The place to be
Brendon Ward talks about internships and student experience in the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Co-operative Scholarship.
After discovering the possibilities of IT early in high school, Brendon Ward was immersed in software design and coding by year 11. “There’s not really much else that I’ve been interested in,” he says about career paths.
Brendon is now in his second year of the UTS Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Co-operative Scholarship. Aimed at high-achieving students, it is one of Australia’s leading IT programs with a distinct advantage: the three-year, fast-tracked degree includes two internships with leading tech employers. He says it’s the right place to be. “You’re at UTS, the home of technology. Being keen on IT and that industry, the name speaks for itself.”
Brendon’s first-year internship was at leading logistics software developer WiseTech Global, where he worked on their flagship product, CargoWise One. It is used by over half of the world’s top 50 third-party logistics providers.
It was a great experience. I got to rotate through three teams, learned a lot doing day-to-day tasks and picked up coding skills. It wasn’t just applying skills from uni.
The lead-up to the internship was equally memorable. To ensure a relevant and productive experience, students visited over 30 of the sponsor companies to engage with professionals. “It’s good to meet people and get an insight into what you’ll be doing,” says Brendon. “From there you get to place your preferences for the internship.”
Industry engagement doesn’t end with internships, he adds. “I’m part of the UTS Tech Society; companies hold networking events, so I’ve been able to meet people from the industry and build my network.”
Class projects reflect the practical skills education that UTS is renowned for. “One of the degree subjects I’m doing is Software Engineering Practice,” Brendon explains. “My team is working on a hospital management system. We’ve just finished a prototype and I’m really enjoying it because that’s what you’ll be doing in the workforce.”
Brendon has also been able to flexibly combine studies with a part time job. “UTS has done wonders because I’ve been able to schedule my classes around work at Nielsen, who do television audience measurement,” he says. “They’re a sponsor of the BIT degree. It’s been beneficial, as I can get more experience.”