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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Keeping up to date with IT industry job opportunities

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.

Registration End Date:

Mon, 03 Aug, 09:00 AM

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  • Event Start:
    Tue, 04 Aug, 01:00 PM

    Event Finish:
    Tue, 04 Aug, 05:00 PM
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<p>The virtual event will consist of 4 sessions where our industry experts will share their knowledge on what job opportunities are out there and how to keep up to date with the ICT industry. Attendees will hear more about professions in-demand and learn how to start a career in Big Data, digital transformation, as well as what skills are required to become a blockchain specialist or cyber security superhero.<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 Digital transformation as a career opportunity</u><br>Presented by Greg Sutton</b><br><br>In this session, our speaker will talk on:</p> <ul><li>What is digital transformation?</li><li>What does a digital transformation manager do?</li><li>What is the future of digital transformation?</li></ul> <p><u><b>Session #2 Have you considered a career in data?</b></u><br><b>Presented by Nicola Steel</b><br><br>This session will cover following topics:</p> <ul><li>Why data is growing;</li><li>What are the differences between Big Data, Data Science and Data Analytics;</li><li>Where Big Data, Data Science and Data Analytics is used;</li><li>Skills required to become a Big Data Specialist, Data Scientist, Data Analyst;</li><li>Salaries in Big Data, Data Science and Data Analytics;</li><li>How to accelerate your career - a career case study with Kshira Saagar.</li></ul> <p><b><u>Session #3 What skills do you need to become a Blockchain specialist?</u><br>Presented by Sheree Ip</b><br><br>Emerging technologies are technically innovative, but often hard to navigate.<br><br>In this talk, the speaker will cover:</p> <ul><li>How to understand and prepare for the unexpected challenges of the emerging technology landscape;</li><li>What skill sets are needed to be successful as a Blockchain specialist to navigate any landscape;  </li><li>The speaker’s insights from working in the fast-paced startup scene. </li></ul> <p><b><u>Session #4 What is it really like to be a cyber security specialist?</u><br>Presented by Nigel Phair</b></p> <p>This session will cover:</p> <ul><li>Nigel&#39;s cyber journey</li><li>Various cyber roles (technical and non-technical)</li><li>Aspects and considerations of cyber - government, private sector and academia</li></ul> <p><b>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. Please ensure you don&#39;t minimise your window when attending a virtual event.<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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Learning and development management (ETMG) -> Level 3


Nigel Phair

Nigel Phair

Nigel Phair is Director, UNSW Canberra Cyber. He is an influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society.  

Nigel has published three acclaimed books on the international impact of cybercrime, is a regular media commentator and provides executive and board advice on strategy, risk & governance of technology.  

In a 21 year career with the Australian Federal Police he achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent and headed up investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre for four years. He is founder and managing director of a technology ‘start up’ company and is a non-executive director on a number of Australian boards.

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Nicola Steel

Nicola Steel

Nicola Steel is the Founder of JJP Talent Solutions, an IT & Digital recruitment business based in Brisbane. She helps SMEs and startups grow their tech teams to ensure that they are both technically and culturally aligned.

Nicola has over 20 years IT recruitment experience in both Australia and the UK recruiting almost 1000 technical experts into over 100 tech start-ups and SMEs. Over 99% of candidates Nicola recruits pass their probation period and become highly valued team members thus avoiding the pain and cost of a bad hire.  

Nicola’s recruitment expertise includes (but is not limited to):

  • Software Developers (back end, front end and full stack)
  • Mobile Application Developers
  • Software Engineers
  • DevOps
  • UI/UX/CX
  • Data Science.
Nicola’s approach is to "treat people the way that you would wish to be treated" hence her professional, honest and empathetic approach to candidates and clients.  She has a genuine passion for recruitment and loves that what she does positively changes people's lives.

If you are looking for either a high calibre IT expert or for an exciting career opportunity or simply want to know more about the IT market, please contact Nicola on 0499 773 546 for a confidential discussion.

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Sheree Ip

Sheree Ip

Sheree is behind some of Australia’s biggest blockchain projects. She’s a Board Advisor at Blockchain Australia, contributing to policy reform in the nation, a Policy Advisor at blockchain media platform RedPen. She is a global consultant with over 10 years' experience in providing Corporate Development & Strategy, M&A, Restructuring and Turnaround for SMEs, non-profits and multinational firms across multiple industry sectors.

Sheree brings her background in Legal, Corporate PR and Marketing to blockchain and hi-tech ventures and has brought her expertise in the execution of Australia’s first ICO to Power Ledger.

She is a Academic teaching in various areas of law and Doctoral Candidate researching digital currency law and blockchain regulation at Curtin University, and is a qualified practitioner in Australia. 

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Greg Sutton

Greg Sutton

Greg recently worked with Lifeline as the Data Quality, Security and Transformation Lead. He has directed insight and analytics teams for state and federal government in business performance, education, human capital management, and energy. Greg is a lifelong learner and has a passion for leading teams on a journey of digital discovery, balancing quick success with mind-bending learning opportunities.

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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Keeping up to date with IT industry job opportunities

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