Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

I just wanted to quickly sign in to make a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Thanks for visiting this blog in 2008, I hope it was useful to all who came here and hope you return back in 2009 as well.

The year end is always busy with things to be completed & cleaned up. Of course, you also need to take a break to revitalise yourself to face the new year. So, it has been like that for me as well, hence why you didn't see a post for awhile.

I really look forward to the new year, a new year always brings new hopes and new challenges! Apart from work, my role at ACS has further expanded. For 2009, I have a National role to play as the Board Director of the National Young IT Board (Link). I have also been re-elected as a member of the Victorian Branch, which is going to be a continuation from where I left in 2008.

Enjoy the festive season!! Wish a you a Happy New Year!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Green Young IT in the Pub

Green Young IT in the Pub - ICT & Sustainability

Venue: The Imperial HotelCnr Bourke & Spring Streets Melbourne
Date: Thursday 20th November 2008 Time: 6:00PM

Presenters :Tony Hodgson and Frank Mentiplay

Free Knowledge, Free Entry, Free Food, Free Drinks!

Register at: https://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10119347526380

Presentation at MIT

I had the opportunity of doing a talk at an orientation day presentation this week for the third time this year at the Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) to address new students.

MIT, the Melbourne Institute of Technology, is a modern, innovative and dynamic institution which provides high-quality education relevant to the ever-changing demands of the workforce. It also provides a firm base for students who want to pursue higher education in Business and Information Technology. MIT also has a high concentration of international students and it was great to have the opportunity to address those new students.

I wish to thank Dr. Elizabeth A. Kendall, Dr. Savitri Bevinakoppa and Anna Bordignon of MIT for their assistance in organizing these presentations and look forward to doing more in this space.

Some photos:







Saturday, November 8, 2008

In Retrospect....... 1

This probably is going to be the first of a series of Blogs/Notes that I would make in retrospect to summarise how last year was spent. Well, there are almost 2 months more to go in this year, but with a December vacation coming and planning for next year already started, I have started to wind down the year already!!

It's been a busy year with work, trainings, travel, writing and industry activities. This post is about some of the industry activities that we did over the last year. It started slow, but peaked very quickly and also managed to maintain the peak consistently without letting it nose dive and I am determined to keep the momentum going and maintain the trend line.

Some of the activities we did were:

Special Event: IBM Global CIO presentation
Workshop: How to make the most out of career fairs
Uni Event: Melbourne Uni Careers Day fair
Uni Event: RMIT Careers Fair Expo
YIT in the Pub (March)
Uni Event: Melbourne Institute of Technology Orientation Day talk.
Workshop: Stand out from the crowd with your resume and cover letter (April)
Special Event: With ACS President/KPMG Global CIO kumar Parakala
YIT in the Pub (Speaker : Bettina Harlos) (May)
Workshop: Behavioral interviewing & mock interviews (June)
YIT in the Pub: (Speaker : Dr. Anthony Overmass)(July)
Uni Event: Monash University – Orientation day talk (July)
Uni Event: Melbourne Institute of Technology – Orientation day talk (July)
Workshop: Australian Workplace Culture (July)
Special Event: ICT Careers Night (July)
Special Event: Booth at Careers Fair of VITTA for the Careers Week (Aug)
YIT in the Pub (Speaker : Samantha Goold) (Aug)
YIT in the Pub (Speaker: Scott Evans) (Aug)
Workshop: IT Career Paths (Sep)
YIT in the Pub (Oct)
Special Event: Oracle Recruitment (Oct)
Workshop: Business Communication Skills (13 Nov)
Uni Event: Melbourne Institute of Technology – Orientation day talk (Nov)
Green YIT in the Pub (20 Nov)

The objective is ' CHANGE & ACTION'! The long list is an obvious proof that CHANGE is already in motion by servicing people through ACTION.

Need everyone's help to keep things going on this front....

Signing off for now...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

ACS Young IT - Oracle Presentation

Last week, we had a successful event where David Talamelli from Oracle spoke about Oracle recruitment, opportunities at Oracle and how people land in jobs at Oracle. He also touched on how someone could be successful in the job market by maintaining an online profile and also keeping in touch with the industry contacts. It was a very useful talk for the houseful audience and we are happy that we continue to deliver great value to our members.

