SIT Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) students met with representatives of several large southland businesses to discuss job opportunities for graduates.
Representatives from New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, superintendent of automation Brian Ingha, SBS Bank IT staff Craig Escott and Rachel Robertson, and Gen-I Technical Consultant Steve Wilcox met with second and third year BIT students to offer them advice on how to successfully enter the IT industry as graduates.
Gen-I Technical Consultant Steve Wilcox highlighted the vital skill sets still needed after his 25 years’ experience in the IT industry. “Two key things that have stayed the same are communication and troubleshooting – having a good methodology. “You need to look closely at how you do the troubleshooting process; it applies to any industry, not just I.T.”
“We have employed 7- 8 IT graduates in the last 2-3 years from the bachelor. These employees often move up from helpdesk to field checking team, systems engineer. They are plenty of opportunities for growth,” said Mr Wilcox.
SIT IT tutor Scott Morton said the reason behind the visit is getting future employers to talk to the students , giving them a taste of what they can expect from business when they apply for jobs. “They learn what these companies are looking for in an employee and what the students should be doing to give them an edge over other candidates and be prepared for the interview.”