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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

Group Assignments 101

Group assignments in college or university – what can we say? On one hand, students find group assignments to be a lot of fun and a great learning experience. On the other hand, some students find it to be a source of frustration. If you are in this boat, keep on reading to see how we can turn your group assignments into a fun and rewarding experience.

SIBT City Campus

Why we have group assignments

Before you read on, we have some spoilers for The Lion King. If you have not seen it yet (how could you have not seen it!?), we highly recommend skipping to the next paragraph. Now that you have been warned – remember when Mufasa gets thrown off the cliff and Simba screams out ‘no’ in agony? Simba’s reaction closely resembles how some students feel about group assignments. But it does not have to be this way!

The reason we have group assignments is because it is enables you to share knowledge and ideas between your group members, which is something that you may also need to do in your future career. You learn how to explain your ideas to others, which is not always easy, as sometimes a simple concept to you might not be as simple to others. It is also a great way to learn and expand your creative thinking.

You also develop teamwork skills. You learn how to work with others, communicate on both an emotional and intellectual level, and make decisions as a team. As you develop your teamwork skills, you combine each group member’s strengths so that you can produce a high-quality outcome. Much like what is required in the workplace.

With all this in mind, how can you ensure that your group assignments go well so that you can make the most out of this learning opportunity?

Plan

The first thing you should do is plan. Assign tasks to each group member so that they know what they are working on, and make sure that each task caters to each person’s strength. Think about adding task deadlines so that you know when the tasks are due. One method to keep track of this is through a Gantt chart. It is a visual tool which outlines tasks, its due dates and who is responsible for it.

Communicate with your group

After your group is formed, get each group members contact details. Whether that is their phone number, email or social media account, you just need to find a way to stay in touch with them. Throughout the assignment, keep communicating. Tell them what you have done, check-in to see how others are doing and do not leave anything until the last minute! This is important as each member is contributing something different, so you will need time at the end to combine all the components and to edit the assignment.

Get to know your group

When your group is first formed, you will introduce yourselves and then get to know each other. This will help you identify the key strengths of each group member as you will be sharing your personal knowledge with one another. This will then make it easier to split the workload fairly. In the planning stage, as we discussed before, you assign tasks to each group member based on their strengths. Make sure that everyone is doing an equitable amount of work.

Speak with your teacher

If you have any questions, make sure you speak to your teacher. Having a continuous loop of feedback from your teacher at each stage, from planning and progression, will ensure you stay on the right track and that each group member has direction.

Tips from our student ambassador

We spoke with our student ambassador Juhee and asked her if she had any group assignment tips. This is what she wanted to share with you:

  1. Share your personal knowledge
  2. Split the workload fairly
  3. Make it fun/get a coffee/take breaks

These tips are very important as Juhee herself has experienced group assignments firsthand.

Your group members are your team, so enjoy spending time with them. As Juhee said, it is important to have fun. By making your group assignment a fun experience, it can lead to a better outcome as you have greater motivation for success.

Group Assignments

Group assignments are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. It also prepares you for future success by building your skills in communication, problem solving, and teamwork. Make the most out of it during your education and build the essential skills needed for your future career.

Sydney Institute of Business and Technology fosters strong connections between students and teachers by creating a supportive environment. If there is anywhere you would want to do group assignments, it is with us! Apply with SIBT today.

SIBT Team 

*SIBT (CRICOS code: 01576G)/WSU-Sydney City Campus (CRICOS code: 00917k)

The College Experience

Are you looking to start (or maybe you have already started!) your higher education journey and are wondering what this year will bring? Throughout this blog, we will be covering the experience that you will go through when studying at college.

SIBT City Campus

Clubs, Societies and Activities

There are so many different clubs and societies that you can join! There are way too many to list, but if you have certain interests or hobbies, then it will be most likely covered by a club or society. The best part about joining is that not only are you participating in something that you are interested in, but it is also an opportunity for you to make new friends.

At SIBT, there are so many different activities which take place on a weekly basis, whether it is on campus or online. Just these past couple of months, we have had live art and bubble tea, a pizza picnic in the park, an online scavenger hunt and free food!

