Industry Connect aims to make participants job-ready by the end of the programme, therefore meeting both the participants needs as well as a broader industry need.
As technology business owners, we see an increasing issue where there is a shortage of skilled software developers in the market to support business growth, however, at the same time recent graduates with acceptable grades, struggle to find their first entry-level role and get their careers underway. There is a real risk that these technology graduates will be lost from the industry if they do not find their first role and instead pursue other employment options.
As employers and senior IT managers over the last 15 years, we have employed many technology graduates and believe we understand, and can address, the fundamental drivers of this problem. Our goal was to create a course that addresses these issues.
Often employers don’t want to invest in up-skilling a graduate in commercial software development tools and frameworks. They would rather hire someone who already has acquired these skills elsewhere.
Many students that graduate university technology courses demonstrate introverted personality traits. They are often quiet, shy or reserved and don’t effectively ‘sell’ themselves. For some graduates it is their personality or communication skills, for others it’s cultural or english is a second language.
Many graduates don’t have the industry knowledge and confidence to approach the job hunt and talk with prospective employers effectively and therefore, they are not able to answer interview questions effectively.
Many graduates don’t have the industry connections to help them find their first job.
From Employer and Founder of Industry Connect:
Co-founder Andrew McPherson, CEO of Software Company Experieco, Organiser of NZ Big Data Meetup. Worked as CEO for various IT Start-up companies. Worked as Head of Design at Telecom/Spark. 12 Years as Software Developer
“I am a believer in bringing diverse people together and encouraging collaboration and learning. I’ve found this is the best way to spark fresh ideas and develop innovative business solutions.”
The other Co-founder Ray Lu is a Tech Entrepreneur, Start-up investor, Worked as Software & Testing Training Manager at Datacom, TXNZ (Air NZ), Mediaworks TV3, FOUR, The Radio Network NewstalkZB & Radio Sports, LHD(USA) and mentor of Central Station Software.
“I am fascinated with software product design and development. I have delivered several interesting software applications and large scale software solutions in Australia, New Zealand and North America.”