On Tuesday 2 February, 18 students from Year 12 were invited to the Monmouth Enterprise Initiative. The day included several talks from professionals in the Information Technology industry, organised by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
The experience aimed to provide students with a greater insight into the breadth of prospects in the IT sector, as well as the several pathways to enter it. The talks were incredibly informative, covering a range of topics in great detail, for example ‘Emerging Technologies in IT’, ‘Consultancy within IT’, and ‘Entrepreneurship within IT', and finishing with Question and Answer sessions.
The professionals spoke about their first hand experiences, providing the reassuring perspective to the students, that with the right attitude and adaptability, a degree in IT would be fascinating.
Lucas (L6H1) commented: "Inspirational. That is the first word that comes to mind when reflecting on the Monmouth Enterprise Initiative. As an aspiring medical student, I attended these talks out of curiosity. The talks immensely deepened and expanded my understanding of the IT industry and the diversity of specialist jobs available within the sector.
"One of the most crucial and interesting pieces of information that I learned was regarding the plethora of paths one can take to enter the IT industry itself. I was previously under the notion that it could only be approached through a specific degree, but it was both insightful and encouraging to those who were considering a career in the industry."
Overall, students left the day feeling much more confident about their knowledge of the IT industry. The final talk focused on emphasising the concept of seizing opportunities, leaving the message to resonate in pupils’ minds as an enjoyable day came to an end.
Written by Viven (L6C1) and Jatin (L6S2)