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Soft skills


Technical skills alone will not get you a job. Of course formal education is highly valuable, but the extra advantage of possessing invaluable soft skills helps you stand out from the crowd.

Almost every job advertisement you read will list some soft skills which the position requires from candidates. The soft skill requirements vary between companies as different cultures and individual roles call for individual skill-sets.

The term soft skills refer to your interpersonal skills. What it means to employers are the non-technical aspects of a position. Can someone communicate well, show initiative, work in team, solve problems, manage themselves and plan? They’re important as it makes your work more enjoyable and increases the success of your projects.

Research has indicated that soft-skills are just as important as the technical skills, and people may even be offered a job over another candidate who has stronger technical skills, because their soft-skills were superior.

Do you have a strong work ethic, good communication and time management skills, good problem solving skills, and a positive attitude? Are you a team player, have self-confidence, able to accept criticism, and do you work well under pressure?

Perhaps you have all, perhaps you have some, the good news is that we all can, and should continue to develop our soft skills and continuously learn more.

You can take a course, seek a mentor to guide you and provide advice, read books on the topic (such as, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R Covey), and you can use online resources and train yourself.

All Computer Power students develop their through Computer Power’s Professional Development and Employment Preparation Programs to ensure they are work-ready.

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Giving girls the code to a life in computing and engineering

shutterstock_3729817An organisation encouraging young girls to develop an interest in computer science and engineering aims to bridge the gap in the number of women and men employed in computing fields, whether as engineers or developers.

Girls Who Code is a New York-based non-profit with the aim of providing an education in computer science to 1 million young women by 2020.

That target is driven by figures suggesting just 0.8 per cent of women graduating from American colleges received a degree in computer science and another claim that even fewer girls of high school age in the US are interested in studying computer science in college.

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What’s stopping young women from taking up a career in IT?

shutterstock_79978408A male-dominated IT industry is problematic to a workforce that faces skills shortages in technology. Women are crucial to keeping up with the demand in an ICT workforce that DEEWR predicts will grow by 33,200 workers or 7.1 per cent from 2012 to 2017.

The problem is there’s not nearly enough women entering the industry as there should be. The Australian Computer Society’s Statistical Compendium 2012 found women only make up 19.73 per cent of the total ICT-related occupation workforce, declining from 24.10 per cent in 2011.

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ICT is the source for change

Ready to make the change? Talk to us about starting your ICT career.

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How to make 2014 your career year: A seven-point plan

Many of us are returning to work today for the first time in 2014, refreshed and ready to make a clean start by believing we’ll handle the next 12 months differently to how we handled the last.

You can diet your way to your perfect you, believe you’re going to be a better parent, friend, daughter, wife, girlfriend — or any other variation of yourself — or you can get practical and make 2014 a great year for you and all those around you by simply focusing on your career.

So how would you do that?


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New and updated courses!

To ensure we are delivering what employers are looking for, we make sure our courseware is in-line with the latest technologies and software versions. Therefore, as required we update our qualifications, and introduce new diplomas.

Computer Power now offers three diplomas, the Diploma of Information Technology Networking, the Diploma of Software Development and the Diploma of Website Development.

Our Diploma of Networking and Software Development courses have been updated as below:

Diploma of IT Networking

  • Additional study hours have been added to some certification courses to allow for a certification study allowance.
  • Technologies taught within the qualification have been updated as follows:
  • Windows 7 has been updated to Windows 8.1
  • Server 2008 R2 has been updated to Server 2012 R2
  • Certifications have been updated to the latest technologies and now total 8 with the introduction of the CWNP Certification.

The full list is below:

Configuring Windows 8

  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Technology Specialist
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate

Diploma of Software Development

  • Additional hours have been added to some certification courses to allow for a certification study allowance.

Technologies taught with the qualification have been updated as follows:

  • Visual Studio 2010 has been updated to Visual Studio 2013
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 has been updated to SQL Server 2012
  • NetBeans has been updated from 7.1 to 7.3.1
  • Windows Phone 7 has been updated to Windows Phone 8
  • Android development has been updated to latest version
  • Various other technologies have been updated to latest versions such as Visio, Project, Test Manager. Visual SVN etc.
  • Certification have been updated to the latest technologies and now total 3. The full list is below:Programming in C#
  • Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#
  • Advanced Windows Store App Development using C

We have a new diploma, the Diploma of Website Development. This qualification is suitable for individuals wanting to enter the ICT industry with the intention of establishing a career in the web development sector. It is a hands-on qualification which will provide you with the skills to develop commercial web and mobile based applications. Starting from the basics you will quickly learn how to create new software products or customise existing software products to meet clients’ needs.

If you have any questions about this please contact us on 1300 720 648.


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