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 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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Demand in the field of data analytics, cyber security, cloud native architecture, blockchain and IT has been on a rise since the last few years. While the demand has been robust most universities have not upgraded their curriculum to equip their IT and software engineering students with skills essential to fill up these positions.
More often than not we see self-driven students taking up certification courses to upskill and improve their chances of recruitment. However, for most companies, finding the right talent with the desired skill set still remains a challenge. Hence, at ECA Internships we suggest our partners to hire multiple student interns for these positions before making a decision on a full-time recruit. Here is a list of university programs that are doing a job of teaching relevant skills to students and preparing them to be job ready.
The University of Melbourne
They are ranked No. 1 in Australia for Computer Science and Statistics – they have a master’s program in data science. The master’s program has both a 2 year full-time and a 4 year part time option. Another feature of this course is that students complete and present a detailed capstone project – where they get to apply data science tools to a real-world project to showcase their skills.
University of Melobourne
MS in Data Science is a two-year full-time program at Monash. The core coursework covers data science objectives, data analysis, data pre-processing and visualisation. Students then have the option to choose electives to sharpen their skills in machine learning, learning from semi-structured data like text, and big data handling. The course also focuses on Python and R (two of the most popular open-source programming languages for data analysis), Hadoop and Spark (for distributed processing). Recruiting interns from the program can help you access the student before you hire full-time.
The master’s of Data Science program at La Trobe has a few unique features. Besides focusing on core data science subjects, the students here can choose advanced subjects such as big data high-performance programming, computational intelligence for analytics, cloud systems development, analysis of repeated measures data, meta-analysis, and bioinformatics technologies. As a recruiter you can cherry pick students for an internship based on the electives they are pursuing.
La Trobe University
Master of Blockchain Enabled Business is offered as a full-time and part-time program at RMIT. The unique program equips students with skills to manage blockchain in public and private enterprises, through a multi-disciplinary curriculum that brings together in-depth theoretical and practical learning. Students learn about blockchain and the economy, cryptofinance and fintech, building and using smart contracts, blockchain for trade, and the legal, ethical, accounting and regulatory aspects of new technologies while pursuing the course. Students enrolled in this course can be great interns or hires for companies exploring blockchain and its implications in their industry.
Deakin has several options for students to choose from in the field of cybersecurity. From undergraduate programs to specialised masters. Completing an internship is mandatory for students pursuing these programs. If your cybersecurity team is growing – a structured internship program can assist them in hiring the right talent.
A Specialist Major in Cybersecurity and System Administration is available for students pursuing a degree in IT & Computer Science from the university. The major provides an opportunity for the students to gain specialist technical knowledge and practical skills in understanding the security threats and challenges associated with digital transformation and IT enabled solutions. It will allow proficiency in identifying, diagnosing, analysing and handling the challenges associated with computer crime, sound understanding of concepts associated with digital forensics, and expert skills in evaluating software for security vulnerabilities, performing risk assessments, designing and securing operating systems, networks, websites and databases, and responding to cyber security incidents. Recruiting interns who have opted for this major can be a great way to access them and see if they are a good fit.
IT Masters is an industry-based education company partnered with Charles Sturt University to develop a unique series of online IT postgraduate degrees ranging from cyber security to IT management to digital marketing. The Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition) is designed to retrain and upskill working professionals who are looking for significant career growth in the IT industry. The course is designed to develop specialised technical, communication and critical thinking skills alongside certified industry mentors. The courses are a 50/50 partnership between CSU’s excellent academic lecturers and IT Masters’ high-profile industry experts. Many of the subjects prepare students to sit the world’s most in-demand cyber security industry certifications (e.g. CISSP, CEH, Security+), giving you an intern well on their way to becoming an expert in their field.
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University
ECA Internships have assisted 500+ companies hire over 7500 interns over the last few years. Over 65% of our interns get recruited full-time in the industry they interned in. If your HR department needs help in recruiting the right student intern fill out the form below for a free one-on-one consultation session with our student recruitment expert. Host Company Form
LinkedIn recently released a list of most in-demand jobs in 2021 and we wanted to focus on the skills undergraduate students can master in order to be recruited for these roles. We are living in uncertain times, the pandemic has had an impact on the way companies are recruiting – with many positions that earlier required one to be physically present turning remote, companies are getting applicants from around the world – thereby tremendously increasing competition. Acquiring key skills that companies are on the look for and completing multiple internships during your time at college are no longer a choice for the driven but a must for all.
Most In-demand Skills to Master in 2021
Digital Marketing Skills: Digital Marketing roles saw a rise of 33% year-on-year and was the fastest growing space of all! 94% of all hires had a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer applications or came from a business studies background. Recruiters seem to prefer students with basic coding knowledge.
The below skills along with basic requirements for the position will enhance your recruitment chances and give you an edge
Specialized Engineering Skills: Hiring for these roles grew by 25% year-on-year. There was a time when engineering meant civil, mechanical or electrical but the truth is many of the roles engineering students are being recruited for do not require them to have an engineering degree rather recruiters are looking for some very specific skill set! Jobs in the field of game development, web development, Front end developers are seeing the most growth.
The below skills are being looked at by recruiters –
User Experience Professionals: Hiring in this space grew by 20% year-on-year. These roles over the last few years have combined design thinking and technology. More and more students interested in design are now learning programming skills and students with a background in coding are acquiring key designing skills. Jobs like User Experience Designer, Product Design Consultant, User Interface Designer, User Experience Researcher have an incredible demand.
Skills that recruiters are looking for in this space are
As you can see many of the skills the most in-demand jobs of 2021 require are yet not fully taught in colleges. Very few courses focus on interface design, web design or train you to become a full stack developer. In the past few years, we have seen several students opting for certification programs to upskill and become more recruitable. However, many of these programs & program providers aren’t recognized by recruiters and do not help you stand out – students who have completed several of these certifications find themselves without a job after graduating. If you are looking for a program that can propel you career – check our ECA Internship’s Professional Job Guarantee Program. The guarantee means you get the job you deserve or you don’t pay!
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While skilling up is important to improve your chances of being recruited one sure fire way to get noticed is to have work experience. Completing multiple internships at both mid-level and large organization gets you much needed real-world experience and helps you to attain new skills. Internships are great way to get noticed by the company that recruited you and other companies in the industry. At ECA Internships we have seen that over 65% of interns we place secure a job at the company they interned at or in the same industry. While the coming years might be tough to secure a full-time position for many it doesn’t need to be that way for you – act now.
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