Sweden’s Ellen Larsson talks about being a female international student studying IT.
Why did you enrol in the Diploma of Information Technology?
I had no previous experience or background in IT when I decided to study it, but I was good at maths and I wanted a challenge. I just think it’s so cool to be able to write code and make something.
Taking on the challenge to learn about IT has given me knowledge that I could not just pick up from a book. With RMIT’s support and the help from my teachers I have learnt a brand new skill and developed an interest in programming.
What have you studied and where have you worked previously?
Since graduating from a social science program in Sweden 2007 I have worked primarily in the hospitality and real estate industries. I’m currently an assistant property manager.
What was different about your program?
I was surprised to find I was one of only a couple of girls in my class and that most of the guys came with prior IT knowledge, but the challenge kept me going. I think being a woman with a diverse background will be an advantage for me moving forward in my career. If I really work hard to be good at this I’ll stand out.
What was the biggest challenge that you faced?
The program required so much work and effort but once I got a handle on it I was hooked. I believe anyone can learn anything if they really want to.
What did you like best about studying at RMIT?
Definitely the hands-on experience. The program is very practical and we get to apply our own imagination and design to our projects. Studying at RMIT has been a great experience because there’s so much support, especially for international students. The teachers support you to go the extra mile so how far you take the experience is really up to you. I learnt so much and I loved it!
How would you describe the Diploma of IT to others considering doing it?
You will learn hands-on skills in programming, networking, web development, database systems and so much more. Even if you have no previous experience or knowledge, you will finish this degree with the knowledge on how to set up a small network, create a functional application and design a website. If you’re ready to take on a challenge and want to start a career in the IT world, this is the course for you.
Story: Kate Jones