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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Predict unexpected changes and enhance your employability

The ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half-Day Conference is targeted towards, but not limited to students currently completing their studies. This online event will allow participants to keep abreast of their professional development through several thought industry led sessions that will highlight the ways in which student and graduates can stand out and succeed in the tech world.

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Mon, 06 Jul, 09:00 AM

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    Tue, 07 Jul, 01:00 PM

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    Tue, 07 Jul, 05:00 PM
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<p>The event will consist of 4 sessions where our industry experts will share their insights on how to map out your professional career. Attendees will hear more about what skills are required for a tech professional to succeed and what additional resources you can use to improve your employability. Further, you will also learn more about what IT companies are looking for and how you can get ready for your next step to flourish throughout your career. <br><br>In attending this event you will 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. </p> <p><b><u>Session #1 Current workforce risk, how to be prepared for the unexpected changes</u><br>Presented by Ali Anderson</b><br><br>COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated to us that significant workforce change is often beyond our control, and if we are not prepared for it, we will be caught short in a market saturated with technically skilled people and limited employment opportunities.<br><br>What, then, are the skills and tools that we need to develop to not only remain employable, but also to thrive in unstable markets?<br><br>This talk will look at the future of work and the workforce, and at the skills that will become ever more important against the backdrop of automation and digital technology.<br><br><u><b>Session #2 </b></u><u><b>The seven steps to ICT job readiness</b></u><br><b>Presented by Sean Croon</b><br><br>Become job-ready by learning to confidently work through the seven steps to ICT career success, from career planning to personal branding to interviewing. This will be a fast-paced session jam-packed with insights and tools from a successful IT recruiter and ICT Career Coach, designed to empower you to take the next step forward in your ICT career.</p> <p><b><u>Session #3 How is the ICT market changing?</u><br>Presented by Sally Browner</b><br><br>This session will cover:</p> <ul><li>Why do we need more diversity in the tech space?</li><li>What roles are in highest demand, if you are going to upskill, where should you start?</li><li>Who is hiring in the tech space and what are they looking for?</li><li>It is not just about tech skills - you need to be able to communicate and collaborate.</li></ul> <p><b><u>Session #4 Future of work - what it means to cybersecurity industry</u><br>Presented by Sharmila Packiaraja</b><br><br>In this talk, our speaker will share her career journey and touch on topics, such as: </p> <ul><li>Simply be you - Authenticity in your role </li><li>Assess what currently makes you happy</li><li>Pay it forward - giving back in various ways.</li></ul> <p><b><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1593482896000"></img><br><br>Notice for ACS Professional Year Students</b><br>When attending virtual events, in order to claim and qualify for the required CPD hours, Professional Year students need to attend the online event in its entirety which will be tracked by the ACS events team.<br><br>If a cloaking software program is used when connecting to an online event, your attendance cannot be recorded and CPD hours cannot be allocated. This does not include the use of VPN.<br><br><u><b>Please allow up to 2 weeks for CPD hours to be allocated to your membership profile.</b></u><br><br><i>For the sole purpose of registering you for this event, your registration details have been shared with Redback conferencing. Please refer to the Redback Data Policy at for confirmation that the data will not be used for any other purpose outside of this webinar.</i></p>

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Sean Croon

Sean Croon

ICT Career & Job Coach who specialises in the planning, design and development of technology & telecoms careers. 

Sean’s background includes nine years as a hand-on ICT recruiter and ICT recruitment agency manager, where he placed over 300 people, was awarded top recruiter in the largest IT recruitment agency in Australia, interviewed over 10,000 professionals and reviewed over 100,000 CVs. 

In 2013, Sean set up ITCV Writers, providing career development services specifically for the ICT industry. Since then, ITCV has helped over 1500 executives, professionals and graduates find career direction and secure better jobs with CV writing, LinkedIn profile builds and 1:1 career coaching services.

If you want to invest in your ICT career progression, go to where you can book a free career strategy session.

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Sharmila Packiaraja

Sharmila Packiaraja

Sharmila is the ICT Cyber Security Manager in the Northern Territory for Kinetic IT, an enterprise solutions provider servicing large and complex environments across industry sectors, including government, corporate, resources and utilities. In her current role as ICT Cyber Security Manager on a Government contract Sharmila provides advice on policies and procedures around Systems, People and Security. Sharmila has more than a decade of IT experience in a variety of industries including financial services, retail and government covering roles in Information Security, Project Consulting and Risk Management.

Sharmila also holds the position of Branch Executive (Darwin Branch) for the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) where she is responsible for bringing security professionals of the region together and connecting them with the wider security community across the nation. One of her passions is building partnerships between the local ICT industry and local communities, with the aim of improving community security awareness and the capability of the local ICT Industry.

Sharmila is also passionate about women in leadership, gender diversity and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and participates in school programs encouraging girls and young women to take up careers in the ICT industry/Security. 

Recipient of the NT Cybersecurity Professional of the year 2019 award. 

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Sally Browner

Sally Browner

Sally is a former corporate executive turned passionate high school teacher turned technology education enthusiast. For the last 3 years she has been innovating in the tech education space as the General Manager of Coder Academy. She is super excited to have just transitioned into the role of CEO with Indigenous Tech Education Startup, Goanna Solutions Education.

Sally believes that the people who control technology will control the future, and she is passionate about ensuring that this group of people is as diverse as possible. Sally's career began at Macquarie Bank, followed by six years as a Media Strategist for both Mitchell Media and Young & Rubicam. The next 12 years were spent retraining to become a High School teacher and working at Bradfield Senior College. She holds a Finance Degree and Diploma of Education from UNSW, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, and a Master of Special Education from Macquarie University. She is a reformed Luddite with a desire to keep learning and inspire others to do the same. Sally was finalist in the 2018 Women's Agenda Emerging Leader in Tech Award and a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards for 2018-19.    

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Ali Anderson

Ali Anderson

Ali is an AI and Digital Technologies Change Management Specialist, with a particular passion for guiding and supporting business through digital restructure, transition and growth. She is driven, and inspired every day by developing, implementing and supporting organisational structures to grow and enhance human capacity and skill in an increasingly technological world. 

An experienced MC and presenter across the artificial intelligence and digital technologies space, Ali has publicly spoken about these across multiple forums, states and countries and is passionate about sharing her vision for the future of work. She is driven to inspire and support the participation of diverse genders, cultures and socio-economic groups in current and future technology.

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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Predict unexpected changes and enhance your employability

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