The event has also been blogged about at:
http://oraclerecruiter.blogspot.com/2008/10/australian-computer-society.html

ACS Workshop on Business Communication skills for IT Professionals

Workshop Focus:

What business/soft skills are essential in today’s workplace?

How do you know if you have these skills – short personal assessment of your soft skills

Nonverbal communication- What is positive and powerful body language and the importance of body language in communicating

Listening -What are good listening skills and how you can improve your listening skills immediately

Questioning techniques – how you can use questioning techniques effectively in the workplace

Telephone skills – what are good telephone skills, how to stay in control on the telephone – includes role play

Leadership – how to develop them and build on them - includes team activity if time allows

Writing - Improve your email communication in the workplace

Additional ways that you can continue to improve and enhance your business communication at Uni or in the workplace

Developing a personal development plan



*Please note this a practical session where participants will complete a short written personality questionnaire and will get involved in a communication skills development activities/role plays on the night. Participants will be more self aware at the end of the session and will leave with an ongoing personal development action plan.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Venue: The Tea House28 Clarendon StreetSouth Melbourne
Date: Thursday 13th November 2008
Time: 6:00PM

Please Register at:
https://www.acs.org.au/vic/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10111336523786

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Actions Speak Louder Than Words


I am a true believer of the saying ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’ and I think the base for any Change starts with Actions. Those Actions need to be based on solid objectives and principles if you want to attract support from others for the cause. However, it’s important to translate Actions into Words as well, so that whoever didn’t see the actual Actions get the message.

Some related inspiring statements follow:

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. ~John Locke

Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. ~Italian Proverb

The shortest answer is doing. ~Lord Herbert

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. ~Alfred Adler

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. ~Frank Tibolt

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. ~Arabian Proverb

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. ~Arnold Glasow

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~Peter Marshall

Never mistake motion for action. ~Ernest Hemingway

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. ~Washington Irving, adapted from a verse in the Bible

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. ~Oscar Wilde

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg. ~Author Unknown

If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas. ~Charles Barkley

Talk doesn't cook rice. ~Chinese Proverb

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. ~Baltasar Gracian

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act. ~G.K. Chesterton
If your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. ~Henry J. Kaiser

Don't find fault. Find a remedy. ~Henry Ford

What ought to have been done, and what shall be done, often stifle doing between them. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. ~Jonatan MÃ¥rtensson

Nature takes away any faculty that is not used. ~William R. Inge

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner. ~Benjamin Franklin

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be a mere rushing on. ~D.H. Lawrence

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~James Baldwin

Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve. ~Tehyi Hsieh

Men expect too much, do too little. ~Allen Tate

When deeds speak, words are nothing. ~African Proverb

The best way out of a problem is through it. ~Author Unknown

I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things. ~William J. Lock

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. ~Lewis Cass

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. ~Calvin Coolidge

The Great Trivia Night

ACS Victorian Young IT events are getting popular day by day. Last week, we had a Young IT in the Pub – Trivia Night, which became a true success and was so much fun. The questions were from a range of areas and they were fairly difficult which made groups really discuss among themselves before answering. I think that was great for networking, so that people talk to each other and get to know each other better. Scott Evans from the Melbourne Mentor group was our special guest and Fiona Teakle ran the Trivia. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported and we need your continuous support to do more amazing things.

Some photos from the night:



Scott Evans with the overall winner of the Trivia, who was the lucky winner of the Myer Gift Voucher!





A group discussion


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Special Event: Oracle Corporation Recruitment Overview



We are pleased to announce that this Special Event will feature a distinguished ICT professional.
Our very special guest, David Talamelli, Principal Recruiter at Oracle Corporation will provide a presentation detailing what its like to work at Oracle, the skills that are in demand and the recruitment process:

Overview of Oracle Corporation Business and Forecast
Overview of Oracle Recruitment Function in APAC focus on Australia Operations
Overview of Jobs at Oracle in Australia
General overview of the IT Recruitment Industry in Australia
Questions and Answers

Oracle's Recruitment Blog is at: http://oraclerecruiter.blogspot.com/.

