- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Masters
- Year commenced: 2020
- Degree(s): Master of Information Technology
Seizing the opportunity to upskill
After getting an Electrical Engineering degree, I worked in IT for a while – mostly in software support. In the years since I’ve taught myself a lot of programming languages.
When I was looking to go back into the workforce after raising my children, IT was the area I was drawn to. I was really interested in software development, however I had no formal qualifications in IT. That’s when I decided to pursue the Master of Information Technology.
Monash was a logical choice for me because it was in Melbourne and the university had a great reputation.
Diverse, practical and transferable
I've really enjoyed learning software engineering principles and applying them to my own projects. It has also been interesting meeting students from different countries and working with them. For one assignment, I was in a team with four people from three different countries.
During my first semester, I also participated in the PASS program, It was a great way to consolidate my knowledge and get to know fellow students better.
I’ve found that the expertise you learn from the Master of IT is transferable, and many of the skills you gain are useful in everyday life.
After I finish my degree, I might go work as a developer or I may get a qualification in education so I can teach. I'm also interested in research. Although I’m not sure what’s next for me, I’m confident because there are so many opportunities available.
Inspiring more women to join IT
Having come from an engineering background and a male-dominated area in IT, I’ve faced many gender equity challenges. That's why I find it encouraging that a lot of the teaching staff in my course are women, which I hope also motivates more women to consider an IT career.
I feel that the way IT is taught to school children discourages many of them from choosing a future in the field. I'm hoping to find ways to inspire more young people, especially young girls, to consider the industry. I think a lot of people don't understand how creative and diverse IT can be.
Pearls of wisdom for future students
Any education is only as good as the effort you want to put into it. Even the best teacher in the world cannot make you learn if you aren't open to being taught. To make the most of your course, participate when you get the opportunity and don't be afraid to ask questions.
On the same thread, the key to gaining skills in IT is practice. Whether it’s programming, databases, networks or security, you need to practise to really understand the material.