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A love of problem solving was one of the factors that attracted IGNITED scholarship winner Katherine Holding to studying for a career in IT.
“When I was younger we used to have an IT person that came to our house to fix our computer,” Katherine said. “I had no idea at the time what he was doing, but I enjoyed watching him solving what was wrong, and it’s something I still really like - problem solving.”
Katherine first studied IT when she was in Year 9 and by the end of Year 11 had decided it was what she wanted to do. After visiting a number of universities, Katherine decided Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus was where she wanted to be.
“I felt Deakin had the best IT courses; you go straight into studying IT and I knew that was what I wanted to do.
“I also really liked the campus - it all looked great.” And the good first impressions have carried into Katherine’s first year of university studies.
“I’m enjoying it heaps. The atmosphere is so good and I’ve got to know lots of people.
“I like the smaller class sizes at Deakin and the interaction with the lecturers. If I have a question I can speak directly with the lecturer and that really helps.”
Katherine said being selected to receive an IGNITED scholarship had increased her confidence.
“The IGNITED scholarship has enabled me to reach my full potential within IT because it has increased confidence in my own abilities, created the freedom so I can concentrate on studies during the year and has increased the opportunities for my future career within IT.”
As for her future career aspirations, helping people and providing solutions is still high on Katherine’s agenda.
“At the moment, I think eventually being a network administrator or a systems analyst would be great - jobs where I can help people solve their IT problems.”
And her advice for anyone who is having problems choosing what to study?
“Pursue what you love doing. If you don’t like what you’re doing it’s harder to apply yourself.”