Diploma of Information Technology

Tech  skills are a must-have in the digital age. Every company has its own IT requirements, and these will continue to grow and change as new technologies are introduced.

Employment is projected to increase in this space faster than any other industry, alongside developments in growing disciplines like cloud computing, Big Data and cyber security. Demand is high and getting even higher, which makes this an area bursting with opportunity.

Forget the stereotypes – the nerdy developer, coding through the night in their parents’ basement, or the Silicon Valley startup bro, wearing a graphic tee and riding around enthusiastically on a scooter. Today’s IT professionals work across the broadest range of roles and sectors. As far as careers go, IT is about as exciting and open-ended as it gets.

What kind of skills do you need to excel in an IT role?

IT roles cover the full spectrum – from the creative, to the technical, to the analytical – with skills ranging from software development and web design to data analysis and troubleshooting. The best IT students tend to be curious by nature; they are problem solvers and creative thinkers.

Sydney Institute of Business and Technology’s (SIBT) Senior Program Convenor, Dr Saad Odeh says, “at SIBT we focus mainly on communication and teamwork, our students gain these skills at the end of their degree and are able to collaborate and interact in real life teamwork projects. The communication skill they gain in their diploma study make them well prepared to proceed and complete their tertiary degree“.

Foundational skills required are:

  • Coding: There are many coding languages that an employer might look for, including JavaScript, HTML/CSS, SQL and Python – which all topped the most popular list for 2020.
  • Programming: While coding can be seen as step 1 – converting the language – programming involves giving a machine a set of instructions to run so it can follow set rules and perform tasks.
  • Networking: Networking is all about connecting people, devices and systems to work together. You’re building a knowledge system greater than the sum of its parts, which is what helps organizations function and thrive.

Key soft skills required are:

  • Teamwork and collaboration: Working in orchestration with others to find and execute the best solution.
  • Communication: Taking complex technical information and communicating it in a simple, digestible format.
  • Time management & organization: Accurately assessing how long a project should take, and following those timelines to meet project deadlines.
  • Critical thinking: Thinking through all the different possibilities to solve the problem at hand.
  • Goal setting & performance: Continually reviewing work and processes for improvement.

How to get skilled up with SIBT

Whether your path lies in becoming the company’s bubbly IT help desk go-to person or in building the next app that will transform the planet as we know it, it starts here at SIBT.

The Diploma of IT is designed to give you a broad introduction to computer science so you can discover your own path.

Get on-hand support while you hone your critical thinking and organizational skills so that you’re ready to progress into further specialisations in areas like software design, information systems and web design. Successful completion of your diploma means you can head straight into the second year of your bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus in as little as 8 months.

There’s no shortage of opportunity out there. We’re talking artificial intelligence, e-commerce, multimedia and internet development, big data, mobile computing – the list goes on. And there’s no shortage of your potential either.

Learn more about our Diploma of IT course here or get in touch with our team to ask all your questions – we’re here with the answers!

Kind regards,
Your friends at SIBT

University Pathways for Students Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted the education of many students around the world, with students worrying about their grades and getting into university. If this sounds like you, then worry no longer, as this blog will help ease your concerns.

Throughout this blog, we’ll cover the impact of COVID-19 on students, university pathways and why SIBT is the best place to start your tertiary education journey.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Students

2020-2021 may arguably be the most challenging years ever recorded for secondary year students. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic interrupted studies like never before, with students being in and out of classrooms, missing in-person discussions and completing assessments and exams online.

The role of teachers also changed, which impacted the education of students. Teachers had to innovate as restrictions meant they couldn’t interact in-person with their students. One of these innovations was remote learning, which required students to adapt to a new teaching style.

We spoke with Jas, a current Year 12 student in Sydney, Australia, who is just one of thousands of students impacted by COVID-19.

“A large percentage of our usual learning was taken away. Our teachers weren’t always available for us on a daily basis compared to what we could have experienced with face-to-face learning”.

