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Ms Rebecca Kenny
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Business Information Systems
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Rebecca Kenny is looking forward to getting ‘industry ready’ from work placements she will undertake as part of two scholarships she has received. Rebecca received the Deakin Target IT award and an IGNITED (Initiative for a Girls’ Network in Information Technology and Engineering @ Deakin) scholarship after achieving an ATAR of 91.15 in her final year at Saint Ignatius College in Drysdale.
As the recipient of the Deakin Target IT award she receives $10 000 over two years and the opportunity to undertake work experience. She also receives $10 000 over the duration of her course and academic mentoring as an IGNITED scholarship winner. Living in Grovedale, Deakin was an obvious choice because of its close proximity to home. Rebecca had been to a Deakin Open Day and really enjoyed an IT presentation.
‘It seemed like a really friendly environment. The IT course sounded interesting and I liked that at the end of the course there was not just one outcome, you could branch into many areas,’ she says. Rebecca had not considered a career in IT until Year 12, but once she got a taste of it she was hooked. ‘In Year 11 I changed one of my subjects and IT was the only suitable subject I could take. I loved it! I loved the practical side of things. We were actively doing things, like making web sites and databases. Because it was hands-on it kept me interested, it’s much easier to learn when it’s hands-on.’
Rebecca gets to do work placements in IT at Target Head Office as part of her scholarship. ‘It’s exciting to be able to do work placements during my degree. It will get me industry ready. They say it usually takes up to six months after graduation for graduates to be work ready, this will give me an added advantage, I will gain experience working in the IT environment and industry, making me work ready. It will also give me direction in my course, by getting experience in a range of areas in IT. I will learn what areas of IT I enjoy and do well in which will give me a more defined
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