Speaker Biography: David Talamelli is a Principal Recruiter for Oracle Corporation in the APAC Region and is based in Melbourne, Australia. David is responsible for end to end recruitment for Oracle across Australia and New Zealand with some exposure across other APAC countries. He has been with Oracle in their APAC Recruitment Division for 3 years. David has 10 years IT Recruitment experience with previous roles onsite at Hewlett-Packard and also at GAP IT Consulting.


Limited Spots! Register soon:




Sunday, September 28, 2008

Young IT in the Pub: Special Trivia Night!

We are pleased to announce that this month's YIT in the Pub event will host an exciting Trivia Night!

This event will provide you with a great opportunity to network with Young ICT professionals and talk about the ICT industry and your career. Keep watching this space for details!
As always, this event provides for a great forum to get together with like minded people, peers and fellow students for a drink and have a chat in a relaxed atmosphere. Drinks & Refreshments Provided!

Confirm your Spot at:
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10111336545814

This blog post comes after sometime, mainly because I have been extremely busy with everything I am involved in, but the blog will continue to be a central place for information about our diverse activities for the ICT industry and society at large and also for updates from my own personal life and hopefully a centre of inspiration!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photos from Aug 28 Young IT in the Pub

The Young IT in the Pub in Melbourne on 28th of August was a great successful and well attended forum where we heard from Scott Evans, the guest speaker and also had the opportunity to have conversations with like-minded people from the industry.


Some photos follow:




Dominic Sowinski, David Burela, Dylan Punchihewa and myslef with Remin Daniel, the newly appointed ACS Student ambassador for MIT


People having conversations




Dominic Sowinski introducing the guest speaker, Scott Evans


Scott Evans










Dominic Sowinsk and myself with Sean Gurney, the newly appointed ACS student ambassador for the Monash University.

Young IT Workshop – 3rd September

The next Young IT workshop will discuss about the IT Career Paths. It’s held at the Tea House, 28 Clarendon St., South Melbourne at 6PM. It will teach what you need to do to develop/get promoted and where your IT career might take you in the future. This event is also free and refreshments are provided.

Further details and registrations at:

http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10111336520694

Friday, August 22, 2008

Young IT in the Pub featuring a Special Guest

The event is a great forum to get together with like minded people, peers and fellow students for a drink and have a chat in a relaxed atmosphere. It will also feature Scott Evans as the guest speaker. Scott is the founder of the Melbourne IT Mentor group (http://melbitmentor.googlepages.com) and will be talking on the topic 'Pathways to employment'.

Venue: The Imperial Hotel, Corner of Bourke and Spring Streets, Melbourne
Date: Thursday 28th August, 2008
Time: 6:00pmCost:
FREE - Drinks and Refreshments will be provided

For further information and registrations Click Here

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Amazing Careers Night

We had a very successful ACS event in Melbourne organized by the Young IT group. The unparalleled quality of the night created so much value for the attendees.

Representatives from companies (Hays, IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, NAB and Object Consulting ) explained the things they look for when hiring a potential candidate, opportunities available for students, graduates and young professionals, Graduate Hiring Programs and tips on how candidates can be successful in securing the job they want.

In addition to the above industry leading companies, the participants also had the honour of listening to the chief guest Ian Dennis, Chair ACS Victorian Board. They also had the opportunity of meeting up with Yohan Ramasundara, Director Young IT professionals Board. The company presentations were followed with a panel discussion which allowed the audience to ask questions as well as have a discussion on their concerns. The lively networking event at the end was used by young professionals to clarify their questions and also to build essential relationships with each other as well as representatives of participating leading companies.

The event was a great success with well over 225 people attending in a house full event.

Some photos follow:



The houseful audience




The Chief Guest - Ian Dennis making the Key Note Speech




Yohan Ramasundara Chairing the Panel Discussion




Yasas V Abeywickrama - Thanking the Panel




Yasas V Abeywickrama - Wrap Up

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Young IT in the pub with a Young Speaker!

Venue:
The Imperial HotelCnr Bourke & Spring Streets, Melbourne
Date:
Monday 4th August 2008
Time:
6:00PM

FREE Entry, FREE Drinks, FREE Food!

