Code your path
Fast track your studies with vocational training offered online and at TAFE, colleges and universities – and get a competitive edge.
Vocational programs can give students the practical skills that can land them a job in many areas, from cybersecurity to film and television, says Karen May, assistant director, ICT & Media – Creative Arts & IT Faculty at Sydney TAFE.
“The vocational pathway is very broad and we encourage students to consider how they can use their skills in different areas,” she says. “Vocational students get picked up by the industry quickly because they’re job-ready.”
To get students up to speed with the fast-growing tech industry, TAFE offers a range of opportunities in addition to their standard programs. These include short courses and master classes with industry leaders, 24-hour cyber security challenges and the opportunity to compete in global competitions like WorldSkills.
Recently, Sydney TAFE ran the Limelight Project, an eight-week collaborative venture where IT students worked with other faculties to create an online shop. “We encourage teamwork and skill-sharing with students from other backgrounds, like business and marketing,” Karen says.
Unlike a degree pathway, vocational training allows students to start at any time and work at their own pace. It can also fast-track your career without the need to spend years studying for additional qualifications.
Jonathan Romer, a computer systems engineering student in the advanced diploma program at RMIT University in Melbourne, says one of the best things about vocational training is that industry leaders help design programs to equip graduates with the skills to meet the demands of the field.
“Vocational training is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as quickly as possible,” he says. “You gain a competitive edge because you get hands-on experience with new and innovative technology.”
– Gemma Conroy
There are also plenty of opportunities to get skills through online courses. General Assembly offers a 12-week coding program and the University of Adelaide runs a bunch of online courses for teachers to get additional computer science know-how. Or, you can check out some of the online options from other countries – after all, computer science skills are global tools!
>> Get skilled up through the University of Adelaide MOOCs
>> Take some General Assembly courses
>> Take on a project outside class. See what’s trending in the open source coding community at GitHub
>> Spend 20 hours learning to code through Code Studio
>> Access tech courses on Python, 3D printing, Minecraft and more with Tech Rocket
>> Make a website, learn SQL and more in eight different programming languages at Code Academy