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New tech career in less than a year

Teo had always been attracted to a career in tech but as a busy working mum, never thought she would have enough time to try it. The fact that SHIFT offered school-friendly hours and a mix of practical learning and industry project work, to develop current tech skills and gain valuable industry experience, played a large part in Teo’s decision to enrol.

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Teo started at SHIFT in Christchurch in February last year, having previously worked as a CAD (Computer Assisted Design) Operator and in Commercial Sales Support for two years. “In just a couple of months, I managed to learn basic programming, AGILE, project management, how to build a small web app and databases.” Teo says, “I built the right industry skills, and I also interacted with the Christchurch tech sector through the many networking events that SHIFT provided.”

During SHIFT, Teo’s project work included developing two web apps, one for a game development company and one for the national youth mentoring organisation, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Teo went on to complete her 200-hour industry placement with Orion Health, where she is now employed full-time as a Software Engineer.

“SHIFT got me from a zero programming background to full-time graduate Software Engineer in less than one year. It helped me achieve what I thought was just a dream!”

SHIFT is offered in Christchurch and Dunedin and has very high employment rates for graduates. If you want to find out more about making a change in career and adding tech to your current skills, pop along to our next Tech Careers & Pizza Night. Register through signal.ac.nz/shift, or talk to the friendly team at SIGNAL on 0800 99 00 24.

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