At age 23, with two degrees under her belt, Caitlin Apcar was still unsure what she wanted to do in her career.
Caitlin went straight to university after high school, earning a Bachelor of Business Management at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) and an Advanced Diploma of Fashion Business at FBI Fashion College. But when she graduated, she wasn’t interested in looking for a job. It was a sure-fire sign she hadn’t yet found her niche.
When she decided to take the plunge and study her third degree, she made sure to tick all the boxes; it had to be something she loved that would ensure employability.
She landed on a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Data Science at Macquarie University, and it’s teaching her to use her analytical skills in real-world situations.
Caitlin is eagerly looking forward to the final year capstone project. At Macquarie Uni, students are matched up with a real business in their final year and tasked with handling the company’s data to create innovative solutions to real problems, like redesigning their database for example.
“It’s so cool to see your learning in a real life scenario,” she says.
Endless employability options is just another perk of Caitlin’s degree. Thanks to a global increase in the use of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and tech devices, we have more data than ever before. We’re producing 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day!
That data provides important insights into anything from how to run a profitable business, to health trends or national security. The result? Data scientists are in demand with 2.7 million new data science and data analytics jobs predicted to crop up by the year 2020.
“The amount of data we have now is so much more than there was even 2 or 3 years ago. It’s always changing and always evolving which means I’ll always have a job.
“Plus, the average salary for a data scientist is $100,000,” says Caitlin. “If that doesn’t seal the deal I don’t know what will!”
Caitlin’s pathway to a Bachelor of IT at Macquarie University
> > Bachelor of Business Management, ICMS
> > Advanced Diploma of Fashion Business, FBI Fashion College
> > Bachelor of IT (Data Science), Macquarie University
“The average salary for a data scientist is $100,000. If that doesn’t seal the deal I don’t know what will!”
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.