A recent paper published by Accenture looks into the next-generation mobile network technology – 5G. As it talks about the technology it also points out the deep uncertainty that surrounds it. Many technology and business executives are unsure how 5G will impact their sector. In fact, more than half the executives spoken to don’t expect the technology to have any major impact. So, as a student in 2021 about to graduate – should you be bothered with 5G and will it have any impact on your life apart from making streaming movies faster? To answer this it is important to truly understand the impact 5G will have on the world and then the opportunities and disruption it will bring along with it.
Understanding the Impact of 5G
I will start off by saying 5G is poised to be a very big deal, bigger than when mobile phones penetrated the market or for that matter it is bound to have a bigger impact on the world around us than any other technology yet. Its speed, capacity, dramatically reduced power consumption and communication response time (latency) will open up a world of possibilities. 5G networks rely on much smaller but more densely deployed antennas – attached not to towers but just the side of buildings and light poles. Tests show that 5G can be nearly 100x faster than any technology currently in use.
Why is no one then taking this seriously just yet? Blame it on the marketers – who have already marketed 5G enabled mobile phones that are no different from 4G enabled ones – it’s the same as buying a 4K TV and watching non-HD content. It’s not going to excite you. Over the last decade farms have upgraded and are using technology to improve their output in one way or the other. But with 5G localized sensors and connected networks, it will be a reality. This can make the sector substantially more efficient from connected sensors in the ground, drones patrolling crops and integrated weather tracking.
There is no shortage of predictions about the potential of the technology but a full 5G deployment might be 5 years away but early signs are out there.
The 5G Disruption
Every sector will need a cloud native architect, a data scientist, a cyber security expert, a hardware expert for 5G enabled devices. This is inevitable. From Agriculture to Construction to Mining – the talent pool required is going to transform the job market. Imagine being recruited as a cybersecurity expert at a shrimp farm 400km from a metropolitan city. That’s the future.
How do you prepare?
Constant upskilling is the only way forward. You cannot take up a course on 5G technology today – because it doesn’t exist. But, if you want to continue being relevant and earn big you need to constantly upskill. Getting hands-on experience while you finish your degree also plays a crucial role in staying relevant. Part-time work, project based roles and internships can help you gain experience in these fields.
Using Data Science for better decision making
The coming together of an increasingly complicated world, the vast proliferation of data and the pressing need to stay at the forefront of competition are prompting organizations to focus on using data science for driving strategic business decisions. Hence, I feel that the need for data scientists is only set to grow in the future. When the domain expertise of data scientists and business knowledge is used to enrich the data collected through machines, very specific performance enhancing actions can be taken.
Data Analytics for Small & Medium sized Enterprises
A report that came out last year, based on a survey of small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by the Singapore Institute of Technology and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, stated that about 70% of the 575 SMEs surveyed had not yet adopted data analytics.
Many haven’t because collecting relevant data at multiple touch points is an expensive affair. Hence Small and Medium enterprises rely on generic research to take business decisions. This will change with 5G.
How can SMEs use data analytics?
With machine learning, SMEs can track customers through the different stages of the sales cycle. Then with data analytics, they will be able to determine a particular segment of customers that are ready to buy and more importantly what and when. Thanks to Big data, SMEs can get a fuller picture of their customers-what makes them tick? Why do they buy? How do they prefer to shop? What they will buy next? Etc.
The big boys like Amazon leverage big data to send us buyer recommendations. This often surprises us when we think about how they know what we want. Data analysis helps them figure out what types of products we will want to buy in the future and then they suggest those items, the next time we visit their portal. Similarly, small businesses can use data to make predictions about what their customers will want to buy.
How Big Data can help Agriculture?
Here, again I will talk about the agricultural sector. The scope of Big data in Agriculture is large and we have just begun to explore the tip of the iceberg.
Feeding a growing population is one of the key challenges that every government is facing. The way out is to achieve an increase in yield from existing farmlands. Big data provides farmers with data on rainfall patterns, water cycles, fertilizer requirements, etc. This enables farmers to make smart decisions like what crops to plant for better profitability and when to harvest them. The right decisions ultimately improve farm yield.
According to a McKinsey report, a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted every year. A devastating fact when one considers that governments are struggling to bridge the gap between supply and demand. In this regard, Big data can help achieve supply chain efficiencies by tracking and optimizing delivery truck routes.
What does this mean for you?
As you graduate you will be part of a talent pool that will be working in an incredibly dynamic environment. With rapid changes in technology, the need for employees that can learn and unlearn quick will only grow. Gaining experience in these fields early on will help you develop strong fundamentals and also give you a sneak peak into the sector. The experience an internship can give you today will help you succeed in the years to come.
The world around is changing – and no one believes otherwise. Technologies invented a decade or so ago are already being forgotten and every day we are pushing the boundaries a little further. Over the last few years at ECA Internships we are seeing a swift shift in the type of internship opportunities that our hosts are requesting. 4 years ago, over 50% of all internships on our portal were related to marketing, finance and accounting. Now 42% of all internships posted on our portal revolve around data science, data analytics, cyber security, cloud native architecture and other new age technology related roles.
