IT TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Working: Autobid Live Ltd
Educated: Diploma in Information Technology at AIS St Helens
Jiro Sasamoto first came to New Zealand for a one-year working holiday experience and decided to stay in this country. Having a great interest in IT and experience in developing software in MS Access, Jiro decided to study a Diploma in Information Technology at AIS St Helens to improve his skills.
“What makes AIS St Helens different to other institutes is the smaller classes. It was easier to interact with the teacher, and if I had any question the teacher could really help me with what I needed,” Jiro says. “The course has a good balance of theory and practice, so theory can be practically applied and this has given me a good foundation for my current job.”
Jiro now works as a web developer in Autobid Live Ltd. He produced an online intranet system which can share information between their three offices in Japan, Auckland and Tauranga, and any other place in the world. He also created online instant bidding auction software for their customers in the UK.back to top
Born: New Zealand
Working: Consultant, Software Consultants Ltd.
Educated: karROX-AIS, Java and Advanced Java
A consulting job in the IT industry seems a far cry from chopping vegetables and washing dishes in Auckland restaurants. But for Volta Fa'aesea adapting to change has never been a problem. The 26-year-old spent several years working as a kitchen hand, both full and part-time, while studying for his BA in philosophy. However, last year he decided to try something new.
"I wanted to do the thing that was hardest for me, the thing that would be the most challenging", he says. "I tried computer programming in my first year at University but I wasn't mature or focused enough".
"Programming was really difficult for me, which is why I've now chosen to pursue it as a career".
In order to break into the IT industry, Mr Fa'aesea completed a 10-month full-time business programming diploma before sending out his CV to IT companies. Finding work was difficult, as most employers were looking for people with experience.
However SCL (Software Consultants Ltd) gave him a chance and employed him as a consultant. Thanks to his motivation and passion for study he has not looked back. He has recently completed a Java and Advanced Java course at the AIS St Helens campus, making him just one of two at SCL with expertise in Java programming.
The course is one of a range of new high-end IT programmes offered by karROX AIS Technologies, a joint venture between AIS Foundation and karROX Technologies India.
Other courses include Information Solutions Developer (Visual Basic and SQL Server), Systems Engineer, Web Amalgam (a web designing course) and IT Skills, which focuses on MS Office, net surfing and the Internet.
"I chose karROX AIS Technologies because they teach more advanced Java topics, as well as being a recognised training institute," says Mr Fa'aesea. "Also, their prices are good. It was a hard juggle full-time work and such intensive study, but it was worth it. Our tutor taught us the tools and now it is a matter of practising them".
He is keen to spend the next few years developing his expertise before he heads off overseas to advance himself. Eventually he will return to New Zealand to teach programming.back to top
Working: CEO Hyperlink Solutions
Educated: karROX-AIS, Network Engineering and Administration
Originally from India, Chintamani worked as a Chartered Accountant for 20 years before moving to New Zealand in 2000. He noticed there was a shortage of skilled and experienced IT professionals within New Zealand so he set up Hyperlink Solutions - a Recruitment Agency for IT professionals.
As CEO for Hyperlink Solutions, Chintamani is aware of the importance of continuously updating his IT knowledge in such a rapidly changing market. So he enrolled in the Network Engineering and Administration course at AIS St Helens.
"I had heard a lot of really positive comments about the AIS St Helens course and because of its association with karROX in India I knew it was the best course for me to choose. The teaching was excellent and prepares you well for the MCSE."back to top
Born: New Zealand
Aspiring: Web Designer
Educated: karROX-AIS, IT Skills and Web Design
After completing Information Technology at Secondary School in fifth form Daniel knew that he was destined for a career in Web Design. So, when the School removed IT from its curriculum Daniel left and enrolled in a year-long Desktop Publishing course followed by a 10-week Web-Design course-studying HTML.
With a thirst to learn more IT programmes Daniel then enrolled in a 12-week IT Skills and Web Design course at AIS St Helens.
Daniel has blended his love of Web-Design and Pro-Wrestling to develop a website (the only one of it's kind in New Zealand) for Mania, a Pro-Wrestling School based in Auckland.
"I had always been interested in Pro-Wrestling and liked going to the shows but I was never able to find out when the shows were on so kept missing them. I approached Mania about a website and asked if I could develop one for them as a part of my AIS St Helens assignment. They agreed and since then I have also become on of their referees. If I hadn't completed the Web Design course at AIS St Helens I would never have been able to develop the website".
"Out of all the IT courses I have completed the AIS St Helens one was definitely my favorite and most worthwhile".back to top