Details and Registrations at:

http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9010&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10111336545499

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Couple of Ad-hoc Notes

I wrote a blog post on the corporate blog after a long time. If interested, it can be found here.

Also, my profile has been published in an interview style on the ACS ICT Careers Portal here.

The home page of the ACS ICT Careers portal can be found here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

ICT Careers Night in Melbourne

As part of National ICT Careers Week, the Victorian Young IT group of Australian Computer Society in association with some of ACS Professional Partners - Hays, IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, NAB and Object Consulting will host an ICT Careers Night to give students, graduates and young professionals a better understanding of the career options available in ICT.

Come and hear what organisations look for when hiring a potential candidate, hear about the opportunities available for students, graduates and young professionals, get information on Graduate Hiring Programs, get career tips from the experts and find out how you can be successful in securing the job you want.

In addition to the above industry leading companies, the participants will also have the great honour of listening to our chief guest Ian Dennis, Chair ACS Victorian Board. Ian is one of the most respected professionals in the Australian ICT industry and is a vivid supporter of Young IT activities. You will also have the opportunity of listening to and meeting up with our special guest Yohan Ramasundara, Director Young IT professionals Board. Yohan is an inspirational young professional, an all rounder of professional excellence, voluntary work and cricket!

Don't miss this great opportunity!

The event is free for everyone and will be held on 31st of July (Thursday) at the Telstra Theattrete 242 Exhibition Street Melbourne, and will start at 6pm.

For more details and registrations, please visit:
http://www.acs.org.au/vic/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10107645622506

Friday, July 11, 2008

Vicious Cycles….

The other day, I was talking to a taxi driver while on a fairly long tour. The chat started in the usual manner, like ‘How’s your day been so far?’, but the chat didn’t end in the usual way. Once the driver got to know that I do IT related work, he told me about his case, where he got a Bachelors Degree in IT from his home country and then a Management related Masters from Australia but still finding it hard to get a relevant job and driving taxis for a long time. I know that this is not a rare case, but the time he’s spent like this sounded way too long. He is ok for any job related to IT, even though his Masters is in something else. Anyway, I felt sorry for the guy as he pleaded to help him, so I told him that if he sends me the CV, I would see what I can do, at a minimum, I thought I would review his CV to give him some feedback so that he could attract some employers. I gave him my contact and mentioned opportunities where he can meet other people as well, which obviously helps in networking and eventually in employment prospects. He was over the moon, and sounded very enthusiastic and even offered to wait for my return trip after I finish my work at the destination, which he did, making it an extra long chat. He said he is going to send me the CV soon after he finishes his shift, like that very afternoon, the first thing after that shift, basically!

To this date, I have not received it. He didn’t pursue his own plea! This just shows the lack ok persistence and also not using opportunities presented to some people. Such people know that they need help, but don’t know how to get it. At the same time, they understand that they need to break the vicious cycle by trying hard, but don’t do the hard work to break it by trying out different things, they just live in that cycle complaining about various things for their fate. I hope such people be more courageous and persistence in achieving their dreams, so that they don’t limit them to just dreams but make them realities.

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Young IT in the Pub Event with an Entrepreneurial Flavour!

This week, we had yet another successful Young IT in the Pub event with a senior professional participating to further enrich the event. We met other ICT colleagues, which helps to keep our existing network going while further extending it as well by meeting new people. It is always great fun to talk to people to get to know how things are going with them, their career progression, issues, achievements and also to see different perspectives on various things.

Dr Anthony Overmass was our guest senior professional this time, he did a great talk to our Young IT members. Anthony is a unique entrepreneur, thinks and executes things in his own way. I am happy that we were able to have a speaker who thinks out of the box who actually delivered a talk with a difference as well. It was mainly around how he was able to succeed as an ICT businessman outlining the way he managed to keep the innovation going whilst managing the business, risks and opportunities. Everyone enjoyed it, and also appreciated the opportunity they got to talk to such a senior high achiever face to face in a relaxed environment.

Some photos follow:














Sunday, June 29, 2008

ACS Professional Year (PYear) Program

I thought I should blog about the new Professional Year Program that is being offered by the Australian Computer Society. This is a fantastic practical job readiness course, and the only one of its nature.

