New degree opens doors to 'Australia’s Most Attractive' ICT employer

Student Damien Raines. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

UniSA students will have the chance to work for one of Australia’s most attractive employers thanks to a new degree in Information Technology (IT) which kicked off at UniSA this year.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) (Enterprise Business Solutions) program gives all students enrolled the opportunity to undertake a 12 month paid internship with HP, one of the world’s largest providers of IT infrastructure, software, services, and solutions.

The company was recently named Randstad’s ‘Most Attractive Employer’ in the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Category.

The new degree is the result of a partnership between HP, UniSA and the South Australian Government announced last year.

UniSA’s Program Director of IT, Dr Grant Wigley says the new program aims to deliver graduates who are ready for a diverse job market.

“Adelaide is at a stage where our traditional industries like manufacturing are changing so it’s important that our graduates are ready for jobs of the future,” Dr Wigley says.

“Whether it’s working for a global organisation like HP or even in a start-up business, graduates need transferrable skills to succeed in such a changing business landscape.”

Nick Wilson, Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard South Pacific says the degree will equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience to forge successful careers in ICT, Australia’s fastest growing sector.

“Students today need to learn the technical skills and concepts that reflect the changing needs of the industry. In collaboration with HP, UniSA has structured a degree that provides not only the technical skills, but the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience through twelve month paid internships,” Wilson says.

Student Damien Raines (pictured above), one of the first to study the new degree, says he has already had the opportunity to network with HP as part of the program.

“I met with some of the HP managers as part of my degree and they seemed genuinely excited by the partnership. They really want us to succeed with this program,” he says.

“The internship with HP will be an invaluable learning experience and an excellent opportunity to gain real world experience working in the ICT industry. The ICT industry itself is rising in popularity, ranking in the top 10 most attractive industries at the recent 2015 Randstad Awards.

“HP is one of the largest international ICT companies, and to have a globally recognised company on my CV before graduating is a huge confidence booster.”

Following his degree, Damien wants to pursue a career in network security, where he will work to protect businesses from threats.

“At the moment my interest lies in computer networking, particularly network security, as this is an area of growing importance for businesses to ensure that their data is secure and protected from threats,” he says.

“It has also been identified as an area of potential skill shortage for network security experts, particularly in Australia.”

The students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the UniSA HP Innovation & Collaboration Centre, which is due to open later in the year. The Centre is another initiative stemming from the partnership between UniSA, HP and the South Australian Government, with the goal of driving innovation and ICT business growth in South Australia.

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