University Pathway

After two years of disrupted studies, you may feel as though you’re not ready to go directly to university. The way that you’ve been taught, studied and socialised has changed, meaning that your preparation for tertiary education has been very different compared to previous high school graduates. Having a few extra months to prepare for a transition to university, without wasting time, could come in handy.

In addition, due to disrupted studies, we understand that you may not have been able to perform to your full potential in exams, which impacts your university entry chances.

We asked Jas about her future aspirations after high school, and she stated “we had a lack of knowledge in certain aspects for subjects. This could affect my exam results and my overall ATAR, and I don’t know if I’d be able to get into the uni degree I wanted”.

For students like Jas, a university pathway like completing a diploma can help make the transition from secondary education to university.

A university pathway is undertaken before a student enrols at a university. It’s designed to help students build their skills and knowledge through completing units, while also preparing them for a seamless transition to their university degree. The units studied align with the first-year units of a bachelor’s degree, but additional support is provided to ensure success. After the completion of a university pathway, students can fast-track directly to the second year of their bachelor’s degree. At SIBT, we have this option for you, and it could be the right place for you to start your tertiary education!

From SIBT to Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus

At SIBT, we offer university pathways right in the heart of the Sydney CBD. By completing an SIBT diploma in 8-12 months, students like yourself can fast-track to the second year of their bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus.

Since 1997, over 25,000 of our students have progressed to university after completing one of our diplomas. Our high rates of graduates are due to the systems that we have in place to ensure student success, such as our student support.

With a smaller class structure, we can provide students with a customised learning approach tailored to an individual student’s needs, extra tuition classes and direct access to lecturers.

Domestic and international students struggling to reach their study goals are also offered additional assistance during their studies. Pru Wirth, Student Learning and Welfare Manager at SIBT, outlines the support that we can provide.

“The support we provide at SIBT is catered to each student’s needs. Our Student Counsellor and Student Learning Advisors work with students individually to understand what they need to help them succeed and achieve their goals, whether the issue is academic or of a personal nature. We also provide regular well-being and academic workshops that cover common concerns for students like maths skills, academic writing, and managing exam stress”.

The support at SIBT doesn’t end there. We believe in diversity and equality, with students coming in from all around the world but requiring different levels of assistance. Pru explains further about how SIBT caters its assistance to different student needs.

“We aim to ensure all students can participate in study on an equal basis, so if there are students with additional learning needs, a health condition or disability, we can discuss confidentially with them about the available additional support”.

Apply Today

There’s been major disruptions to your studies due to factors outside your control. Completing a university pathway, however, can help you complete your bachelor’s degree and set up your dream career path. Not only will you be provided with an abundance of support, you will also be guided with a seamless transition into university life.

Our next intake starts in March 2022. To apply at SIBT, or to find out more, visit the link below:

SIBT Team 

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NEW Undergraduate Certificate programs have launched!

Want to get a taste of undergraduate studies but not sure you’re ready to commit to a full diploma or degree yet? This one’s for you. 

The new Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT) Undergraduate Certificates have been designed to help you explore undergraduate studies on your terms. In just four short units (one trimester), you’ll get all the foundational skills and knowledge that will immerse you in a new industry and open doors to entry-level job roles. 

Or, you can decide to put your credits toward your SIBT Diploma and go down the path of university study with a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. The choice is all yours. 

What can I study? 

Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials 

A little business knowledge goes a long way. With a broad introduction to the areas of Marketing, Human Resources, Business Information Systems and Accounting, you’ll quickly be able to narrow down your interests or become the office all rounder. Maybe you’re a person whose strengths will soar in an HR role. Or perhaps you’re the analytical sort, who can find inner peace in a financial spreadsheet. You’ll soon find out. 