The background is that, the Australian government has introduced some changes to the student visas and also to permanent resident (PR) visa for those who have studied in Australia under student visas. In this new scheme, one way to earn some additional points (10) is to do the Professional Year Program with the organization that’s been selected by the Immigration Department for their respective professional stream. The Australian Computer Society being the professional society for ICT professionals, the minister has gazzetted ACS as the PYear program provider for ICT students.

Apart from the formal importance of it from a visa and industry standard perspective, I am excited about it due to the course content and the objectives. It’s a job readiness program, something that universities have continued to fail to deliver. Shifting from the university to the work force is something that we need to work on as this shift means jumping over a huge gap for the vast majority.

The PYear Program is delivered between a minimum of 44 weeks and a maximum 12 months and includes the following elements;
Opening Bootcamp
Australian Workplace Culture
Professional and Business Communications Skills
Internship
Professional Element, and
Closing Bootcamp


ACS engages partnering educational institutes as accredited providers to conduct the program. As of now Monash, Swinburne and Brisbane North Institute of TAFE & Internships Australia have come on board as partners.

The course audience is actually a sub set within the Young IT target group, and some of the skills that we try to facilitate through our programs are similar, because one of our main objectives has been to help graduates in a smooth swift to the industry by helping them out with the key skills required.

The program was launched in Melbourne on May 26th and I had the opportunity to speak at the opening bootcamp. I spoke to them about the important role that ACS could play in their careers as well as how they should practically get involved for the benefit of both their own selves and the industry. The second group starts on the 30th of June, and I have been invited again to speak to them on the opening day. I am looking forward to getting them on board on Young IT activities by making them aware of the great things that we do!

If you would like more information please check here and here.

July - An Exciting Month for ACS Young IT - Victoria

I just wanted to share some information about a couple of upcoming Young IT events in Melbourne .


On Wednesday the 2nd of July, we have our next Young IT in the Pub event. We have a special guest participating at this event to enhance the networking opportunity. The guest is Dr Anthony Overmass! He will be also doing a career related interesting talk. Free food and drinks will be provided as usual and for free registrations please visit:
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10107645491078


On Wednesday the 30th of July, a workshop will be organized by Young IT on ‘The Australian Workplace Culture’. For free registrations, please visit:
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10105904162265


On Thursday the 31st of July, the Victorian Young IT will hold our next special event! It’s the ICT Career Night where our partners Accenture, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hays IT and National Australia Bank will participate. We are glad to have these big brands participating at an exiting collaborative night. This event is also free, food and drinks will also be provided. Please register at:
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10107645622506

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Victorian Young IT Schedule for the Remainder of 2008


Note - Additional Events may be organized outside this schedule.

Please click on the picture for a better readable view





Sunday, June 15, 2008

Some Old Random Photos


Marysville, Victoria


Chicago, USA


Lorne, Victoria


Churchill Island, Victoria

Monday, June 9, 2008

Be Above the Line Always!

I heard about ORABED at a recent talk on peak performance and it kind of really sounded so true, I wanted to read further on it.

O - Ownership
R - Responsibility
A - Accountability
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B - Blame
E - Excuse
D - Denial


I thought the below link gives a good overview on it. Read it and learn how to stay above the line always. If you think seriously, you will realise that there are so many people around us who tend to be below the line, but if we can try and spread the word, may be we can try to get them above the line....

http://www.fulcrumagency.com/pdf/Victor%20Victim%20Winner%20Loser.pdf

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Spectacular Adelaide Experience!

I am back in Melbourne after the ACS Young IT International Conference and the Young IT Board meeting which followed after the conference. The time in Adelaide was nothing but spectacular. Conference went so well, and the quality of it was unparallel, I am really proud to be a part of a community that is capable of delivering something of that calibre. The associated fun activities were also great. So many people from around Australia and overseas turned up making it a memorable networking and learning opportunity. I feel so good of going through it and also feel sad about those who couldn’t make to a such a great event. Think and plan better for the next one in Sydney, that’s my advice to all young ICT professionals who couldn’t make themselves available in Adelaide this time round. My blog sure will have information on the next year’s conference as well, stay tuned!