This is quite a significant shift – from 0 requests on a few of these roles just 5 years ago to 42% of all internships! Another puzzler is that when we talk to new companies, they tell us about how finding talent to fill up these positions is becoming a challenge due to the lack of availability. This is a perfect setting for students looking to pursue a career in data science, analytics, cybersecurity and even blockchain – as the number of opportunities are plenty, the pay is lucrative and there is demand for quality talent.
Do you still don’t believe us? Did you know just 10 years back – the concept of Instagram Influencers was unknown. There were 0 influencers on Instagram and do you know why – because Instagram was launched in October 2010! Social Media Manager, another profile that many are recruited as did not exist 10 years ago – well Facebook only had about 400 million users in 2010. That’s how fast things are changing. So, when we say cybersecurity will become one of the most lucrative careers in the next few years – we are not just guessing.
A cyber-attack can disrupt a traditional computer system by manipulating the software or erasing data, but the physical computer is still intact, and with various degree of efforts, the software and the data can be restored. But a cyber physical system, can be destroyed – that is, made to explode. Repairing or replacing such a system can take weeks or even months. Especially if many are destroyed at the same time, since spare systems and parts are usually scarce and often custom manufactured. As we move ahead and the good guys get better, the bad guys will get worse. Cyber security roles across sectors are bound to become a norm. Every company will need a cyber security professional if not a team on their payroll. Today, we can count the number of companies with a cyber security department.
Recently, we had compiled a list of all the skills that will be in-demand in 2021, while compiling that list too we saw compelling data to suggest that the field of data science, UI/UX, cloud architecture, cyber security will see a boom. That article was published in January 2021 and since then 73% of all the new internship opportunities uploaded on our portal by our host companies have revolved around the above-mentioned skills.
One of the main challenges many students face is that frontline colleges do not offer these subjects as a part of their core curriculum hence students sometimes feel that they do not have the required background to apply for these positions, however, that is the beauty of an internship. You can have little knowledge of the subject yet secure an internship and learn at the job.
ECA (Education Centre of Australia) Internships is a proudly Australian Internship Management and student employability program aimed at international students. Our programs and services are specifically designed to assist students with the transition from classroom to the workforce. We manage internship programs for a variety of Universities and Higher Education providers with the aim to increase employability after graduation. ECA Internships offer a variety of solutions designed to optimise career opportunities for students in a variety of industries.
In this article, we share with you the story of an ECA professional year student who went from being a fresh graduate to becoming part of an award-winning App development team.
Starting the journey with ECA and Elegant Media
After finishing her masters of business (IT) at RMIT in 2019, Tina Chim was looking for a way to break into the industry. This was when she came across ECA’s professional year program, and she instantly felt the professional year program being offered by ECA was a perfect fit for her.
Tina began her professional year at the start of 2020, and after finishing her initial certifications and programs, it was time for her to start the process of getting an internship. “The ECA professional year takes you through a step-by-step process for getting the internship that will work best for you, which was great,” says Tina.
Even though she was applying for an internship during one of the worst economic periods of the century, she was offered an internship with Elegant Media, one of the leading App development companies in Australia.
From internship to employee
Tina’s time as an intern at Elegant Media was marked with a steep learning curve. “There were multiple areas of the business that I got to work in. I was working with real projects, which pushed me to learn a lot in a short period of time. It was an excellent opportunity to understand and grow in the industry.”
Tina excelled during the internship, was a good fit with the company environment and a few months after finishing the internship, she was offered a full-time position at Elegant Media.
She feels she was offered a job at the company because of her work ethic and because of how well she jelled within the company.
“Being offered an internship and then a job in a year like 2020 was a blessing, I was very happy when I got hired.”
The best part of ECA professional year and becoming a project manager
“Based on my personal experience, the tutor I had at ECA was very passionate about what he was teaching. The tutor ended up making the course extremely interesting and I think that really helped in pushing me to learn more during my professional year.”
The professional year program presented Tina with the opportunity of an internship and she feels it was invaluable in her journey to becoming a Project Manager in an award-winning app development team at Elegant Media.
“The best part about working as a project manager with an App developer is the fact that I am constantly learning. No two days are the same; I get to work on different projects with different clients, and I enjoy this process of learning and adapting to different project needs.”
Future plans and advice to new interns
“I have had the opportunity to work with the new interns that came to work with us this year and it was a very humbling experience. I still have a lot to learn, but while talking to them I also realised how much I have learnt in the last year.”
I plan on growing as a project manager and becoming better at coordinating and handling a team. At Elegant Media, we are always pushing the boundaries of innovation and efficiency and I plan to play a key role in our companies success over the coming years.
I would advise all students thinking of doing a professional year program to not underestimate the connections they can make and the things they can learn during this year. You never know where the professional year can take you.