The SIBT Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials provides you with the foundations of a Diploma of Business Administration, so once you’ve found your niche, you may choose to continue with a bachelor’s degree in Business or Accounting at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Marketing 

Digital shows no signs of slowing – in fact, quite the opposite! Studying an Undergraduate Certificate of Digital Marketing will equip you with a solid understanding of marketing and digital media as you work through Principles of Marketing, Culture, Media and Communication, Digital Media Principles and Business Information Systems. 

Use your new skills to start your career at a marketing agency, or drive your own brand and take over the world (and the ‘gram) with your unbridled creativity. Take it a step further by completing a Diploma of Business or Media and Communication at SIBT, and work your way toward a prestigious bachelor’s qualification. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering 

Engineering roles cover a wide reach, and by extension, a wide range of different skill sets and roles. Scientist, inventor, builder, designer – you name it. 

Explore the nuances of the engineering world with the Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering to find your path. You’ll gain essential knowledge in Foundations of Mathematics, Material Science and Engineering, Computing for Engineers and most importantly, writing and research for Science and Engineering. 

Once you’ve identified your area of interest, choose to further your studies with a Diploma of Engineering and go on to gain a specialisation in your chosen field. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology 

Tech skills are a must-have in today’s workforce – and we don’t just mean knowing how to share your screen on Zoom. Take your love of devices and put it toward a fulfilling role in the IT industry, where employment steadily increases each year as new technologies are developed. 

The Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology covers Digital Media Principles, Systems Design and Data Management, Principles of Business Information Systems, and an Introduction to Programming. 

Dive into an entry-level role or enhance your skills with the SIBT Diploma in Information and Technology before progressing to a Bachelor of Information Systems or Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology. 

Ready to get started? 

At SIBT, we’re here to help you find your future direction; to explore what you want to do and become who you ultimately want to be. The new Undergraduate Certificates are a great way for you to get started on your journey sooner. 

Get in touch today to learn more or apply now! 

SIBT Team 

Skill Shortages in Australia – Where to Focus Your Next Career Move

The past year has seen some incredible growth in certain industries, like construction and IT spheres. While great for business, the problem is that this explosive growth has left companies in these industries shorthanded, creating extra demand for certain skills and shortages in the labour market. So if you’re looking at a career move, there’s no better place to be focusing on than an industry where your skills are in high demand, but what kind of options are there? Let’s take a deep dive into industries where you’ll have the best opportunity to level up your career

Engineering Industries 

Whether it’s civil, mechanical, or electrical, the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment will tell you that demand for qualified engineers is high right now. Partially because of government-funded projects, the construction industry is seeing a large boom across Australia. There are countless projects underway right now, all of which require skilled engineers and project managers with an eye for the details. And of course, throughout their construction and useful lives, these projects are going to require someone to build, maintain, and repair their systems, leading to a large demand for engineering technicians – a position perfect for someone who just graduated with an SIBT Diploma of Engineering.  

Interested in becoming a fully-fledged, professional engineer? Well don’t worry, because with SIBT you can fast-track your first year of university in just 8 months, then continue into year two of your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program with guaranteed entry to Western Sydney University’s Sydney City Campus

Information Technology 

So, you’ve been stuck at home in lockdown for a few weeks – how are you going to stave off the boredom? That’s right, the internet. Whether it’s Netflix, Amazon, or others, loads of streaming services and online shopping platforms have skyrocketed over the past year. But don’t think it’s just the big guys getting all the traffic, because smaller firms have seen just as much demand on their customer-facing systems as the digital economy continues to soar.  

All this means that the demand for big data and cloud engineers, database and systems administrators, and full stack developers is way up as companies expand their systems to handle this increased demand, according to Hays Recruitment. But don’t forget that this increased traffic also means increased vulnerability to the ever-present threat of cyberattacks, consequentially creating great demand for IT security specialists. Australian tech is booming, and there’s no better way to get your foot in the door with a Diploma of Information Technology from SIBT. 

