Ellie Traill

Ellie Traill

Ellie Traill

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Software development

Double the degree, double the opportunities

At the end of high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the future. IT stood out as a diverse area that’s highly applicable in almost any field. I also really wanted to learn how to code, so in the end I decided on IT and science.

Because I wasn’t looking to settle on one area of study, I chose Monash – which offers a good range of double degrees.

Equipped for the real world

The highlight of my IT course was the Industry Experience Studio Project, which let me work with real clients to develop an IT application. It gave me hands-on experience with not just coding, but the whole project lifecycle – from gathering requirements and design all the way to implementing a live system.

It was a totally different experience than just completing assignments, and I achieved things that I didn’t think I was capable of doing.

In the future, I would like to pursue postgraduate studies in environmental science, using skills from both my IT and science degrees. I’m passionate about the environment and specifically, the growing issue of climate change. Technology has played a significant role in our understanding of the climate and various adaptation and mitigation measures, so my IT course has given me useful tools and knowledge that I can use.

Making the most of Monash

I was fortunate enough to receive the Women in Information Technology Scholarship, which helped  convince me to jump into IT even though I had never studied in the field before.

While at Monash I became a peer mentor for IT and science double degree students, and have volunteered for Open Day. They were a lot of fun, especially the peer mentor activities. These opportunities have allowed me to interact and connect with people from various backgrounds.

Pearls of wisdom for future students

IT is great to complete in conjunction with another course. So if you’re not sure what to do, consider a double degree which lets you pursue multiple interests at the same time.

University can also be really stressful at times, but know that you can reach out to peers as well as your lecturers, tutors and mentors, who are very nice. Don’t be afraid to speak to them!