Finding the perfect balance

Finding the perfect balance between studying, working and motherhood has been a breeze for Information Technology (IT) Intern, Jahminique Chivers.

Jahminique, 21, was offered an internship within our IT department and is in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Computing Systems (BCS) degree at EIT.

Jahminique started her 14 week internship in July this year. “So far I have had the opportunity to project manage the implementation of a new software that makes managing the workflow of IT jobs easier to navigate. Its full time but I take one afternoon off a week to complete classwork. I’m a quick learner, good with people and a hard worker. I’m learning a lot – how the hospital works from the inside out and am surprised at how many departments there are.”

From the internship, Jahminique aims to gain IT experience and hopes to secure a job with us upon completion of her degree. “My advice for anyone looking at IT as a career is to have a good baseline of general IT knowledge before getting into the industry.”

Our IT department has built strong networks with tertiary providers, to encourage students in their third year of their BCS degree, to take on an internship at the Gisborne Hospital. “An internship is a great way for students to experience theory in practice” says Information Systems Educator and Tester, Rose Schwass.

Depending on the type of project requirements, work undertaken may include IT technical support and desktop analysis, systems analysis tasks, database/intranet design and development, strategic analysis of IT needs within an organisation, and application development and design.

The next intake for BCS interns will be in 2023, Semester 1 and 2, and we look forward to working alongside tertiary providers to help grow the future IT workforce.

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