Industry Connect may have started in Auckland, but we’ve been so successful, last year we crossed the Tasmin and now Australians are reaping the rewards!
One of those Aussies is Harsha, who recently landed her first test analyst job in Melbourne after completing our job-ready program.
Before she started her new career, we sat down with Harsha to talk about her experience with Industry Connect.
First off Harsha, congratulations! We are so proud of you! How does it feel?
It feels awesome I don’t explain the feeling that I’m getting after I got the offer letter. It’s just awesome.
That’s so wonderful. Firstly, can you just tell everybody out there a bit about yourself and how you eventually ended up enrolling for the Industry Connect job-ready program?
I had three plus years of experience in India, I was working with an Indian company (even after I moved to Melbourne I was working remotely) so after that I was looking for a permanent role here in Melbourne, but I was not able to get any interviews. I was applying for like 40 or 50 roles a month, but I was not getting any interviews, and around then I found Industry Connect on Facebook, so I thought I’d give you guys a call.
So what would you say were the biggest challenges for you as an immigrant, sending out all these applications to jobs and not even hearing back from them. What do you think was hindering you from being successful in finding a job on your own?
I think there were two points. The first one was I didn’t have local experience which is a must in the Australian IT market. And the second point was that I was lacking some of the skills. I also had started automation testing and but I wasn’t up to up-to-date with the market skills that are required in the Australian IT market, so these two things Industry Connect helped me with; local experience as well as the skills that I needed to brush up and upgrade.
Looking back on your new experience with Industry Connect’s job-ready program, what else is in it that stands out for you? Something that you’d learned on the program or something where you feel that you bettered yourself that helped you to secure this job?
One thing for sure I am a lot more confident speaking to people, even multiple people at a time and I am more confident in explaining the things that I know. Before I knew things, but couldn’t speak and explain to them because I was not confident enough.
Have you got any advice for anybody out there who is currently in the same situation as you? Anyone who is struggling to secure a job in the IT market and facing the same challenges as you did what would you say to them?
If you are looking for a job in the Australian IT market, in Melbourne especially, you have to have some local experience and your skills should be updated according to market standards. You must join Industry Connect. If you join you will have local experience, and you will be able to work on a project where you are given so much flexibility and freedom that you learn new things you work on, and you can explain it to multiple people, so when you get a call and interview you are very confident and that helps. Joining Industry Connect is the first thing you have to do to get a job so that’s why I would say it’s the best thing to do.
That’s great, and we wish you all the best of luck in your new job as a test analyst in Melbourne. Remember that we always here for you if you do need our guidance and assistance in going forward, but we know you’re just going to smash it up big so go have fun and good luck!
What is Industry Connect?
We have been helping career changers, recent IT graduates and people with career gap to start their IT/software careers.
Over the years, we have helped hundreds kick-start an IT/software career. (Verifiable evidences are available on this website)
We are an innovative software training school backed by global/local software companies. Our ecosystem is an incubation process that supports our participants until they launch a tech career.
Our Job-Ready training programmes focus on,
- Software Development
- Business Intelligence (or Data Analyst)
- Test Analyst
- Six Weeks Training Classes (Practical Tech Skills)
- Three Months (or more) Structured Internship on Large Commercial-Scale Projects (Learning enhanced, flexible Hours)
- Employer Network (job analysis and internal referral if goals are met)
You can join us via Zoom (live face-to-face meeting) remotely from anywhere and "download" the valuable knowledge & experiences from our tech experts across different tech centres.