The demand for software developer roles such as web developers, full-stack developers, and cloud engineers grew nearly 25% from April-October 2019 to April-October 2020, according to analysis by LinkedIn and has been on a steady rise even in 2021. Getting an internship in these fields can immensely improve your chances of getting a full-time position after graduation.
We at ECA Internships have also been seeing a number of postings from our 500+ host companies with titles Web Development intern, Full-Stack Development intern, Cloud native Architecture Intern and other positions in similar fields. Since this is such a hot topic we decided to answer all questions you may have before applying for these open internship positions.
Harrison Reid, founder of Ippo.io emphasises building a portfolio of your projects. Even if it is basic – just get into the habit of adding all your pages on it. He recommends to learn by building. Regardless, of the certifications and tutorials you complete there is no substitute to getting your hands dirty. Start working on your personal website if nothing else. He then goes on to say learn in public. We think this is one of his best recommendations – document everything you are learning in a blog. This way others can help you and it will remain as a journal of how you have grown in skill over time. On social handles follow other developers and be a part of the communication. Harrison’s final advice is to start preparing for interviews. Depending on the company you want to intern for the interviews will vary. Many company just look for very basic information while hiring interns and others can have coding challenges and multiple rounds. This is where ECA Internships can surely help. We prep all our students for host companies they are interviewing for and also match you to the company that is best suited for you.
Will web-development be a good career in the years to come?
Looking at the growth trajectory and the demand, web developers will remain in-demand for this decade. As a web developer you will require to constantly upskill but the demand for skilled developers – front and back-end will only grow. With the advent of 5G, the digital world will only get more affordable and intertwined with the physical world and we will see a further burst of digital activities.
Is web-development a dying career?
Certainly not. It is fragmenting. You don’t need to be a designer anymore to be a full stack web developer. There was a time when the entire website or an app was made by one person but those days are long gone. The field will create further specialized positions in the years to come. From AI Experts to IOT Engineers all will become a part of the web development team. So as long as you are upskilling regularly and being aware of trends you have nothing to worry about.
Ready to apply for an internship in web-development?
At ECA Internship, we have several open positions for full stack developer. Please fill the form by clicking here and our an ECA Expert will get in touch with you to understand your goals and map you with a company that is best suited for you. Over the years we have managed to place over 7500 interns across sectors and 65% of these interns ended up being hired in the same sector after graduating.
The Professional Internship Program (PIP) by ECA Internships is offered in a variety of fields of study, including (but not limited to) cybersecurity, cloud, data science, devops and software development along with other fields of information technology. The program is structured to provide students opportunities to sharpen their existing skill set in real-world scenario and gain valuable hands-on training. Each student enrolled for the program is hand held by our placement experts throughout the journey.
A unique advantage of this program is that students can join in ECA’s Job Guarantee program and potentially get offered Job within 90 days of completing the professional internship program.
The Job Guarantee Program provides assurance that if you don’t get and accept a Job offer in your field of study within 90 days, you don’t pay the Job Guarantee Program Fee. That’s it. Simple.
Earvlin Loong – Accounting Intern My internship was both fun and a professional learning experience. The internship was amazing and provided me with invaluable exposure and helped me gain real world experience in Australia. I was given a project responsibility during my internship which enabled me to contribute to the company whilst learning many new skill.
To qualify for the program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
Be over the age of 18
IELTS of 6.0 or a PTE score of 50+ OR enrolled in an ELSIS course at ECA* OR have completed year 12 studies with English as the language of instruction.
Either enrolled or have completed an Advanced Diploma OR have an equivalent qualification of AQF 6 or above.
You’re an Australian/ NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident or able to obtain a suitable visa with work rights. Student visa holders (subclass 500) are also eligible.
Be available for a minimum 2 days a week for a placement of 10 to 12 weeks. The work hours are approximately 10- 20 hours each week.
Other factors such as Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test scores are also used as part of the evaluation process. ECA Internships’ decision on eligibility and acceptance is final and binding.
At ECA Internships we have placed over 7500 students at 500+ companies over the years. Our programs and services are specifically designed to assist students with the transition from classroom to the workforce. ECA experts guide you through the entire journey and help you at every step – from polishing your resume to getting you hands-on experience in the industry of your choice to a full-time career.
Ho Jin Shin – Information Technology Intern Professional development is an extremely important way to get ahead. My internship work experience with ECA helped me grow in confidence, communication skills as well as helped me learn a great deal about the IT industry. I feel the experience will definitely be a stepping stone to my employment and information technology career in the near future.
“My ECA Internship experience allowed me to apply my theoretical accounting into Practice at Seen technologies. I have also gained a deeper insight into how companies operate. I have also learnt how to deal with issues and challenges and learnt problem solving skills that I have found to be extremely important in the workplace. An internship allows you to gain insight into your soft skill competency areas as well.” – Yu-Chi Huang Currently working full-time in an accounting role at Seen technologies
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