Media and Communications 

Hays have also rightly pointed out that this boom in the digital economy has also brought a boom in digital marketing spaces, as businesses work to put their ads where their audiences are. So, to make the most of the spaces available, all sorts of companies are looking for digital marketing experts who know these platforms inside and out, someone who can nail their online marketing campaigns. And with all the new ad traffic, they’re also going to be looking for customer relationship managers who can keep their clients coming back for more, so being qualified with something like a Diploma of Media and Communications is a great way to get started. 

But if coordinating marketing campaigns isn’t your thing, don’t stress! All of these campaigns need content to go along with them, whether that’s a photo or a blog. So, if you’re more of a creative-type, you could take a path into content creation and copy writing, starting off strong with a Diploma of Arts.  

Final thoughts… 

With such a shakeup to the global economy, there are plenty of industries where strong growth is forecasted to continue for the foreseeable future. So, whether it’s engineering or marketing, there are all kinds of opportunities to level up your career, and there’s no better way to get qualified than a diploma from SIBT. 

With both online and on-campus learning in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, SIBT makes it easy to study where you work; and with fast-track options to complete your diploma in just 8 to 12 months, you can dive into that new industry in no time. And if you decide you want to take your qualifications that one step further, you can take advantage of guaranteed progression into the second year of your bachelor’s degree, like 90% of our over 25,000 graduates have done. 

Why you NEED a LinkedIn Account in Australia

So now that you’ve got a shiny new resume, and killer cover letter to top it off, landing that new job should be a breeze, right? It could be, but there’s still one tool left in your application arsenal: your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t already have one, you’re missing out on not just the extra credibility it can give you, but also all the opportunities it presents.

If you’re not in the know, LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows you to interact with colleagues, businesses, and most importantly, recruiters. Your LinkedIn profile is the place to show off your professional brand, and chances are that your next employer will be looking for it. So, without further ado, here are our top reasons why you need a LinkedIn profile here in Australia.

It’s how recruiters and managers find you

Your LinkedIn profile is basically an online resume, visible to employers all day, every day, showing off everything you can offer – like qualifications from an SIBT Diploma of Information Technology. If a company is looking to recruit a candidate for a position, this is where they’ll find you. So even if you’re not on the prowl for a new job, you might find that one falls right into your lap – it’s a great passive job-seeking tool.

It lets you build your brand

One of the best things about LinkedIn is that it allows previous employers, colleagues, and clients to endorse and recommend you. Interacting with corporations, institutions, and charities, along with posting about industry, your own experiences, or qualifications all help showcase your knowledge, passions, and interests.

This all plays into building your professional brand, boosting your reputation. How do you stand out from other potential hires? What makes you more valuable than them? You can put all your greatest achievements, skills, and experience in one spot with endorsements from others backing it up, allowing a potential employer to gain a good understanding of who you are and what you bring to the table.

It’s a fantastic networking tool

Networking is crucial to professional success, so starting your network as early as possible is a must. Building connections with people you meet in both related and unrelated industries can prove extremely useful down the line, especially if you’re looking to level up your career by changing industries. Adding them on LinkedIn is a great way to keep track of your connections so you can draw on them in the future.

It’s a great way to find a job

LinkedIn has it’s own job board where employers post openings directly to the site. This is a great way to find new and exciting opportunities. If you’ve been following a specific industry or company on the platform, it will let you know about any related openings you might be interested in.

Final Thoughts…

While you can still land a job without one, having a LinkedIn profile makes both hunting and applying for jobs so much easier, and allows you to draw on your industry contacts. Employers in Australia are pretty much always looking for a LinkedIn profile when reviewing applicants, so it’s important that you have one to make your application even stronger.

Another great way to strengthen your application is highlighting your diploma qualifications, or better yet, bachelor’s degree. With an SIBT diploma, you can graduate with the skills needed to make a start on a new career in just 8 to 12 months, with the option to continue directly into the second year of a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. With 25,000+ graduates, and over 90% of them continuing to university study, SIBT is your pathway to your future success.