Talking of people I met, I feel proud and happy that I met each one of them. The chats I had with from senior professionals, ACS National Board members including the President himself to students were so amazing and memorable. I enjoyed every minute of it and learnt so much. The crew that went down there from Melbourne was cool too. Thanks guys for making me special on that dinner night! :)

Debbie Timmins was so great as the chair and as I have mentioned previously as well in my blog, she is an inspiration to young professionals. The core organizers including Yohan Ramasundara, Cindy Tong, Seni Murni and Tapan Dave did a marvoulous job. Yohan is always a treat to work with. AJ Kulathunga, the unique young entreprenour from Darwin is an asset to associate with I believe. Keep an eye on his nice blog at http://www.dreambuildinspirelead.com/.

Sorry, I am not mentioning all the names here, but they all were just amazing!

Be assured that we will be putting an even better show in Syndey next year, and be sure to be a part of the learning and fun!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Workshop - Behavioral Interviewing & Mock Interviews - 4th June

Workshop on Behavioral Interviewing & Mock Interviews

Workshop Focus:
The psychological principles behind behavioural questions
Understanding the star principle
Rating/weighting of behavioural answers
Mock Interviews (in small group sessions depending on numbers) & personal interview feedback

Please note this a practical session so please come prepared to take part in a short mock interview - bring your resume, portfolio or any documents you would normally take to an interview to ensure you get the most out of the session.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Venue:
The Tea House28 Clarendon StreetSouth Melbourne VIC 3205
Date:
Wednesday 4th June 2008
Time:
6:00PM

Registrations and more details :

http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10105904161801

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2008 International ACS Young ICT Professionals Conference. Don't miss out!







The 2008 International Young ICT Professionals Conference is around the corner and we would like to invite you to attend the conference, meet and hear from high caliber speakers, such as Jonar Nader (Futurist), Norbert Haehnel (Microsoft), Alan Noble (Google) and more.



This conference is the only annual event in Australia exclusively developed for young ICT professionals, recent graduates and students. By attending, you will gain valuable insights into the current state of the ICT industry, essential business skills, build relationship with industry leaders and develop critical skills for a successful ICT career.



We welcome the Department of Defence, as the conference dinner sponsor. An impressive list of sponsors have come onboard, reinforcing the high reputation the ACS Young ICT Professionals Conference now has in the marketplace. Our sponsors include Microsoft, Government of South Australia, Google and many more. The event is endorsed by the Government Information Management Office.



At the conference, you will have the opportunity to apply for the ACS Computer Professional Education Program scholarship valued at $2700 each for two conference delegates. The Program is a post-graduate, workplace-oriented online course of study. It helps you bridge the gap between university studies and the workplace, and will enable you to acquire the skills you need for your next career move before you get there. Students are required to complete three core and one elective unit, usually part-time over two years. And what's more, the units you complete can be credited towards a number of leading MBA programs! To find out more about the Computer Professional Education Program visit www.acs.org.au/cpep. Every ACS member who attends the two days of the conference and is MACS Provisional or MACS is eligible to apply to win one of two scholarships.












How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss - Jonar Nader, Futurist, Chairman of Logictivity

Microsoft's 10 year Crystal Ball -Norbert Haehnel, Microsoft Australia/NZ

The World According to Google - Alan Noble, Google Australia and New Zealand


The conference is heavily subsidised by the ACS to help young ICT professionals to kick start their career and to develop future leaders. Don't miss out, register today!
We look forward to meeting you in Adelaide !

Friday, May 2, 2008

A Podcast by Prabath Siriwardene

In this podcast Prabath Siriwardene talks to Oxygen Tank on the OpenID integration of WSO2 Identity Solution. The integration enhances the WSO2 Identity Solution to cater to a wider audience for Web based authentication. OpenID is a key feature in decentralizing single sign-on, much favored by many users.


Prabath Siriwardene is a member of the WSO2 Identity Solution team and is currently working on integrating OpenID support. We used to work at the same company sometime back and are good friends to this date. He is one of the best techies I’ve ever seen in my career (this is not an exaggeration, I really mean it) and a very hard worker (I've seen how he works at office and also know how he managed to get to where he is now), an inspiration to all IT professionals.


