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

Los Angeles


In front of LA Chinese Theatre where Will Smith has recently joined hundreds of other celebrities to sign their names.



Walk of Fame



Hollywood sign



In front of the Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards ceremony is held.



Scarlett Johansson's home in Hollywood just one of the many celebrity homes in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Around the World in 14 Days!

I am back in Australia now after an around the world trip of 14 days.

Yes, it truly was around the world. I started from Melbourne and first went to Los Angeles over the pacific ocean. I traveled around LA, covered Hollywood and Beverly Hills, then headed off to Chicago, where I stayed for a week on a company training. Mahasen came to see me there, and we went all around the Chicago city. From Chicago, I came to Frankfurt, Germany over the Atlantic Ocean and then to Bangkok, finally ending up in Colombo, Sr Lanka, my home country. The purpose of the visit there was to see my parents. I met few close relatives and friends too, but missed most, please bare with me about that, I had just a few days. From Colombo, I came back to Melbourne via Bangkok.

It was a good trip, best thing was being able to see my family back home.