The Best Ways to Nail Your Cover Letter

Applying for jobs can be stressful, especially for competitive openings, but if you do it right you can take comfort in knowing that you’ve sent off the best application you could. You may already have a killer resume (if you don’t, definitely check out our Resumes 101 post), but you can’t forget about your almighty cover letter. This is one the your most powerful tools in your application arsenal; your smooth-talking sales pitch to catch the employer’s interest. If you nail this, you’ll be on track for an interview in no time.

But don’t just take it from us, our Student Learning Advisors can vouch for just how important a good cover letter can be. With their extensive experience and industry knowledge, they’re the perfect people to ask about anything career related. So, whether you’re changing careers or going for your first graduate position, here’s how to ensure your cover letter gives you the best shot at your next job.

Don’t re-write your resume

You should also explain why you’re interested in not just the role, but the company and its mission as well. You’re going to have to research this a bit, but it will show them that you wouldn’t be going into things blind.

Get the structure right

Keeping your letter structured and professional helps to ensure that it’s short and punchy; it’s not supposed to be a manuscript. A proper cover letter might read like this:

  • Greeting by name – If you know who you’re trying to convince, making things personal and appealing to them directly is a good way to start. You might find this on LinkedIn or it may be on the application page. If not, a failsafe is “Dear hiring manager”.
  •  A clear introduction – The introduction is your first impression, it needs to be short and sweet, but don’t let it get dry.  Start off by saying why the position appeals to you, why you’re suited for it, and what you value about the company. If you just graduated with a Diploma of Media and Communication, you could apply to a local media outlet and discuss how you love the emphasis they place on integrity in journalism. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through a bit!
  • The body – Just like an essay, this is where your evidence comes in. Show the reader that you’re the perfect candidate by bringing up the relevant experience, skills, and qualifications from your resume, keeping the momentum you generated in your introduction going. Action words are a great way to do this. Strive and drive are great buzz words. Remember, you’re trying to sell yourself and what the company might gain from you.
  • Conclusion – Now it’s time to tie it all together. Re-affirm the points you made in your introduction, mainly your enthusiasm and interest in the position. Encourage the reader to read the rest of your application, and invite them to talk face-to-face….even if it’s via Zoom. This call to action shows that you’re keen to seal the deal and prompts the employer to make the next move.
  • Sign off – To close it off, end the letter with “Kind regards”, or another appropriate sign-off, and drop your signature in at the bottom.

Finally, make sure that the formatting of your cover letter is consistent with the rest of your application; you don’t want your application looking like a train crashed through an art gallery. Visual consistency makes a big difference, so using the same design style, font, and font size as your resume is a must .

Most importantly though is PROOFREADING! Make sure to double check everything for spelling mistakes, punctuation, etcetera. It’s always good to get another set of eyes on it too, so you could ask a mate or a Student Learning Advisor to have a read before you send it off.

Final thoughts…

While this is no means a comprehensive guide, it should give you a good idea of how to write the perfect cover letter. A cover letter is your first impression with a potential employer, so starting off strong is crucial. Take advantage of this opportunity to sell yourself and your skills.

When looking for jobs, sometimes you might find out about an amazing opening in another industry, one that you’d love to get into but don’t have the qualifications for. Not to worry, because with a diploma from SIBT you could be on track within 8-12 months. With diploma options ranging from IT to Business Administration, or from Engineering to Arts, now is the perfect level up your career.

Kind regards,
Your friends at SIBT

Resumes 101: Tips to Help Land Your Next Job

The key to any job application is a good resume, standing like a trophy case showing off all your achievements. It’s one of the first things an employer sees when they’re looking to hire someone, so if you’re going to land that interview for your next job, you’ve got to make sure you have a killer resume.