Podcast: OpenId integration of WSO2 Identity Solution

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

YIT Special Event Featuring Kumar Parakala

Last night, we had a great event! The hard work put in by the Vic YIT Committee paid back with over 100 people turning up for the event! Kumar Parakala spoke about “How to Develop and Stay on Top in a Field that's Constantly Evolving" from his perspective.

I thought Kumar's talk was exceptional and had some honest advice and different opinions on how to be on top. It definitely was not the usual career guidance you would hear. We are extremely pleased to be able to create such an opportunity for Young IT professionals.

I want to sincerely thank my team of YIT, who did a great job in organizing and promoting this event. Passing that mark of 100 is a great achievement on its own. As Kumar himself said in his talk, it was the team effort and not mine!

Some photos from the event:




Yasas V. Abeywickrama - Introduction



Kumar Parakala - Presentation



Amrit Singh (Victorian YIT Committee), Ian Dennis (ACS Victorian Chairman), Kumar Parakala (ACS National President), Yasas V Abeywickrama (ACS Victorian Board/National Young IT Board) and Fiona Teakle (Victorian YIT Committee)



Amrit Singh, Fiona Teakle, Ian Dennis and Yasas V Abeywickrama

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Photos - ACS YIT SIG April 8

Photos - YIT SIG April 8 on "Stand out from the crowd with your resume and cover letter".


Jill Noble of Pivotal HR doing her presentation


Yasas V Abeywickrama, Amrit Singh, Jill Noble (Presenter from Pivotal HR) , David Burela, Fiona Teakle and Joy Liang (ACS Victoria Business Development Manager)



Participant Registrations


Don't miss the next one! Its a very special one! Here is the link for the free registration:
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10102199199888

Send Gifts to Sri Lanka

I am pleased to introduce to you the online store egiftsender.com where you can send gifts to your loved ones in Sri Lanka. The payments are handled realtime and all major credit cards are accepted. Please check it out and give them your feedback and don't forget to spread the word to Sri Lankans abroad.

This site is launched by one of my oldest friends from Sri Lanka, Nafraz Razeen, we used to play street cricket together about 15 years ago! As we both left the neighbourhood in the same period of time, we kind of lost contacts for long periods of time, but remembered to look up for each other occasionally whenever we got a chance. I wish him all the best with his new endeavour!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Invitation : Kumar Parakala, KPMG Global COO's (IT Advisory) Presentation

Young IT group of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is organizing a special event where KPMG Global COO (IT Advisory practice) Kumar Parakala will be talking to all ICT professionals on “How to Develop and Stay on Top in a Field that's Constantly Evolving”. Kumar is also the ACS National President.

Venue: Telstra Theatrette 242 Exhibition Street , Melbourne
Date: Tuesday 22nd April 2008
Time: 5:30PM for a 6.00pm start
Entry: FREE
Registration :
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10102199199888

At this event, Kumar is going to talk about:

- How he continued to learn and to develop his career?
- How past trends in the ICT industry affected his career?
- How he perceives the future of ICT to affect his industry/career?
- ACS and how it benefited him personally?
- The role of ACS in the future for the ICT industry and ICT professionals

This is an event not to be missed! Please register yourself free to avoid disappointments soon.

After organizing its first major special event for the year where IBM Global CIO spoke to ICT professionals at a hugely successful event, ACS Young IT is delighted to be able to have this second major event, which is a great opportunity for all ICT professionals. Young IT runs many events in Melbourne all year around, which includes regular Young IT in the Pubs, Young IT SIGs and other special events.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Grad Recruitments

Accenture is currently accepting applications from graduates for a recruitment drive.

If interested, please find the link below:

http://careers3.accenture.com/Careers/Australia/Graduates_Accenture.htm

I am also going to be involved in interviewing the candidates, starting from mid April for a continuous seven months.....that should be interesting and exciting! Yes, I am looking forward to it....

Saturday, April 5, 2008

An Opportunity for someone with good XML Skills

We have an opportunity for someone who knows XML well from one of ACS Partnering companies (PPP).

