AUT Computer Science Graduate Vanessa hones in on her Passion in PNG

 COMPUTER science and information technology have a substantial impact on every sector, says Vanessa Simbiken, a Papua New Guinean who recently completed her studies at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Vanessa Simbiken, a Papua New Guinean who recently completed her studies at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) [Photo credit : Vanessa Simbiken/fb]

Vanessa, who completed a Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences from AUT in February, said: “Technology is an important influence for how the world has evolved; becoming more efficient and connected.

“Before coming to AUT, I worked in customer services and this experience grew my passion for digital efficiency.

“I chose to study computer and information sciences because I want to enhance my passion for technology and use it to work on innovations that will bring humanity forward.”

The Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences comes with countless benefits, Vanessa said.

“The programme provides a good structure for students wanting a career in computer science or information technology,” she said.

“Throughout the degree students can also meet New Zealand IT professionals, which is essential for networking and career prospects.

“Students also engage with an industry organisation during the final-year project.

“I’m particularly grateful for the immense support within AUT.

“As an international student, settling into a new academic environment was nerve-wracking.

“Orientation week, run by students for students, is a great initiative and helped my transition into uni life.

“I’ve appreciated learning from academic staff who are well-informed in their areas of expertise in the IT industry.

“My classmates have also been very supportive, and I’ve enjoyed meeting students from different backgrounds.”

Another high-point of Vanessa’s time in New Zealand was completing a 10-week summer internship, offered through the ministry of foreign affairs and trade and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

“Over summer I interned with Watercare Services Ltd in the digital team,” she said.

“It was an opportunity to think about smart approaches to working in a fast-paced multi-tasking work environment.

“An unexpected insight that has illuminated my career path was devising a digital technique to check over 150 laptop devices for cellular data cards.

“My technique saved me many hours and was a personal achievement.”

Vanessa would highly recommend the AUT university experience to other international students.

“Studying abroad at AUT has changed my life, and I urge you to experience the same,” she said.

“AUT is a diverse, multi-cultural, successful and thriving university that has its students’ best interests at heart.

“Expect to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.”

Vanessa is currently a digital transformation associate with Price Waterhouse Cooper in PNG.

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