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Students learn innovative ways to use their degree

Students from BiG, the largest IT society at UTS and UTS Club of the Year, hosted another successful career event, called “How Can I Use My IT Degree Innovatively?” on 11 October. This event was run for current Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology students and aimed to inform them of the wide range of career opportunities available in the ICT sector

A panel was assembled with a range of ICT industry professionals who discussed topics such as: starting your own business; career progression after university; and climbing the corporate ladder. There was a wide range of experience amongst the panellists, consisting of very senior professionals to young students already running their own business.

Richard White, CEO and founder of WiseTech Global agreed to MC the event and students and guests were welcomed by Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Faculty of Engineering and IT Associate Dean (Research and Development).

Richard White

Richard White

The industry panel were:

  • Zupin Appoo – WiseTech Global, UTS:IT Graduate
  • Sebastian Kade - WiseTech Global and 2nd year UTS BIT student
  • Peter Cooper - CEO and founder of CooperSydney
  • Sheng Yeo - MD and founder of Orion Virtualisation Solutions UTS student
  • Nikki Durkin - CEO and founder of 99dresses.com, UTS:Business student
  • Craig Shotland - CER and co-founder of Net Starter, UTS:IT Graduate
  • Trinh Nguyen - Director at Macquarie Bank, UTS:IT Graduate

The event was very popular and the room was full to capacity with students eager to hear from real industry professionals. During the question and answer session the students were very active, asking many insightful questions. BIT sponsor, WiseTech Global, were very generous in the provision of free merchandise to encourage the students to engage with the panel.

Popular topics for discussion were starting your own business, working for a corporate versus running your own business, and the value of beginning your career while still studying at university. The event was enjoyed by all and many students went away inspired to explore and consider new career paths and business opportunities.
 

Panelists: Trinh Nguyen, Craig Shotland, Niki Durkin, Sheng Yeo, Peter Cooper, Sebastian Kade and Zupin Appoo.

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