Whether you’re going for your first graduate position or want to level up your career, showing off your education, skills, and experience with a well-written resume is a great way to make a good first impression on a potential employer.

So, welcome to Resumes 101. Whether you’ve never written a resume before in your life, or are about to send one off for the hundredth time, this crash course of do’s and don’ts should help put you in the best position to land your next job.

The DO’s

Prioritize important information – You shouldn’t be submitting a generic catch-all resume. You know what position you’re applying for, so put the most relevant experience, skills, and education front and centre. If you’re going for a position as an office manager, you could highlight your Diploma of Business Management from SIBT.

Make it easy to skim – Hiring managers often don’t have time to read through every little detail of each resume they receive, so keep things concise. Try using short (2 lines max) bullet points, write either your previous companies or roles in bold, and be sure not to squish everything together. 

Have a separate ‘skills’ section – Putting all your relevant skills in one easy-to-read spot helps show the employer that you’re exactly the person they’re looking for. You still need to highlight them in the context of past experience though, you can’t just say ‘Teamwork’ and leave it at that.

No experience? No worries! – If you’re going for your first graduate position, or entering a new industry for the first time, you should focus on showing off transferrable skills, side projects, or academic experience. Pair this with a strong cover letter and you’re good to go.

PROOFREAD! – There’s nothing more embarrassing than realizing you misspelled a word after you’ve sent off your application. Get a friend or family member to have a look at your resume before you submit it.

The DON’Ts

Tell your life story – A resume isn’t a complete history of everything you’ve done, rather, it’s kind of like a marketing flyer selling you as the best person for a job. A firm looking for an IT support officer won’t be interested in your high school Maccas tenure, so don’t brag about it too much. Instead, tell them all about your Diploma of IT from SIBT and highlight the skills you learned completing it.

Get too fancy with the formatting – It’s great to have your resume stand out, but don’t go overboard with the design. Unless you’re a graphic designer of course, go nuts! Make sure it’s professional above all else, using the same fonts everywhere and appropriate sizes for each aspect. Contact details, keywords, and sections should be clearly visible.

Explain why you want the position – That should be done in your cover letter. The only time you might mention this in your resume is if you’re changing industries, but make sure to keep it brief.

Forget the submission requirements – Sometimes employers request applications in a specific format, like a PDF or .docx file, so be sure to check that you’re sending them what they’re expecting.

Final thoughts…

Having a good resume can make the difference between landing an interview and never hearing back, so it’s important to get it right the first time. Sometimes it can be tricky figuring out just what you should and shouldn’t have in there, but not to worry, our Student Learning Advisors are there to lend you a helping hand.

Looking to add another qualification to your resume? With SIBT, you can earn diploma certification in just 8 to 12 months, picking up the knowledge and skills of industry professionals there to guide you every step of the way. If you decide you want to take things to the next level, you can take advantage of guaranteed entry into year 2 of a bachelor’s program at Western Sydney Uni, Sydney City Campus. With flexible study options and 3 intakes every year, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your resume.

Your First Week at SIBT

For many, their first week at SIBT marks the beginning of their higher education journey, but along with that comes many challenges. Feeling super un-organized?  Trying to get a sense of what you need to do, where you need to go, and when you have to be there? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There’s a lot to get your head around, so there’s a few “do’s” and “don’ts” you should know before you head down to campus.

DO: Attend your classes

The first few lectures for every class are some of the most important in the entire course, especially if it’s your first time at Uni. These are where your lecturers will run through the course details, assessments, and expectations, and as such contain crucial information to help you get settled in. It might be tempting to slack off and catch up on the content from a friend, especially if it’s early in the morning, but remember, with our small class sizes and personalized learning, your teachers will quickly start to get a sense of who’s there and who’s not.

DON’T: Pretend everything will be easy

Let’s face it, during the first week you’re not exactly expecting much in your classes. After all, it’s just introductions, right? Well, depending on which Diploma you’re studying, you might be in for a surprise. Our fast-track students in particular will be getting straight into things, because there’s no time to waste when you’re graduating in just 8 months. Don’t let yourself believe everything will be easy for too long, you don’t want to be caught off guard and fall behind right at the start.

