Welcome to Work Experience at ECS

This is the Wiki, this is the Work Experience Tool.

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Your Bachelor of Engineering work experience program, has been developed to fulfill the needs of you as a student looking to engage with the IT workforce, Engineering NZ as the accrediting body for your degree and IT sector employers.

The Wellington Tech Sector likes students from the School of Engineering and Computer Science. This is reflected in part by the fact you will get paid for your IT internship, which is unfortunately rare in study. In addition the majority of tech internships available in Wellington are provided to our students. This is a positive reflection on both your commitment to study and the quality of the graduates generated by the school. After completing your degree, you will get the benefit of that recognition for the next 40 years.

The program is intended to enable applying your technical skills within an IT workplace context. In the process you will likely find that while technical skills are necessary, they are not sufficient within the modern IT workplace.

Work Ready Graduates

Employers within the IT sector are demanding graduates that are “work ready”. This includes technical competence, good communication (written and presentations), the ability to learn fast, integrate into teams and resolve differences positively. Above all, employers and peers want to enjoy coming to work to solve interesting problems. Work ready graduates facilitate this.

The non-technical skills may be referred to as 'people skills', 'soft skills' or 'transferable skills' (transferable across workplaces and roles). For many whom choose to learn technical skills, the soft skills in comparison are much harder to learn.

Work placements are found by students. There are various services available to assist students and the work experience programme assists you to build and recognise your key job skills.

Work Experience Program Goals

The goals of work experience are:

  1. To apply taught theory in the workplace.
  2. To experience an IT workplace culture, IT work practices and increase your network of industry peers.
  3. To learn from industry veterans and engage positively with experienced industry peers to solve large problems.
  4. To reflect on these experiences and demonstrate your ability to derive useful learning from your reflection.

Further Details

Prospective students

Employers

Work Experience Coordinator

The coordinator for the Work Experience programme is Matt Stevens. The contact details are: