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GovHack, four questions answered

Computer Power Institute Software Development Diploma

This weekend, Computer Power Institute are sponsoring the GovHack (Hackathon) events in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland.

What is a Hackathon?
At Hackathons teams comprising of general IT enthusiasts, programmers, designers and project managers come together to solve a problem. Teams develop a viable solution within a set time-frame. Often mentors, materials and prizes are provided.

What is GovHack?
GovHack is an Australian Hackathon. GovHack runs for 48 hours, from Friday July 11 at 7:30pm until Sunday 5:30pm. The event is designed to draw people together from government, industry, academia and the general public. Teams compete for prizes by building computer applications, creating mashups, data visualisations and apps, using data provided by government agencies. Over the weekend the 12,000+ people registered will have the opportunity to interact with peers, be mentored by experts and show off their skills to the community.

GovHack is about finding new ways to do great things and encouraging open government and open data.

GovHack should be an awesome experience for everyone.

Why do people participate in Hackathons?

  • Solve real problems
  • Meet new people
  • Work in team
  • Learn
  • Enjoy the atmosphere

How can I participate?
Even if you don’t have a team, an idea for an application, or any knowledge of computer programming, it is worth going to a GovHack to watch and perhaps participate.
If you would like to attend this weekend’s event, please let us know and we will help you get involved.

Check out #govhack on Twitter to follow the action!

 

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Why attend a Careers Expo?

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1)     Determine your next move

If you know you need to make a change, but you’re not sure what it is, a Career Expo could be a good start. There are a range of organisations and Career Councillors to talk to who can provide you with information. Share your thoughts and work together to determine what career path suits you. Talk to other attendees for inspiration.

If you know what you want to do, a Careers Expo may enable you to determine how to get there. You can get career advice; learn about employment opportunities, and further education.

2)     Gather information

Many companies are represented at Careers Expo’s. Therefore there are plenty of people to talk to across a range of industries. Find out exactly what you want to know, get knowledge about a company and what they offer beyond what is on their website. Collect brochures to review later.

Perhaps some further study is appropriate. Visit the universities, TAFEs and private education providers present at the Expo. Speak to their representatives; they are there to ensure you are well informed of their programs (both recruitment and/or education) and to help you make the right decision as you pursue your career. Keep in mind that sometimes the process of elimination helps!

Attend the free seminars if they’re available, they may provide career advice, job seeking tips and further background to organisations.

3)     Get a job

There are often large corporate organisations at Career Expos who are looking to recruit new employees. Ensure you have a copy of your resume (and remember that you may be asked to apply online), present yourself well and make professional enquires about what the position is and what the company has to offer you. You can normally view a list of companies in attendance on the Career Expo website before the event, review this list, and research the companies that appeal to you before speaking with them.

4)     Network

There is great value in meeting people who are pursuing the same career as you, and those already entrenched in similar roles. Be ready to provide your contact details to foster a relationship. Use the Expo, and the people you meet, to gather any information that might assist you in achieving your career goals.

It was time to make the change

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For many years Peter had been working as a Store Manager for a large supermarket chain.

Peter always had a desire to follow his passion for IT and decided it was time to make the change.

There were a number of key factors in Peter’s decision to study at Computer Power Institute: the flexible hours, placement assistance, the curriculum and environment.

Computer Power’s Placement Team worked with Peter on every aspect of his job search.  Peter put in 100% and within seven weeks landed a Technical Support role with a mobile technology company.

 

Find out more about Computer Power at www.computerpower.edu.au

 

Limited work experience didn’t hold Jonathan back

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Jonathan had completed a Diploma of Business Administration and was volunteering in a Admin/IT role when he made the decision to pursue IT as a career.

 

He chose to study at Computer Power Institute because he wanted to learn in an office environment as opposed to a traditional classroom. The added bonus of the placement advice and support was an attraction.

 

Having limited work experience didn’t hold Jonathan back. He worked closely with the National Placement Consultant to create a winning resume, and learnt how to prepare for an interview – everything from image, to answering behavioural and technical questions.

 

Jonathan landed the first role he applied for! He is now a Client Support Officer at a Software Company, and is excited about his role and the scope for future professional growth.

 

Find out more about Computer Power at www.computerpower.edu.au

Working with our Job Placement Consultant leads to employment

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Robyn made the switch from Customer Service to Software Development.

Robyn grew up watching her mother mark her students programming projects. Robyn’s fascination and curiosity led her to start writing code from the time she was eight years old.  Robyn was sold, one day she would be a developer! Robyn felt that having an IT qualification would assist her in achieving her career goals. After researching courses she decided to study at Computer Power Institute as the Diploma of Software Development had the content she was after.

Shortly before completing her diploma, Robyn began working with Computer Power’s National Placement Consultant. Together they created a new resume and worked on the best approach to writing application letters.

Highly motivated to find a job, Robyn worked tirelessly on her job search. Part of an application involved creating a website which the prospective employer evaluated. Robyn then had to pass technical tests before being invited back for a final interview.

The effort was worth it – after a successful final interview, Robyn is now a Junior Software Developer; a position she secured less than two months after finishing her Computer Power diploma.

Find out more about Computer Power at www.computerpower.edu.au

The most common job interview questions and how to answer them

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WE’VE all been there. You turn up at an interview, mindlessly babble through a series of awkward questions and come out hoping you’ll get offered a job.

But with a little bit of thought it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here’s how to answer the most common interview questions.

 

Read the full article here

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