DO: Get to know public transport

If you’ve got a workshop that starts at 10 AM sharp, you don’t want to be stressing about showing up late. Luckily, with SIBT’s prime location in the heart of the CBD, there are plenty of options when it comes to public transport, so brushing up on your public transport knowledge will help make your life so much easier. There’s a bus stop right outside campus, and you can easily walk from both the Museum and Town Hall train stations in just a few minutes. Knowing which busses and/or trains you need to take, as well as when they leave, will help take a bit of stress off during your first few days.

DON’T: Be shy!

University is a place of new beginnings, in both your academic and social lives, so it’s important to you put yourself out there and meet new people, especially during your first week. Most new people on campus won’t know a single other person there, so they’ll be looking to get out and make friends, just like you! Giving someone a hand with their books, starting a conversation in the elevator, or talking to your table before the start of a workshop are great places to start. Don’t forget to check out the kitchens, either! There’s one on every level, and this is usually where you’ll find loads of people getting snacks, drinks, or resting between classes, (as well as free breakfast!) so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.

DO: Join clubs and societies!

One great thing about being at Uni is that there are tons of people with different backgrounds and interests, and you’ll usually find that there’s a social group for each! You can hop on the court with the basketball club, jam with the music society, or get to know one of the many international student societies, just to name a few! Taking part in the sporting and social activities on offer by all the clubs on the Sydney City Campus is a fantastic way to not only have a blast but meet like-minded people!

Final thoughts…

Your first week at SIBT is going to be a stressful but exciting time. Feeling completely disorganized and stressed out is totally normal at this stage, so don’t worry! As you get more comfortable with the way things work, join societies and clubs, understand your course load, and, most importantly, make new friends, you’ll start to settle in and feel more comfortable. If you ever have any questions or troubles during your first week, or any week for that matter, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your mentor or student support staff. We’re here for you every step of the way, and we hope your first week is a great one!

Missed out on an offer to Uni? Don’t panic, there’s another way in!

Whether you’ve missed out on receiving an offer to study at university or you don’t like the options you’ve been left with, there is no reason to panic. As we outlined in our blog ‘Dealing with the Chaos of the ATAR Release‘, there are a number of routes to higher education. Although, if your parents are hounding you for your results or you have your heart set on a Bachelor of Business, a future in IT, Engineering or even a place in Media, we have you covered

The Diploma 

Studying a diploma at SIBT guarantees you direct entry into year two of a bachelor degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. Meaning, you’ll still complete your tertiary studies in three years! Well, four if you study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). You start with your friends and you graduate with your friends. We’d call that a win. 

You can choose from five diploma programs, that will gain you access to a number of bachelor degrees. 

Diploma of Arts Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice) 
Diploma of Business Administration Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Accounting 
Diploma of Media and Communication Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) 
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) 
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) 
Diploma of EngineeringBachelor of Engineering (Honours) 
Bachelor of Engineering Science 
Diploma of Information Technology Bachelor of ICT  Bachelor of Information Systems 

That’s all good and proper if a Uni degree is your end goal, but what if you just want to fast forward to working in the industry of your dreams? Our diplomas are a level five qualification, designed to equip students with a broad set of skills and in-depth knowledge about the industry they wish to join. Of course, you can’t study a Diploma of Engineering and want to gain an entry level role in marketing, it would, however, set you up for entry into a technical field. We’re practical like that! 

The Foundation 

Did you skip your exams or didn’t complete year 12? Our Foundation program may be right for you. We’ll help get you up to scratch and prepare you for university learning. The good news is, if you do well and achieve a mark of 70% overall in your first semester, you may be eligible to jump straight into a diploma, bypassing the rest of the program! Not so scary after all. 

