CASE STUDIES

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ALEX DANCE

Marketing & Mathematics to Data Science & AI

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How Alex became a data scientist at Westpac after COVID-19 forced a career change

Father of two Alex Dance was busy running a successful marketing consultancy when COVID-19 hit. With his clients abruptly cutting their marketing budgets Alex was faced with a harsh reality and knew he needed to take action.

Fascinated by data, Alex wanted to remake his career by gaining practical skills in data science, data analytics, machine learning and AI while also leveraging his marketing domain knowledge. So he retrained in Data Science and AI with the Institute of Data over the course of three months and then landed a role at Westpac as a Data Scientist.

Alex was mentored and trained by data science experts and quickly secured his new role in the high growth data industry despite COVID-19.

“Our trainer was a very good analyst, teacher and also already had the soft skills we needed to learn. Every day I looked forward to learning from him. Similarly, in a workplace you work very closely with technical and non-technical people and when they have relevant soft skills, then they are somebody I look forward to working with. I also like working in teams where we all support and encourage each other, which is where having soft skills is important and I think everyone should spend time developing their soft skills if they are looking to work in data.”

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SARITA

Research & Engineering to Data Science & AI

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How Sarita launched her data science career in 12-weeks

With a background in science and engineering and the determination to accelerate her career, Sarita needed a way to stand out in the job market. She was focused on gaining job-ready skills in data science, analytics and AI. Through our 12-week full time Data Science & AI programme, Sarita was mentored and trained by data science experts and quickly landed a new role as a Data Analyst.

“I was initially exposed to the Data Science arena through my research career in Artificial Neural Networks. My paper was successfully published in an International Journal as a result. I am also a PhD graduate in Chemical Engineering from India. However, I realised there was a huge barrier facing international residents when trying to land an interview or get shortlisted for any type of industry role, despite their qualifications. To break into the Australian market, I needed a course that enabled me to quickly gain new practical skills as I lacked local career experience.”

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EZ YIAP

Travel, Sales and Consulting to Cyber Security

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From travel to cyber security: how Ez re-booted his career

Thanks to our Cyber Security Programme, Ez Yiap successfully landed a cyber security role at Triskele Labs within 6 months of his travel industry career coming to an abrupt end. Ez was the recipient of a generous AIR Scholarship, specifically created to assist people in the travel industry to transition into cyber security.

As a part of the Cyber Security Programme, Ez was mentored and trained by industry experts and landed a job in the cyber security industry before graduating the 24-week part time course.

“Six months ago, all I saw was the crash-landing travel industry. Now, I see more possibilities than ever before. One of the exciting things about the beginning of this journey is that there’s such an incredible opportunity to learn, grow and move within the cyber industry. From roles that are super technical, to people focused and everything in between.”

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MATT

Hospitality to Cyber Security

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Learn how Matt transitioned to an industry role in cyber security

Matt made a career change from the hospitality industry where he worked as a kitchen hand to cyber security in 2020. Matt was passionate about building his cyber career and focused on gaining practical cyber security skills to land a job quickly in the industry. He was mentored and trained by industry experts and secured a job as a Cyber Security Analyst before graduating the course.

“My career outlook has been completely turned around since upskilling and coming into the cyber security industry. Although I had transferable interpersonal skills, my new responsibilities and the expectations of me as a cyber professional are completely different to being a kitchen hand. I’m enjoying what I do now more than ever and I’m excited to keep progressing.”