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ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half-Day Conference: Get your dream ICT career

The ACS Tech and Employability Skills Half-Day Conference is targeted towards, but not limited to students currently completing their studies. This 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. Continued professional development can deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional and ensures that the knowledge stays relevant and up to date within the industry.

Registration End Date: Fri, 05 Feb, 09:16 AM

  • where

  • The Sebel
    Lvl 5 - 95 Charlotte Street
    Brisbane QLD
  • when

  • Event Start: Tue, 09 Feb, 09:00 AM
    Event Finish: Tue, 09 Feb, 12:30 PM
  • event price

  • Member: $40.00
  • Member-Concessional: $0.00
  • Non-Member: $0.00
  • Non-Member: $80.00

  • * Your price may vary on registration depending on your membership type.

<b>Facilitator</b> – <a href="" target="_blank">Dulitha Piyasena </a><br>Data Solution Analyst for Credit Union Australia <br>ACS Qld Emerging Professionals Community of Practice Lead <br> <br><b>The Australian ICT sector – an industry overview (Digital Pulse stats), professional branding and key opportunities for emerging grads.</b><br><b>Speaker</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Holly Bretherton</a><br>ACS Qld State Manager<br><br><b>Recruitment advice for grads and international students.</b><br><b>Speaker:</b> <a href="" target="_blank">Nicola Steele</a><br>ACS Qld preferred recruitment partner, JJP Talent <br><br><b>How to kick-start your career as a Business Analyst. Understand the role of a Data Analyst, tools and techniques you can use, a career vignette. </b><br><b>Speaker:</b> <a href="" target="_blank">Mushtaq Khan</a><br>Graduate Data Analyst – Brisbane City Council<br><br><b>Technical specialism quick dive (Data Science/Ai)</b><br>In this workshop, presenter Randall Fernando, Specialist Data Scientist at BHP, will step through an overview of Streamlit, and how it fits with current frameworks such as Shiny and Jupyter. Randall will also provide a hands-on demonstration of how to get started with Streamlit.<br><b>Speaker: </b><a href="" target="_blank">Randall Fernando</a><br>Specialist Data Scientist, BHP<br><br><b>Workshop: The importance of efficient communication in the ICT industry </b><br>Develop oral presentations that communicate technical and business requirements to diverse audiences, including colleagues and stakeholders in IT and general communities<br><b>Speaker:</b> TBC<br><br><i>Registrations: 8:30am for 9:00am start<br>Morning tea will be provided<br>Event conclusion: 12:30pm</i><br> 


This event aligns with the annual plan for: • improve pathways and employability of Australian graduates • attract and retain global best talent • provide education and assessment services.

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Data management (DATM) -> Level 2


Dulitha Piyasena

Dulitha Piyasena

I am a data-driven IT professional who is always curious to understand how things work and how they can be improved. I come from an Engineering education background in Mining and Mineral Processing. However, down the lane the passion to ‘mine’ data became prominent, which made me pursue a career in data analytics. I am currently working as a Data Solution Analyst for Credit Union Australia providing data analysis and data solutions to various projects focused on providing organizational growth. Identifying business pain points and generating data-driven solutions that benefit my company drives me to stay updated with the latest data analytics and data science concepts and tools. Apart from work, I love travelling and hiking. I am also an avid reader of both work-related topics and fiction.

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Mushtaq Khan

Mushtaq Khan

I am a Data Science padawan who is deeply passionate about data-driven change. I have hands-on industry experience of statistical data analysis as a Data Scientist through work experience I’ve acquired from start-ups here in Brisbane which are doing some amazing things with voice and energy data, and through my work as a Data Analyst with the local government of Brisbane at the Brisbane City Council.  

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Nicola Steel

Nicola Steel

Since 1999, I have connected over 1000 IT professionals with leading startups, SMEs and corporates in both Australia and the UK. Over 99% of candidates I place pass their probation period and become highly valued team members thus avoiding the pain and cost of a bad hire.

My passion is connecting tech start-ups with software experts. A major barrier to growth for start-ups is finding the right balance of exceptional technical skills with the right cultural fit. Over the last 20+ years, I have gained a thorough understanding of what kind of person thrives in the fast paced and rapidly changing world of start-ups. Based on my expertise with start-ups, I have been selected as the Preferred Recruitment Partner for ACS QLD and River City Labs. I am also a volunteer mentor at River City Labs to advise and help start-ups grow and succeed.

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Randall Fernando

Randall Fernando

Randall is a Data Scientist with a background in behavioural psychology, social statistics and IT and a strong interest for Data Science and innovative technologies.

He is also the Advance Queensland Digital Community Champion and has won 17 tech awards from the Australian Government, NASA, Data 61, Advance Queensland, DSITI, CSIRO, Hitachi, River City Labs, ODIQ, Climathon KIC, ESRI, UQCS and the Brisbane City Council.

He is also on University of Queensland’s Young Alumni Board and has been a mentor/judge for a number of tech community organizations including She Codes Australia, Barayamal, Muses Code JS, Marist 180, Django Girls, Tech Girls Are Superheroes and Techfugees BNE.

He is a hackathon genius. 

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Holly Bretherton

Holly Bretherton

Holly Bretherton is State Manager of ACS Queensland having commenced in the role in April 2019. Holly has close to 20 years’ experience in executive management positions within the not-for-profit sector and specifically membership organisations, and prior to her role at ACS she was General Manager – Member Relations and Communications at the Australian Medical Association (Qld) for 7 years. Holly leads the Queensland Branch, with a focus on membership recruitment and retention, member outreach and development of professional development programs, partnerships and sponsorship, to support strong member engagement and to ensure the financial sustainability of the Queensland Branch into the future. Holly is passionate about connecting Emerging Professionals with the tools, resources and networks (available through ACS membership) to support their emerging tech careers.

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Lvl 5 - 95 Charlotte Street,Brisbane,QLD,Australia

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