Final thoughts  

As you can see, there’s no reason to panic, you don’t have to get left behind. You don’t even have to hide from your folks as you attempt to create your own university (it’s too much work, trust us). We’ve got programs that will get you to where you want to be. Applications are still open, so apply for free today

Moving Out: Essentials for University 

Starting university can be stressful enough; imagine having to move out of your home. Whether you’re moving from across the globe or the other side of Sydney, you need a plan.  Wondering what to pack?  Here’s a quick guide to help you get started.   

The Essentials:  

  • Clothes and shoes – Crazy, right? Just don’t bring everything. Pack enough to cover you for at least 10 days, you might run out of time to do the washing. If you haven’t worn something in ages, leave it at home. Unless it’s a warm coat, Sydney can get cold in the winter if your more used to warmer climates. Make sure to pack at least one set of nice clothes, you never know when you might need them!  
  • Toiletries Again, obvious. However, in addition to your usual toothbrush, toothpaste, make-up, shampoo, conditioner, personal hygiene supplies, etc., it’s always handy to have some Panadol and a mini first aid kit. But if there’s one thing from you can’t forget, its deodorant!  
  • Your laptop! – Your laptop is going to be your lifeline for everything from homework to exam prep. However, if you don’t own one yet or forget to bring it to campus, you can borrow one from our friendly iHelp Service Desk on campus. You can also buy an affordable one here in Sydney from many of our local stores, remember to check for special student discounts.  
  • Chargers and electronics – There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the day with a flat phone and then realising you don’t have a way to charge it. The same applies for laptops, speakers, and anything else with a battery.   
  • Towels and a bathmat – Probably best, unless you fancy drying off in the sun. If it’s too much to pack, you can always pop into KMART or another affordable store to purchase a fluffy towel cheap.  
  • Decorations and mementos – You’re not in jail, so don’t let your room feel like one. Bringing along a few pieces of home, like posters, a fake plant, or especially a family photo, will liven up your space to help you relax. It will also help reduce homesickness, something especially important for our international friends.   
  • Important documents – These could include anything from your passport and health insurance to your Uni offer letter or accommodation contract. Make sure you have any important documents you think you might need access to and file them away to bring with you.  

If you are flying to Sydney, remember to pack them in your carry-on luggage.  

Situational items:  

  • Bedding – Many places offering student accommodation will just provide the bed and pillows, while others will also provide simple bedding. Depending on your situation, you might want to make sure you’ve got pillows and pillowcases, sheets, duvets and duvet covers. It might also be the perfect time for you to upgrade.  
  • Kitchenware – If you’re moving into an apartment with a shared kitchen, you will be provided with most utensils. However, it could be useful to pack an extra mug or two, just so everyone knows it’s your coffee and yours alone. Just make sure you’ve also got some dish soap to wash them up.  

Other Useful Things…  

  • A good pair of headphones – Not everyone shares your taste in music, especially when they’re in the library.  
  • Lounge clothes – If you’re going to be studying at home for hours, you might as well be comfortable.  
  • Tape, paperclips, and a stapler – Useful for assignments and 5-second fixes.  

Do NOT Bring:  

  • Your entire bedroom – Let’s be honest, half the stuff in there hasn’t been touched since you first brought it in. Only bring your favourite books, decorations, and clothes.  
  • Your pet – As much as we would all love to have them around, you’ll have to tell them “see you later!” just like any other family member.   

Final Thoughts…  

Hopefully this list helps keep your overpacking to a minimum. Remember, you don’t need to pack everything. As we’ve explored before, there’s loads to do in downtown Sydney, so between your time on campus, at work, and out enjoying the food, nightlife, and activities of the CBD, you really won’t have a chance to think about more than the essentials.   

Whether you’re studying a Diploma of Media, IT, Engineering, Business, or Arts, everyone at SIBT is looking forward to seeing you on campus.   

See you soon!