Friendship

One of the most amazing things about tertiary education is the people you meet. You meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds, with different ages and interests. You are studying in a field which other students are interested in too, creating the foundation for long-term friendships and to grow your network.

SIBT is located in the heart of Sydney, which is extremely convenient as it is located near restaurants, parks, cinemas and entertainment areas. It makes it easier to hang out with your new friends outside of campus and to participate in activities together. You are also close to public transport, so many areas of Sydney are easily accessible! SIBT is also very diverse, with students coming from a variety of different countries including India, China, Pakistan, Vietnam and Nepal!

Independence

One key component of college is that you will have education independence. What this means is that you are responsible for your own education. The amount of time and effort you put into your studies will show in your results. With this in mind, it is important that you are able to balance your time between your college pathway studies, social life, work and your interests/hobbies.

New Learning Style

When you were at high school, you may have had 5-6 subjects per day in a classroom, with each subject being taught for approximately an hour. Tertiary education is different. You will have a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Your lectures are with many other students, tutorials are smaller classes and workshops are all about gaining practical knowledge and skills.

At SIBT, it is similar to other colleges but also a bit different. Why? It is because we focus on your education. Lecture rooms hold a maximum of 50 people so that you can actively engage with your lecturers. SIBT tutorials hold a maximum of 25 people so that you can get the support you need from your teacher and engage with your classmates. When you study at SIBT, you will be supported by an excellent student support team. Whether you need help with maths, English or anything in life, you will have access to the support you need to help you succeed. We spoke with Muskan, who recently started her studies at SIBT, and she said that she enjoys studying at SIBT because we have “good support and a good campus. All the people are very helpful.”  Click here to learn more about our student support services.

The College Experience

Clubs, societies, activities, new friends, independence and a new learning style are just a few things that you should expect to see at college. It will be one of the most enjoyable times in your life as no other experience can compare to it.

If you are thinking about applying, you can click here to do so. It will be one of the best decisions you make!

SIBT Team 

*SIBT (CRICOS code: 01576G)/WSU-Sydney City Campus (CRICOS code: 00917k)

Places to Visit In and Around Sydney

With the long weekend coming up, you may be thinking about some places that you can visit in and around Sydney. Whether you are looking for something in the city, or if you are looking to venture out a bit further out, we have got you covered.

Bondi Beach

Get ready to dip your toes into the sweeping white sands and dive into the waves at Australia’s most famous beach! Bondi Beach can be the perfect way to spend the day out. Laying down on the sand to enjoy the sunshine, diving in for a swim between the red and yellow flags or going surfing are just a few things that you can do at Bondi Beach. With glorious weather expected over the long weekend, you can be sure that the beach will be buzzing with people from sunrise to sunset.

Bondi Beach is about a 20-minute drive from our campus. If you are looking to catch public transport, you will need to catch the bus from Museum Station (Liverpool Street, Stand A, Bus Route 333 towards North Bondi) and this journey will take approximately 37 minutes.

If you are looking for a quieter, sun-soaked beach day, then make sure to head on over to Shelly Beach in Manly. You may see snorkellers and scuba divers enjoying the water along with the marine life. There is also a bush track nearby just in case you have the desire to go for a walk.

To get to Shelly Beach, it will take approximately 45 minutes if you drive there. If you are catching public transport from campus, it will take just over an hour. You will need to catch the train from Museum Station to Wynyard Station, then you will need to hop on bus 173X towards Warringah Mall before switching to bus 141 towards Manly. It is then a 20-minute walk to Shelly Beach once you get off the bus at Ivanhoe Park, Sydney Road.

Luna Park

Are you looking for an amusement park for some fun? Then Luna Park could be the place for you. As soon as you arrive at Luna Park, you will be met by the iconic grinning face. This is just the beginning of an exciting journey. Once you enter the park, you will hear so much laughter, screams and music that you will think that you have been transported to the world of old. There are plenty of rides, shows and food at Luna Park so that the fun never stops.

To get to Luna Park from campus, you will need to walk to Town Hall Station which will take about 5 minutes. You will then need to catch the train to Milsons Point Station, which is about a 6-minute train ride, followed by a 5-minute walk to Luna Park.

