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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Discover and boost your career potential

ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half-Day Conference is targeted towards but not limited to students currently completing their studies, this special event will allow participants to keep abreast with their professional development through the facilitation of several sessions, highlighting ways in which student and graduates can stand out and succeed as a skilled professional. 

Event Start: Tue 05 May 03:00 AM
Event Finish: Tue 05 May 07:30 AM


Registration End Date: Fri 01 May 03:00 AM

<p>The event will consist of 4 sessions where our industry experts will share their insights on how to map out your professional career, what skills are required for a tech professional and what additional resources you can use to improve your employability. Attendees will also hear about what IT companies are looking for and how you can get ready for your next step and flourish throughout your career. <br><br>This event will allow you to receive 4 CPD hours if all 4 sessions are attended. You are still required to complete all event reports during the Professional Environments online course to document your participation and key learning outcomes for these professional development events.<br><br>ALL 4 SESSIONS MUST BE ATTENDED TO RECEIVE 4 CPD HOURS. <br><br><b>Session #1 How to Start and Boost Your Career by Thinking Bigger</b><br><br>This presentation will give you:</p> <ul><li>The 5Cs required to get your first job or your next job</li><li>The one trait all employers want… but won’t tell you</li><li>A simple method to help you overcome challenges as you build your career</li></ul> <p><b>Session #2 Build required, desired and transferable skills</b><br><br>Having the right skills and capabilities to adapt and grow in an ever shifting environment is critical if we are to not only survive but thrive. The purpose of this session is to:</p> <ul><li>Look at 3 skill streams that are important for a tech professional</li><li>Get a better understanding of required, desired and transferable skills</li><li>Consider things when planning your skills development plan</li></ul> <p><b>Session #3 What IT companies look in associate profiles</b></p> Even if more and more developers are trained and enter the job market, companies will be looking for the most qualified people, despite the obvious lack of experience.<br><br>In this talk, the speaker will provide you with a few insights on: <ul><li>What topics you should focus on during your program</li><li>What abilities you should demonstrate to your future employer</li><li>What IT-savvy companies look for</li></ul> <p><b>Session #4 How LinkedIn can help to improve your employability </b></p> A standout LinkedIn profile is essential for today’s professional. This presentation will show you what you need to do today to support your career tomorrow and beyond. In this session we will look at: <ul><li>The power of a great LinkedIn profile</li><li>5 essential elements of an all-star LinkedIn profile</li><li>Online networking in the digital first world essentials</li></ul> <img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1587101874000"></img>

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Arjuna Kulatunga

Arjuna Kulatunga

AJ Kulatunga is a Young Achiever, Professional Speaker and Unconventional Entrepreneur, who is passionate about sharing ideas that inspire positive change in the world.

Originally from Darwin, when he was 7 years old he started his own neighborhood newspaper, at 14 - a website development business, and at 23 AJ ran away from a bad boss to pursue his dream of starting his own ICT Consulting Firm – BLKMGK (Black Magic).

After growing the firm to 13 staff and securing big name clients like Microsoft, HP and Fujitsu, AJ decided to leverage his experience and pursue a bigger dream - to become a Global Professional Speaker. For his Entrepreneurial achievements AJ was named NT Young Achiever of the Year in 2008.

Today, AJ lives in Melbourne and when he’s not on stage he likes to tinker with his car, play guitar and research Artificial Intelligence for his next crazy project.

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Jackie O'Dowd

Jackie O'Dowd

Jackie O’Dowd is the Founding Partner and CEO of Realising-Potential, author of Connecting the Dots The Blueprint for Strategically Aligned Business Performance, and creator of the realising success® business optimisation and transformation framework. 

With extensive experience across multiple industry sectors such as Health, Civil & Mining Services, Petroleum, Construction, Manufacturing, ICT, Government and Professional Services, she helps organisations to optimise, innovate and transform.

Jackie has a Master of Leadership and Management from Curtin University.

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David Alia

David Alia

David Alia is CEO of OCTO Technology Australia, an IT Consulting company created in France in 1998. Through his career of Software Engineer, he has advised his clients on various topics like Architecture, Lean, Agile and Transformation. 

Still eager to code with his teams during internal coding nights, he assists executives and managers who desire to change their way of working for real and who value quality over quantity. This can be made possible through Discipline (Lean and Software Craftsmanship), Creativity (Culture Hacking, Mindfulness) and Expertise, all ingredients that bloom in a culture of safety and trust.

David has been a key player on strategic IT topics at ASX50 companies, such as Qantas, AMP, Australia Post.

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Kylie Chown

Kylie Chown

Kylie is a LinkedIn Strategist, Trainer and Coach. With over 15 years of experience, she has worked with thousands of people to help them grow their business and careers using LinkedIn and managing their online digital brand. 

In 2019, she was named the #2 LinkedIn Trainer in Asia-Pacific by the Social Media Marketing Institute. She was included in the Top 10 LinkedIn Experts in 2018. In 2019, she was a finalist in the Social Media Marketing Awards for the “Best Use of LinkedIn”.  

She is currently 1 of only 7 people in Australia to be certified as a Social Branding Analyst by Reach in the USA. Kylie is the co-author of the book “CONNECT: How to Leverage Your LinkedIn Profile for Business Growth and Lead Generation”. 

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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Discover and boost your career potential

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