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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

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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

Soft skills

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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.

Here’s a great video that we’ve shared throughout our office about being persuasive: http://vimeo.com/84460349?autoplay=1

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