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ACS Virtual Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Level Up Your Career Opportunities

The ACS Virtual 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 industry-led sessions that will highlight how students and graduates can stand out and succeed in the tech world. Event timings are based on Australian Eastern Standard Timings.

Registration End Date:

Fri, 22 Oct, 05:00 PM

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  • Link will be posted 2 hours before the event commences
  • when

  • Event Start:
    Tue, 26 Oct, 01:00 PM

    Event Finish:
    Tue, 26 Oct, 04:00 PM
  • event price

  • Member: $15.00
  • Member-Concessional: $10.00
  • Non-Member: $40.00

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

<p>This virtual event will consist of 3 sessions where our industry experts will share their knowledge on what final skills and behaviours can help you to succeed and compete in the real world. <br><br><b>Welcome and Opening Address</b></p> <p>Speaker -<b> Holly Bretherton</b>, Queensland State Manager, Australian Computer Society <br><br><b>Introduction and Event Chair</b></p> <p>Speaker - <b>Dulitha Piyasena</b>,Business Intelligence Analyst, Bank of Queensland; ACS Queensland Emerging Professionals Ambassador<br><br><b>Session 1 - </b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span><b>Courageous Communications for Tech Professionals</b><br>Speaker - </span></span><b>Pauline Fetaui</b>, General Manager, River City Labs <br><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">You have studied received your degree and you join the workforce and quickly realise your learning and growth is ahead of you.  Being successful in IT requires more then a degree. In this interactive session Pauline will share with you the expectations and opportunities to help your future career in IT and what to expect in the workplace.</span></span></span><br><br><b>Session 2 - Level Up Your Opportunities by Building Games</b><br><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span>Speaker -</span></span> <b>Pablo Farias Navarro</b>, Founder, Zenva <br><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Video games are no longer just a guilty pleasure. Today, game developers realize that the technical and soft skills that they use to build games are in high demand throughout a wide range of fields. In this talk, we’ll show you how to expand your horizons by applying game development skills to a wide range of other tech industries - such as programming, cloud computing, UX, and project management.</span></span></span><br><br><b>Session 3 - CV and Interview Skills for Emerging Tech Professionals</b><br><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span>Speaker -</span></span> <b>Nicola Steel, Founder, JJP Talent</b> <br><br><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">The presentation will focus on writing a winning CV, job search strategies and interview tips to secure the perfect role and company.</span></span></span></span></span><br><br><br><b>PLEASE NOTE: ALL 3 SESSIONS MUST BE ATTENDED TO RECEIVE 3 CPD HOURS. </b></p> <p>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.</p>

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Holly Bretherton

Holly Bretherton

Queensland State Manager, Australian Computer Society

Holly Bretherton is State Manager at ACS Queensland and oversees member recruitment and engagement, professional development, government liaison, and local marketing and communications activities for the Branch. Holly has worked for 20 years in a range of executive management roles in membership organisations including AMA Queensland, Queensland Law Society and Aged Care Queensland. Holly is passionate about connecting ACS members with the relevant professional networks, resources and educational programs to further their tech careers at each and every stage, and supporting a strong, vibrant community of ACS Queensland members across all of Queensland.

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Dulitha Piyasena

Dulitha Piyasena

Business Intelligence Analyst, Bank of Queensland; ACS Queensland Emerging Professionals Ambassador

Dulitha is a Data Analytics professional with experience in various roles such as Business Analyst, Data Analyst and a Data Solution Analyst, currently working at the Bank of Queensland as a Business Intelligence Analyst providing data driven solutions to business related problems. He has always been passionate about data driven insights and using those insights to solve business problems and drive growth. He is also an energetic extrovert who highly believes in professional networking to gain knowledge and expand network. He currently represents the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as the Practice Lead of Queensland Emerging Professionals Community

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Pauline Fetaui

Pauline Fetaui

General Manager, River City Labs

Pauline Fetaui is General Manager of River City Labs; Founder of CheeHoo a Personal assistant and Organiser app; Co-host of a Splash of Colour Podcast. Prior to Joining River City Labs, Pauline brings 19 years as leading and delivering Digital, Tech Transformation and Regulatory Change across Banking, Superannuation, Insurance and Government.

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Pablo Cristobal Farias Navarro

Pablo Cristobal Farias Navarro

Founder, Zenva

Certified game developer and founder of Zenva - a leading platform to learn programming and game making that has supported over 1 million learners in their coding careers and hobbies.

Pablo is a member of the Intel Software Innovator Program in the Asia Pacific Region, and has run live programming workshops in San Francisco, Brisbane and Bangalore. Pablo holds a Master in Information Technology (Management) degree from the University of Queensland.

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Nicola Steel

Nicola Steel

Founder, JJP Talent Solutions

Nicola Steel is the Founder of JJP Talent Solutions, an IT recruitment business based in Brisbane. She has over 20 years IT recruitment experience in both Australia and the UK working with a diverse range of clients. Since 1999, she has connected over 1000 tech professionals with high growth startups, innovative SMEs and visionary corporates. Over 99% of candidates she places pass their probation period and become highly valued team members thus avoiding the pain and cost of a bad hire. Nicola is the Preferred Recruitment Partner to both the Australian Computer Society and River City Labs. One of her passions is helping tech startups to scale and grow and she is also a Mentor at River City Labs. Nicola is passionate about improving diversity within the tech industry as well as building high performing tech teams and outstanding IT careers.

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ACS Virtual Tech and Employability Skills Half Day Conference: Level Up Your Career Opportunities

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  • ACS reserves the right to change the program at any time. Every effort will be made to ensure a program of equivalent standard and members are updated with changes.
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