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It was time to make the change



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.


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Limited work experience didn’t hold Jonathan back



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.


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The most common job interview questions and how to answer them


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.


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Stay afloat in new jobs climate

HESE sectors show enough promise to keep us from the depths of joblessness

Australia’s unemployment rate has passed 6 per cent for the first time in over a decade, and thinking about future job prospects can be daunting.

Thankfully, there are some strong tailwinds behind other industries expected to pick up the slack left by traditional manufacturing and mining.

If you’re wondering about your future, now is the time to proactively plan ahead and find the right training to fill the gaps.

Here are some of the top areas for future employment.



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The role of our Instructors


Our Instructors view themselves as coaches and mentors. They do not teach in the traditional sense of teachers or lecturers, they assist the students towards the development of knowledge and skills. Our policy is to encourage students to attempt to resolve their own problems and then as needed seek instructional assistance.

Our Academic Team is made up of eight (possibly more by the time you read this) Instructors and an Academic Manager.

All of our instructors hold a certificate in Training and Assessment, which ensures they are qualified to deliver the accredited Computer Power training and to assess students work. Trainers also hold a qualification within their speciality area such as Networking and Software Development.

We want our students to be able to learn for themselves. The technological advances occurring every day, it is probable that the techniques a student learns today with specific software or equipment may be irrelevant in three to five years. Therefore we want students to learn the theories and the principles behind the tools and more importantly the ability to learn.

When they’re not instructing our team like to watch and play sports, bake, spend time with their families. With the range of backgrounds and interests, they are as varied as our students.

We encourage students to contact our Instructor Team as often as they require on 1300 720 648 1300 720 648 or log a support request using SMART.


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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.

Here’s a great video that we’ve shared throughout our office about being persuasive:

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