Fed Uni degrees

Big breaks

By Laura Boness

Federation University’s collaboration with IBM offers students unique opportunities in computer science degrees.

When student Joey Erasmus immigrated to Australia from South Africa, it was tech company IBM’s close relationship with Federation University that first attracted her to the university’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice).

Now in her third year, Joey is doing paid work experience with IBM’s development team as part of her degree.

“Everything I learn at uni I apply at IBM,” she says, adding that it works both ways. “It’s a win-win situation all the way. I can’t see any negatives.”

Professional work experience is built into the course – you work in the industry and get paid for it. Plus, there’s almost a guarantee you’ll find a job after graduation, as you receive preferential access to IBM’s graduate employment opportunities.

Federation University is also building relationships with banks around Australia who are looking for graduates with skills in enterprise computing.

The skills graduates get from this degree cover a broad range of subjects and are transferable to many areas. Students can also choose from a wide range of electives, such as business or enterprise mainframe computing, that will complement their work experience with IBM.

“It has some benefits over and above doing an IT course,” says Kathleen Keogh, course coordinator of Professional Practice. “The base model is the IT degree, and the added bonus is the work experience.”

TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice), Federation University

The skills graduates get from this degree cover a broad range of subjects and are transferable to many areas.

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