Enrolling in a Certificate IV in Information Technology and Networking helped Meray Abba, an Iraqi immigrant, reconnect with her future.
I love computers and, the power of networks. Networks connect everything – gaming platforms, communications, everything. I’ve always been curious, wanting to know how things work and trying new things.
I think I get it from my mother. She graduated in Computer Science so new technology has always been part of our family discussions.
Just before my family left Iraq, I had been accepted to do Software Engineering at university.
When my family travelled from Iraq to Melbourne in 2016, I spend a lot of time finding my feet. There were a lot of new experiences; meeting new people, learning new customs, learning a new language and getting the family settled.
Back in Iraq, I had been accepted into a Software Engineering course at university. Here in Melbourne, RMIT offers vocational education programs in networking that enable me to transition into a Bachelor’s in IT.
I chose RMIT because they have a great reputation in new technology, and I can explore a little of everything before deciding where I want to put all my energies.
It can seem confusing – it is confusing at first – because there’s so many different things to learn.
We do a lot of hands-on work in the RMIT course. We’re not just studying theory, we’re getting real time experience on real equipment answering real challenges.
The teachers we’ve had are awesome and they’ve all been very supportive, helping us and helping us grow.
They really tried to understand what we know, and what we needed to work on, and if they needed to change the way they taught so we’d be able to learn.
The opportunities I’ve had at RMIT, to meet people and get their perspectives, has really opened my eyes to the possibilities for a career – as a Networking Engineer, or a Security Engineer or perhaps in Systems Development.
As part of the course, I helped out at Cisco Live – a huge global event held in Melbourne – as part of a Dream Team on a live project. I got to work on really interesting projects, with some seriously smart people – so it’s not just computing networking, it’s networking for my career too.
With the skills I’ve learnt, and the knowledge I’ve developed and the network of people I know, I feel I’ve got the confidence to have a successful future in this industry.
I’m fully networked.
Because I have RMIT Know How.