Zoos

There are a few zoos in and around Sydney which you can visit, and each one is amazing. Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney’s most famous attractions and is home to over 4,000 animals and native Australian wildlife. There will be shows and keeper talks throughout the day, and you will also get access to Sky Safari which is Sydney’s only cable car.

Sydney Zoo is Australia’s most advanced zoo and is located in the heart of Western Sydney. The zoo has advanced technology and innovation to improve animal welfare and boost the engagement of visitors. There are over 4,000 animals to see, along with Australia’s largest Reptile and Nocturnal House and an aquarium.

From campus, Taronga Zoo is a 22-minute drive. If you are looking to catch public transport, then you will need to walk for 10 minutes to QVB on York Street (Stand D) and then catch Bus Route 100 towards Taronga Zoo, which will take approximately 30 minutes.

If you are looking to venture out to Western Sydney to visit Sydney Zoo, then it is a 45-minute drive from campus. For public transport, the journey will take between 90 minutes to 2 hours. There are alternative routes available, and we would recommend visiting the Transport for NSW website to plan your trip.  

Bombo Headland

If you are interested in going on a road trip, then would recommend visiting Bombo Headland. It is not a place that many people are aware of, so it counts as a hidden gem, and it is an absolutely stunning place to visit. The rock formations here are a sight to behold and it is a great place to take magnificent pictures. Other popular destinations like Shellharbour and Kiama are a short drive from Bombo Headland and are wonderful places to visit during your road trip.

Bombo Headland is approximately a 2-hour drive from campus. It is a 3-hour journey by public transport, where you will need to catch a train from Museum Station before switching trains at Wolli Creek and then heading down to Bombo Station.

There are many more places to visit!

These are only a few places in and around Sydney that you can visit. With the long weekend approaching, we recommend having a look online to discover more enjoyable places to visit. A few good places to start include:

Feel free to send us a message on our socials and we would be more than happy to provide you with a few more options, between our own long weekend naps.

Click here to apply with SIBT.

SIBT Team 

*SIBT (CRICOS code: 01576G)/WSU-Sydney City Campus (CRICOS code: 00917k)

Turn Your Dream Career Into Reality!

We’re celebrating an incredible milestone this year as it’s our 25th anniversary! It’s 25 years of helping students fast-track to university and turning their dream careers into reality while having fun on campus.

Graduate concept

About SIBT and WSUSCC

At Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT), we offer diplomas in a variety of areas to help students find their path. These areas include arts (social science), business, engineering, information technology, and media and communications. But a student’s education journey doesn’t end there. After a student completes their diploma in 8 or 12 months, they can fast-track to the second year of their bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus (WSUSCC), which is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide!

SIBT and WSUSCC share the same campus, so students are part of Western Sydney University (WSU) from day 1. They’ll make friends from both SIBT and their future program at WSU, and they’ll interact with the same staff across both institutions throughout their education journey which ensures uninterrupted support.

Gaining practical experience

But education is more than just theory. It is also about the practical experience that a student can attain before they launch their careers. At SIBT and WSUSCC, we offer practical workshops, such as Career and Job Skills Workshops, and industry placements for WSUSCC students to help them prepare for life after university.

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Engineering Science both require 12 weeks of industrial experience. It is a great opportunity for students to implement all that they have learned in the real world. A few places where students have done their placements include Aurecon, AECOM, Transport for NSW and Greenland China.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) has Provisional Accreditation at the level of Professional Engineering for three majors – Civil, Electrical and Mechanical. After graduating from this program, students are able to apply for full membership of Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia is Australia’s peak body for engineering. They have globally recognised credentials and international agreements which allows its members to live and work around the world.

Students are eligible to apply for Chartered Professional Engineering registration after they complete the required engineering practise as outlined by Engineers Australia. Becoming a Chartered engineer brings many opportunities. In addition to having a mark of excellence, it will bring global recognition as Charted engineers are recognised worldwide for their skills and professionalism. Being a Charted engineer can also provide both career progression and leadership development.

The Bachelor of Engineering Science has been designed to meet Engineers Australia professional accreditation requirements – Competency Stage 1 Engineering Technologist and Australian Quality Frameworks (AQF) Level 7. Once graduated, students are able to apply for full membership at Engineers Australia. After they’ve completed the required engineering practice period as determined by Engineers Australia, they are able to apply for Certified Engineering Technologist registration. By being a member with Engineers Australia, graduates will be able to boost their employability and move their career forward.

