Q: What is it like working at True North Technology (TNT)?
Jay: Even though I am the youngest and least experienced employee at True North Technology, I still feel confident in my ability and love working there because I am surrounded by a motivational team. Studying at JCU while working at TNT really complements each other because I get to implement the theory that I'm learning at JCU to the work I do at TNT.
Ryan: True North Technology is a great workplace. Since I have studied with most of my co-workers, I have great relationships with them and a good deal of trust in their abilities. My boss has been very considerate during my studies, allowing time off to complete exams and assessments.
Matt: TNT is a busy but relatively stress-free workplace. I'm always doing or learning something new alongside our usual weekly tasks, be it a new project, new software to learn or a new Microsoft certification to study for. There's a good amount of variety and our clients are nice to work with. Staff and management are also friendly and supportive.
Q: What has your experience been with the transition from study to work?
Matt: I started at TNT part time during my third year at JCU and I also did my internship here. So, I found the transition from full time work quite seamless because learning the ropes through part time work helped a lot.
Ryan: The transition from study to work was a bit jarring for me. I realised that study and work have different definitions of "full time" and had to adjust to the number of hours as well as the routine of full-time work.
Jay: Studying full time at JCU and working part time at TNT has been busy, but a good challenge for my time management abilities.
Q: What advice would you give to future students interested in studying IT?
Jay: For anyone who is constantly hungry for knowledge, I would tell them that a degree and a career in IT will always provide them with something new to learn. If you feel like you haven't found a particular subject or field that you want to pursue, don't rule out IT because it has a broad range of career paths to choose from and you may discover a passion you didn't know you had.
Matt: Find something in IT that you're really passionate about, like programming or web design, that helps to motivate you and then incorporate other subjects where you can. IT is pretty flexible and most subjects work well together. There's always more than one solution to problems that you face in IT and having knowledge of areas outside of the one you specialise in helps you to creatively address those issues.
Ryan: Try to get as hands-on as possible! Theory will only take you so far, and having an idea of how to navigate servers and interfaces will give you a leg up as you study.