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Edition 3

Welcome to the third edition of The Byte newsletter, focussing on self development. In this edition, our editor, Chris Gonsalvez, shares her inspiring story on the importance of loving what you do. On that note, we encourage you to push the boundaries and reach for the sky as you learn invaluable skills for your future career - check our 'Did You Know' section for FREE eLearning access.     

We are excited to present you with a selection of interesting competitions in the 'Just Do It' section, that will challenge your creativity and perseverance. Don't forget to always VIEW ALL for more fun things to do. We also encourage you to apply and score yourself a position in one of the graduate programs offered by our industry partners in the 'My Career' section. 

Keep giving us your feedback so that we can make this newsletter exactly what you want. Enjoy!
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Humans of IT

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Chris Gonsalvez, Associate Dean Student Engagement - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University ... I'm the one of the right :), with Peer Mentor Karol Vitangcol.

I love this photo because it captures perfectly the joy my students bring to me. Working in IT in the 80s, running a training session, it dawned on me that I had found exactly what I wanted to do with my life - teaching. A few years later, I started my journey as an academic - it was an extraordinary feeling knowing that in a tiny way I was having an impact on all these lives – it is something that I still feel every day. Some would say that I was just thrilled to have found a job where I could talk for 2 hours at a stretch and nobody could tell me to 'shut up'. As a young child I wanted to have 12 children and my vision was that it would be exactly like the 'Sound of Music' - these perfect children, would sing, march around in matching outfits, rushing to fulfil my every demand. The reality - 2 perfectly imperfect boys - fighting, screaming and definitely no matching outfits. Thankfully, teaching has given me thousands of mostly lovely children. I feel so blessed to have found a job that gives me great happiness every single day. It is what I wish for each and every one of my students.
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My Career

"It takes initiative, persistence, motivation and adaptation to find the job you want – more often than not, it won’t just fall in your lap!."   Graduate Employer   

A few highlights:


Transurban - Mentoring Program

Transurban is on the look out for female students in IT to spend approximately 5 days at their office, working closely with a key mentor, observing and discussing the realities of the profession. You will receive a certificate of recognition that can be used as part of your professional portfolio. Intake will be in June/July. Applications close COB 29 April.

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Accenture - Graduate Program

Accenture is now hiring the next generation of leaders. They are looking for graduates that have a genuine passion for technology who want to build a solid career on delivering the next best solution for their clients. Got what it takes? Apply now! Application deadline 15 May.

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SEEK - Jora is Looking for a Web Crawling Analyst

A permanent part time position, 15 hours per week, is available at Jora, an Australian based start-up job search engine, part of the SEEK Group. This opportunity will excercise your software development skills. You wil help set-up 'crawlers' to scrape jobs from web sites through the use of their in-house tools.

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Just Do It

"If you're waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you'll never make it." Criss Jami, Healology.


NASA Space Apps Challenge

Can you code, design, create, innovate or are you just interested in anything awesome, new or techie? If yes, join the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. Pick from the 'List of Challenges' below, register your interest, develop your idea, and 'hop on a train' on the 22 April to join the event.

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Monash Collegiate Programming Competition

The Monash Collegiate Programming Contest (MCPC) is part of an international event that pits top universities in the world against one another. You will be given a set of real-world problems and will attempt to solve as many as you can in 3 hours. The contest will test your algorithmic skills and creativity. Registration closes 22 April.

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Around The World: In 1 Day Festival

The Monash University International Students Service presents Around The World: In 1 Day Festival. Try new food, learn about new cultures and watch live performances from a diverse range of cultures.

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We Did It!

UNIHACK Mini was a lively event, with many students enjoying their first hackathon. Mentored by our senior IT students and alumni, the focus of many of the teams was collaborative gaming. Bring on UNIHACK 2016 - Monash is ready.  Reinventing Space Invaders was great fun for our Software Engineering students, as they learnt about pair programming and test driven development at the Industry workshop run by SEEK.  
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Did You Know?

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Learn New Skills Anytime Anywhere

As a Monash student, you can access hundreds of courses from two of the most popular eLearning providers, and Skillsoft for FREE. So create an account and start learning today.



Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
Important Life Lessons From Steve Jobs
"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." said the founding father of Apple, Steve Jobs, who delivered one of the most inspirational speeches in 2005. Play the video - who knows, you will be struck by motivational lighting to follow your heart, never give-up and push yourself to do your best. 

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Buzz Word


A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

Lifehack: 12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People 

Ask Terence

Q. Terence, I am so busy tweeting, working, drinking, playing, lurking - how can I find time to study?
A. I feel your pain - I too am very busy twerking. First thing, write a list - include things you have already done - tick them off. You will feel instantly better. That probably exhausted you, so have a little lie down - procrastinate.  While you're doing that, dream about how to better prioritise, plan and make the most of your time. Who knows, it may change your life!

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