The IT curriculum team invited Ramya Vadivel, one of our reputed Governors, to address IT learners on Friday 16th June 2023. She met with learners and staff via MS teams.
The session started with an introduction and her journey into the tech industry. She focused on what technology is, how technology is changing in this fast-paced environment and why the industry is exciting for young professionals. She talked about various routes into the sector, career opportunities, basic and management job roles offered by the sector. She gave our learners “top tips to tap into the sector” as college leavers. Ramya emphasised the requirements of soft skills, work experience and growth mindset to do well in the industry. She answered learners’ questions regarding skills required as a beginner and reassured them that everyone is a fresher in the industry at some point in their lives, so not to fear applying for roles at this young age.
We also watched a video on “How technology can change the lives of millions of people”. Her thoughts on how tech was beneficial during the pandemic were enlightening. She gave valuable advice to learners on understanding their own strengths and investing time in “value mapping”. She told them to be realistic and follow their passion, be it coding, programming, product designing, data testing, data analysis, cloud security, robotics or artificial intelligence.
Learners were intrigued by her thoughts, and we received positive feedback from them. They mentioned that the session was informative and very interesting. Students were delighted to attend the session and as suggested by Ramya, many of them have already created LinkedIn profiles to reach out to other professionals working in a similar sector. They see value in getting work experience and improving soft skills. She gave them a lot of confidence in IT qualifications and where it could take them in future. She encouraged them to always aim high and not to confine themselves to a typical job role. This session has immensely benefitted our young learners.
We are grateful for her valuable time and hoping that she will be able to make your presence known next academic year too.