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To our new and returning students a BIG WELCOME from the Faculty of IT.  We hope you had a great break and are ready for hard work and lots of fun. 

Every fortnight during semester, our newsletter will let you know about opportunities for fun, career and personal development, and give you a glimpse into the lives of ‘Humans of IT’. In our first edition, we are delighted to hear from our Undergraduate Student Engagement leaders.  

Employers tell us that they want graduates who like to get involved, so check out our ‘Just Do It’ events calendar, full of things to get you engaged. Don't forget to look at the ‘My Career’ section for a chance to share your skills and smarts, and you must check out our brand new section: Solve The Riddle! It's right at the end of the page. Submit your answer for a chance to win a prize, and find the correct answer in the next edition of The Byte! Always click View entire message to make sure you don't miss anything.

Queen Ghina is the voice for you, so be sure to send her any questions you might have or let her know what you want to see in the next editions - you can do all that in the Ask Ghina section.
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Humans of IT

Undergraduate FIT Student Engagement Committee

Sophia Huynh, Thamale Hettiarachchige, Mayank Adlakha, Matt Gueit, Antonia Downes, Zoe Higgins, Robert Koch, Arushi Sharma, Kevin Vo, Erfan Norozi, - some members of our Undergraduate FIT Student Engagement Committee

Bringing a sense of community to our faculty is what we are here for: from curating The Byte newsletter for you to find opportunities, supporting our new students through our Peer Mentor Program, to organising many social events to make your crazy university life even crazier. As students ourselves, we want to have a more enjoyable and engaging uni life. Most importantly, we want to create meaningful relationships amongst students and staff that can be sustained over the years.

So, few tips for the newbies just starting first year:  
"Get involved with as many things as you can on campus. Be it signing up for clubs, volunteering, or even something as simple as just attending events, Monash has a lot to offer and getting involved is a great way to meet new people and make new friends" Arushi Sharma.

"Join a study group, it's a really effective way to learn and you'll make friends!" Matt Gueit.

"New students should involve themselves in the IT community more in order to get the most out of their degree." Erfan Norozi. 

"Learn the contact details of those who can help you quickly - whether it be lecturers, tutors or help desks - and don't hesitate to ask for help. A problem shared can easily become a problem halved!" Niky Chen.

Whether it be through our Trivia Night, Games Night, FREE BBQs or other fun events, be sure to get involved and make new friends - Uni is really the best time of your life. 

Got a suggestion who could be our next Human of IT? Click here

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Just Do It

“New Year - a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours" - Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe.

A few highlights:


DiversIT Monash

The tech industry would benefit greatly from a more diverse workforce - diverse teams perform better, are more creative and innovative and help bring different perspectives to problem solving. DiversIT is a support network that will target four key areas: building a community, guiding career initiatives, providing mentors and connecting alumni. We'll mail you about opportunities that are directly relevant to you; social events, industry programs, mentoring programs, networking events, etc.

Sign-up here



Monash Doctoral Program & Scholarships Information Evening

Whether you're a current Honours or Masters student looking to take the next step in your research career or a professional seeking to develop world-class expertise, Monash Graduate Education invites you to the Monash Doctoral Program & Scholarships Information Evening.

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Women in Tech celebrate International Women's Day - 'Hidden Figures'

To celebrate International Women's Day, Code Like a Girl is co-hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed 'Hidden Figures', based on the true but little-known story of the space race.

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This is a hacking weekend to create the sustainable cities of the future. Throughout the weekend, participants will be coached and mentored by a stellar line-up of experts and entrepreneurs. There is no need to have prior experience as an entrepreneur or coder. First prize team will be awarded $1000.

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Unearthed Melbourne 2017 - Hackathon

Looking to work on a real-life challenge and data set, network with industry professionals, and perhaps even score an internship or job in the resource sector? Participate in this 54 hours hackathon challenge! Teams retain complete ownership of any ideas created over the weekend and have the chance to go back to the resource companies at the event to continue to develop and commercialise.

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Telstra Innovation Challenge 2017

Solve some of the largest problems that Australian agriculture faces today by designing, hacking, and coding with a team of fellow innovators. Finalists will pitch their solution to an expert panel, be in the running for a range of great prizes, and help build the future of Australia's agricultural industry. Click register to attend our information session.

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My Career

"Have your resume and cover letter checked by your careers service staff, a lecturer, or by a contact in the industry. They can tell you if it's appropriate for the position you want." Graduate Opportunities

A few highlights:


Google - Kickstart 2017

Kickstart 2017, a Code Jam competition, is a series of six online rounds of algorithmic quizzes designed by Google engineers. From your own home, you’ll have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the programming skills needed for a technical career at Google, while at the same time showing off your own talents. The top participants from each round may be invited to interview for a role at Google.

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PwC - Graduate Program

You will get the opportunity and support to develop your business and technical skills through a range of programs and professional qualifications. Domestic and international students studying in Australia are encouraged to apply. Applications close 5 March.

Apply Now



WIRED and FIT presents: Industry Night

Leading employers of tech students like IBM, EY, nbn, Telstra and much more are looking for talent like you. Come and join for a chance to network with them, and find out more about opportunities available.

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Australia Post Graduate Program

The program offers a structured 2-year program and undergoes three 8 month rotations - exposing you to both business-as-usual activities and standalone projects. You will experience various business rotations within the stream you apply for. Applications close 19 March.

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Woodside - Graduate Development Program

The program offers you three years of structured development with carefully designed job rotations while you learn from some of the brightest leaders in their industry. Domestic and international students studying in Australia are encouraged to apply. Applications close 24 March.

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Transurban - 2017 Graduate Program

Transurban, an ASX20 toll road operator is currently seeking technology graduates for their 2017 Graduate Program. The program aims to recruit the next generation of leaders and entails 4 rotations over 2 years with outstanding mentoring and professional development. Applications deadline 30 October.

Apply Now

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We Did It!

  • 200 undergraduate students came together for a fun Trivia night, with the added bonus of wild dancing and even a bit of singing.
  • A big congratulations to Caitlin Doogan for receiving a Learning and Teaching Committee Student Recognition Prize last year. Caitlin started the "Sundowner Seminar Series" where industry representatives came in to speak to our student cohort about the real-world industry-view of Data Science and what lies ahead for them. 
Monash team who had just won the Western Division ICPC Programming Competition
Monash team who had just won the Western Division ICPC Programming Competition

Did You Know?

In case you haven't seen it, our Faculty of IT website just got a fresh look! When you are there, do visit our Student Experience page to stay in the loop with student activities. 

Solve The Riddle

The Dreaded

There's a 5 letter word with three of the same consonant and two different vowels. You're likely to read it often if you are, for some reason, still using a Windows 98 machine. Can you guess what the word is?

You can help yourself by finding the hidden hint.

Submit your answer here for your chance to be our lucky prize winner!

Ask Ghina

Q. I'm a 1st year. Where's the "usual stuff" you promised me. 
A.  Stay in school, don't do drugs.  Jk.  Well, not really, it's still valid advice.. but I've got more than just that.

  • Uni is not high school. The work, results, people and the methods of teaching are 100% different. But do not fret my dear child, it'll take you no more than a few weeks to get used to it.
  • Make friends, because most of your new knowledge will come from them (even if they aren't IT geniuses - you might learn something while helping them debug their code).
  • Don't forget to eat, sleep and go to the bathroom. It sounds unlikely but I promise it does happen, and while it may save you time, your productivity will go waaaay down.
  • But most of all, don't forget to relax and have fun. These will be the years you tell your kids about.

Got your own question? Ask Ghina!

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