Friday, 20 March 2015 01:11

VIDEO Interview: Get an IT career through study at Northern Sydney Institute TAFE

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Although you might think a university degree is what you need for a fulfilling career in IT, TAFE is an extremely valid option, too - here’s more!

Information technology is everywhere in our lives today, and if electricity and modern technology stopped it would certainly be the end of the world as we know it.

Luckily the end of the world or the end of IT isn’t scheduled to happen anytime soon, with IT representing an excellent career choice for anyone truly passionate about technology - and there’s great employment demand out there, too.

Business IT infrastructure, cloud, hybrid cloud, shadow IT, networking, game design, big data, analytics, programming and development, animation, AV, network/IT admin, help desk, web designer, Cisco/Red Hat/Microsoft certification and many more are all areas where work is available to the qualified - you just have to want to learn!

One option available to anyone wanting to start a career in IT is the Northern Sydney Institute, which is a part of NSW TAFE.

Its reputation has grown, and today, it is a leading provider of leading edge training for the IT industry.

It is a select Cisco Academy Training Centre for the Asia Pacific region, a Microsoft IT Academy program member, an accredited Juniper training facility and a Red Hat Enterprise Linux trainer.

Northern Sydney Institute also offer the only specialist degree in Information Technology (Network Security) in NSW.

So, we decided to talk to the Head Teacher of Information Technology at Northern Sydney Institute, Sein Wai Chew, to get her take on the IT industry, the need of businesses for job-ready IT graduates, the courses on offer, the costs and one of her other passions - game development!

Indeed, at 5pm today (Friday, 20 March 2015), the latest ‘Hectic Games’ event starts - a weekend long event that helps budding game creators make their own game in 48 hours, with Microsoft games experts also in attendance (they are one of the sponsors) and even the Independent Games Festival of China getting involved.

Hectic Games is hugely popular and anyone interested should visit its website to learn much more!

But first, let’s take a look at our video interview with Ms Chew, embedded below, where she definitely talks about the Hectic Games event and other ‘Meetup’ events also available, with more information on the Northern Sydney Institute after the video.

So, what else can you learn at the Northern Sydney Institute?

Well, if you want to know more, the Institute’s 2015/16 Career Guide is one place to look - here as a PDF link, as well as its website for extra info.

The Institute notes some interesting facts about the Australian ICT industry.

It says Australian ICT generates revenues of $85 billion per year, with ICT workers accounting for 4.1% of Australia’s total workforce.

The Federal Australian Government has an aim that by 2020, Australia will be among the world’s leading digital economies.

Separately, it is that software publishing and video game design will grow by approximately 70% in the next 10 years.

So, whether you want to become a 2D/3D artist, an animator, an audiovisual editor, a business systems analyst, a creative media consultant/developer, a database administrator/designer/developer, an e-business or e-learning developer, a games designer/developer/programmer, a help desk officer, an interactive digital media developer, an IT manager, an IT technical/user support, a network administrator/analyst/technician...

Or a programmer, a systems administrator/analyst, a visual effects designer, or a web administrator/designer/developer … it may well pay to take an astute look at what the Northern Sydney Institute offers, so you upgrade what you can offer to yourself and the industry.

You can also find out about the Sydney Gamers and Game Development Meetup here, and about the Wordpress Sydney Meetup held at the Institute here - as discussed in the video above. 


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