‘I was brought up to think that on the job training was the best way to learn and that’s what I’m doing,’ said Sean.
‘At the end of the cadetship I will have five years’ experience working in a professional environment as well as a degree.’
‘In this industry it can be hard to start in the right workplace. You don’t always land a job where you can get the wide range of experiences that I have received at Bendigo Community Telco.’
Sean works part-time as a programmer in the company’s e-Business division, where he helps develop and maintain Bendigo Community Telco’s IT support system.
‘At the moment I’m developing a tool that will help customers analyse their accounts, instead of staff using spread sheets as they are currently doing.
‘I have a lot of independence on this project. I have a supervisor and mentor and I can ask for help at any time I need it, but I am developing this particular tool myself.
‘Once the system is live I will be responsible for its maintenance. If staff members have a problem with the system I will deal directly with them to find a solution.’
‘Sean has fitted into the team and is working very well,’ says Sean’s manager, James Daly. ‘It’s almost like he’s been part of the team for twice as long as he’s been here.’
Bendigo Community Telco, Community Telco Australia Bendigo IT, Integrating Technology and the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are offering cadetships for applicants wishing to study in La Trobe’s Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) courses in 2013.
Anyone interested in finding out more about La Trobe University IT programs should visit www.latrobe.edu.au/iibit and click on ‘Industry-based learning and cadetships’, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Mary Martin, IT Courses Coordinator at La Trobe University Bendigo on 5444 7273 or attend the first of three information sessions that will take place from 5.30 to 7.00 pm on 25 July, 28 August and 12 September at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo.
Applications for the cadetship program are open now and close 30 September 2012
Mary Martin, Ph 5444 7273, E email@example.com
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F (03) 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom O’Callaghan, Ph (03) 5444 7415 F (03) 5444 7526 M 0408 900 469 E T.OCallaghan@latrobe.edu.au