John is a current student at WSUSCC with a bright future ahead of him. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and through his degree, he is looking towards a career in consulting engineering and one day having his own business.

Information Communications and Technology (ICT) also has placement opportunities. It is optional for students studying a bachelor’s degree in ICT or Information Systems (IS), but compulsory with a master’s degree in ICT. After completing their bachelor program in ICT, students are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) while the IS bachelor’s degree and ICT master’s degree is accredited with the ACS at Professional Level.

ACS is a professional association for Australia’s tech sector which supports ICT professionals across their career journey. By joining, graduates will be supported as they seek their first job while they build skills through networking opportunities, information and career advice.

Turning dreams into reality

Since 1997, we have helped over 25,000 students (equivalent to over 90%!) progress to university. But we know that there are many more students out there who are looking for a pathway to university. We are excited to have these students join us so that we can help them find their path and turn their dreams into reality.

Click here to apply with SIBT.

SIBT Team 

*SIBT (CRICOS code: 01576G)/WSU-Sydney City Campus (CRICOS code: 00917k)

The Ambassador Platform is Here!

If you hop onto our website, you might notice a new popup with the caption ‘Chat to Our Community’. This new feature is The Ambassador Platform (TAP)! It’s an opportunity for you to chat with current students of SIBT and Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus (WSUSCC), to learn more about our courses, student life or to ask any other questions.

What is The Ambassador Platform?

University isn’t only just about education – it’s also about experiencing university life and making new friendships. But each university is different, so how can you know what your university experience will be like?

With TAP, you will have the opportunity to chat with current students from SIBT and WSUSCC. When you visit the SIBT or Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus website, you will see a popup on the screen saying ‘Chat to our Community’. Once you click on it, you will be directed to the ‘Chat to our Ambassadors’ webpage on the website.

From here, you will be able to see the profiles of the students, aka ambassadors, with whom you can connect and have a chat with. There are filter options available so that you can speak with someone from SIBT or WSUSCC, or you can use the search function to look for particular keywords that you’d like to chat about. For example, if you wanted to discuss with someone about engineering, then simply search the word ‘engineering’ and you will see a list of students who are currently studying engineering.

How The Ambassador Platform can help you

When you’re deciding on which university to attend, you have many things to consider. Is this institution right for me? What are the lecturers and tutors like? Will this degree cover what I’d like to learn? Is Sydney the right city for me?

Our ambassadors can help answer these questions and explain so much more! It’s not all about the chat either. By connecting their social media profiles to TAP, you can see the true and authentic tertiary education experience. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so it’s a great opportunity for you to see what really goes on behind the scenes at SIBT and WSUSCC.

Check out what Tanzima, an Ambassador for SIBT and WSUSCC, had to say about TAP. “We, the students, get to share our honest experience with potential students. As ambassadors, we are the genuine examples of what it feels like to be a student at SIBT and Western Sydney University.”

Why Use The Ambassador Platform

Here’s the icing on the cake on how TAP can help you. The following statistics are based on prospective students using TAP1:

  • 85% felt more informed about student life
  • 87% felt more confident about their education choice

Tanzima helps explain this further. “We can share what the actual journey of being an SIBT and Western Sydney University student is like, the advantages and disadvantages, where to find help and other things. TAP is like an honest, friendly and open guide for the potential students”.

TAP is a great tool for you to utilise and will come from the most powerful source in your decision making – current SIBT and WSUSCC students.

Find your path with the help of our students.  Click here to view and connect with our Ambassadors.

SIBT Team 

*SIBT (CRICOS code: 01576G)/WSU-Sydney City Campus (CRICOS code: 00917k)

1. The Ambassador Platform 2022, The Ambassador Platform, London, viewed 11 January 2022, <https://www.theambassadorplatform.com/?hsLang=en>.

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:
https://www.sibt.nsw.edu.au/apply

SIBT Team 

*SIBT (CRICOS code: 01576G)/WSU-Sydney City Campus (CRICOS code: 00917k)

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.