of the opportunities. The FutureCareers documentary features some of big names in the IT and BPO industry namely Virtusa, IFS, Aegis, Eurocentre, eCollege, R R Donnelley, Orion City, Amba Research, HSBC, Zone24/7 and Eureka Technologies. The documentary features many success stories in this most advanced and fast growing industry in Sri Lanka which is setting professional standards recognized internationally.
 
One of the company executives interviewed from IFS in the documentary states the following, “When I was 10yrs old I got my first computer and I was really interested in the subject so I represented my school and then my country in various programming competitions. After my 'ALs Thank god IFS gave me a fully paid scholarship so I joined them as a full time employee.”
 
“I started off with a degree program in information systems, I graduated that about 10 years ago, since graduating I worked in several places but finally settled in Virtusa 7 years ago. And since then I had a phenomenal ride. I started off at Virtusa as a business analyst, And since then played a various roles like project manager, program manager, account manager, client services manager etc. And segment manager right now I’m working as an associate Director for the company”, says another employee interviewed from Virtusa.
 
‘I joined AGEIS in year 2009 as a customer service representative, And with the high quality of training exposure, guidance provided to me it has given me the ability to demonstrate my skills my knowledge for the betterment of the organization which has now helped me reach the level  senior executive’, says another employee from Agies.
 
Students can also join online at www.FutureCareers.lkto learn about the industry and to meet many professional who are in the industry to get advice from.  SLASSCOM invites the industry professionals to also join at www.FutureCareers.lk to encourage and offer their support and guidance to a new entrant to the industry.
 
The FutureCareers initiative is aimed at expanding the talent pool available to the industry as part of this Capacity building program . Future Careers initiative will focus on connecting Sri Lankan youth to the exciting job opportunities in the knowledge service industry for them to become truly global citizens. The IT/ BPO industry offers exciting work, fun atmosphere, global exposure, fast paced career progression and even an opportunity for one to become an entrepreneur.