It could be a few possibilities such as Employment if they are good or form a XBRL (eXtensive Business Reporting Language, XML like) Special Interest Group. At this stage requirement is not specific, however, this could open up a huge opportunity for a good XML candidate and I am keen to open this up for an ACS Victorian member.

Please get in touch with myself if you want a brief clarification on 0431682909.

Monday, March 24, 2008

A Thought for Life

"when I met Nelson Mandela and there's this weird thing that washes over you of how small you are. But at the same time, how big you could be." --Will Smith (from the "Oprah" show)

We meet very successful, visionary, highly achieved people day in day out. It could be daunting if you compare yourself to them and get worried. Rather, we should take that as an example, set a new standard for ourselves. In no way does this mean that there needs a competition, no, no way. Its about making yourself a success by getting into the right direction for your own satisfaction. Its not a fight, its not a competition, but for your own self, what do you want to achieve for self satisfaction? The answer to that question should drive you. The important and really satisfying things are what you do, achieve and create by your own self and not what fall onto your lap from others!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

ACS 2008 International Young ICT Professionals Conference





Are you a young professional, recent graduate or student? Do you want to learn, develop and lead your career in ICT?
Now in its fifth year, this conference will provide you with the techniques, skills and confidence to advance your career. You'll have the opportunity to mix with fellow participants, speakers and potential future employers. You will gain valuable insights into the current state of the ICT industry, future directions, trends, essential business skills and the art of networking.



SEATS ARE LIMITED, SO GET YOUR REGISTRATION IN EARLY!Early bird ends 18 April 2008


Hear from a first class line-up of speakers:


How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss
Jonar Nader, Futurist, Chairman of Logictivity

Project Managing Your Career
Rob Thomsett, Thomsett International

Microsoft's 10 year Crystal Ball
Norbert Haehnel, Microsoft Australia/NZ

The World According to Google
Alan Noble, Google Australia and New Zealand



Visit http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/2008conference for more details.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is something I really enjoy, it’s about giving something back to the community and also learning from others through the interaction. I never focused on it, apart from ad hoc involvements here and there, but now, I am determined to be more active on that front.

I am happy to talk to small groups on career related matters, issues, career development, IT industry, fitting into different work forces/cultures, international work experiences, selecting IT as a career, fitting into work force for new graduates etc. Depending on your audience and occasion, we can discuss and tailor the contents.

Please get in touch with me via : vishuabey@yahoo.com

Additionally, with my new role with ACS Young IT, I am happy to talk on behalf of ACS for relevant audiences as well. Involvements in this area are already coming at me, as it is actually a part of the role.

For ACS specific enquires, please get in touch with me via: Yasas@acsmal.net.au

Thursday, March 6, 2008

YIT in the Pub

Join us for the first YIT in the Pub event for 2008. The newly appointed YIT Committee will be on-site to talk about what exciting things they have in store for the year ahead and how you can get involved!

YIT in the Pub is a wonderful opportunity to connect with students, colleagues and other ACS members at an informal networking event. Get together with like minded people for a drink and have a chat in a relaxed atmosphere.


Entry, Drinks & Refreshments FREE!


Venue:
Imperial Hotel Corner of Bourke & Spring Streets Melbourne
Date:
Thursday 13th March 2008
Time:
6:00PM


Appreciate if you could register to make our preparation easier:

http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10099992207542



Entry, Drinks & Refreshments FREE!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

2008 RMIT Careers Expo

ACS Victoria Young IT team organised a stall at the 2008 RMIT Careers Expo, which was a great success and students & recent graduates showed a keen interest to hear about things we do and the benefits ACS could provide to them.

YIT Team is looking forward to work closely with the new members who joined us at this event in the near future and help them in their careers.




Alvin Yeap, Amrit Singh, Yasas V. Abeywickrama



Me talking to attendees to educate them about things we do.



Amrit with attendees.



Yasas V. Abeywickrama and Amrit Singh

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Chicago


A nice spot in the middle of the Chicago City



Ice Skating near the Millennium Park


A view from the top of the Sears Towers, which is one of the world's tallest buildings.


Snow everywhere


A winter pic of the Chicago City