Leonard Villani wanted to study IT, particularly computer systems networking, so he enrolled in Melbourne Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering.
Leonard enjoyed the hands-on experience with Cisco systems, and is now looking for work in the field of computer systems network design, troubleshooting and implementation.
Leonard Villani has just completed the Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering, fulfilling a long-held desire to enter the IT industry.
"I was in a job that was half IT and half administrative duties and I liked the IT part of it. I always wanted to do IT but when I got out of high school it wasn't a good time to get into the industry, so I put it off."
"I learned about the course through my sister. She brought me a booklet and I looked through that and I found a course that was relevant to what I wanted to do. I wanted to get into computer systems networking, which was one of the core components of the course I chose." He began the two-year Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering in 2010.
"The course is based around networking. Operating systems are the second biggest part of the course, then programming comes into it, which is fairly extensive – it makes you proficient in reading code and able to speak intelligently with a programmer. Some other areas of study in the course are OH&S, electrical engineering, maths and management."
"I've enjoyed the hands-on experience with networking and systems delivery. The whole reason I chose this course was the Cisco component of it."
Leonard found the teaching staff to be very helpful, especially teacher Viki Giesemann. "She was experienced, and a solid programmer. She had a good grasp of how to convey the basics of programming and the principles of setting out code."
As part of the course, students had to complete 60 hours of experience, which Leonard completed in an IT support role. Now that he has finished studying, his plan is join a large organisation.
"At the moment I'm in the middle of interviews for a full-time position, trying to get a job doing computer systems network design, troubleshooting and implementation. The fact I have hands-on Cisco experience and other industry qualifications hopefully means I would be quite useful for them."
"For the type of network engineering I want to do I really need to be in a big company. The idea is to get into one of those companies and stay for a while, learn and get more practical experience and industry qualifications."
Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering