A seasoned barista with a degree in audio engineering, James Driessen had the luxury of choice when it came to careers. But it wasn’t quite enough.
James was looking for a change of pace, something that he already had some knowledge of and would enjoy.
His search ended when he found RMIT’s Diploma of Information Technology, a one-year program specialising in programming, web development, operating systems, networking and database modelling.
“The problem solving and logical aspects of IT appeal to me,” he said.
“There are so many jobs and career paths within the industry that I could take.”
A career in IT seems like a sustainable choice for the long term and James is optimistic about a future in programming or app development.
“My ideal job would be to work in programming as a software developer or mobile app developer,” he said.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to Java that was in the first semester of the program. I’m looking forward to mobile app development next semester and I could see myself doing that as a career.”
Learning multiple computer languages at once has been a challenge, but James says he’s getting the hang of it.
“The assignments we are given are very practical, you’re making programs, databases, simulating networks and programming routers,” he said.
“RMIT offers a lot of useful tools, like the remote desktop and applications you can download through DreamSpark for free as well as the great facilities in the Swanston Academic Building.
“I am learning skills that I can use in the future.”
James has juggled his study with his job as a barista in a busy Burnley café. Having brewed coffee for the past five years, he knows a thing or two about fuelling late-night study sessions.
James’ advice for others dreaming of a change of pace or a future in IT is to back yourself and go for it.
“It’s a practical, fast-paced introduction to IT,” he said.
“Keep yourself motivated and commit to the work and you will see the rewards. The lectures give you the basics and if you devote some of your own hours you’ll learn what you need to work in the industry.
“There is nothing you can’t understand or do if you put the effort and time in, just motivate yourself.”