- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Year commenced: 2016
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Information Technology
- Major(s): Computer networks and security
IN A FAST-MOVING FIELD, NEVER BORED
For Eric Jiang, choosing a Bachelor of Information Technology was a no brainer. From an early age, he had loved two things: computers and problem-solving. And Monash IT has given him the best of both worlds.
"I've majored in computer networks and security, but my course has given me the flexibility to explore other areas, such as algorithms and mobile apps, to gain skills I'll need in the workforce," relays Eric. Now in his final year, he confronts a world grappling with increasingly sophisticated and dangerous cyber attacks. "I'd like to bring my passion for programming to building software and mechanisms to keep user data safe," he adds.
Of the rapidly changing field of information technology, Eric says, "It never bores me. Every day brings a new challenge. Sometimes you hit a brick wall, but the fun part is tackling the problem by going outside the box."
Beyond his studies
Here's what happened when Eric encountered a complicated, time-consuming and frustrating course planning process at Monash:
"I posted on Facebook about building a web application to streamline how students plan their course," shares Eric. "The idea started out as an open-source project, but then a director at eSolutions (Monash's IT support team) saw the post and asked if we'd like to build it out with the University." The application, known as MonPlan, is now Monash's official interactive course planning tool. Not a bad effort for an undergrad!
As part of his course, Eric has attended tech events and conferences. And he has taken part in 48-hour hackathons where participants are challenged to build web and mobile services. "I've also mentored at a few hackathons, such as UniHack Mini and Hackamon," mentions Eric. "Mentoring is one of the things I do to give back to the tech community."
His career aspirations
So what's next for Eric? "After I get some more experience out in the industry, I want to build a start-up that will make the world a better place," he replies. "Perhaps something to help combat global warming. Or make everyone's life easier."
Advice to future students
Eric offers these words of wisdom: "University teaches you many things, but your key takeaway is 'how to learn'. With the IT field evolving at such a fast pace, much of your knowledge will quickly go out of date. That's why it's so important to learn how to pick up new skills." At Monash, you will learn how to learn.