Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Videos from Young People about.....

Yohan Ramasundara explaining why you should attend:



AJ Kulatunga's views:





Not many days left! Just 2 weeks to go!! If you have been postponing registering till the last minute, now is your time! Grab the opportunity at:http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/2009conference/


See you there!

Monday, August 3, 2009

ACS Young IT YIT International Conferene in Sydney - Fiona Balfour Video



Early Bird Rates have been extended till 7th of August. Register today at:
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/2009conference/

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Get In Early

Follow us at: http://twitter.com/ACSYoungIT

Conference Early Bird rates end on 31 July, Hurry up! Register TODAY!
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/2009conference/

Special Careers Night Event!

Venue:
Cliftons
Level 2
440 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

Date:
Wednesday 29th July 2009
Time:
5:30PM for a 6.00PM start


Register at:

http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/index.cfm?action=load&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10139822998810

ICT is your Passport to the Future

“What’s involved in a Career in ICT and Why Choose ICT”



Join us for this informative thought provoking forum with Young ICT Professionals sharing their career journeys so far, their future goals and their lifestyles.


ICT offers incredible job opportunities in virtually every industry in today's society. From fashion to finance, art to architecture, medicine to music and geo-spatial to games – every industry needs ICT professionals.



Do you connect with any of the following?



Having a truly exciting career that can take you around the world
Having a challenging job - earning great money with a great lifestyle.
Working with people who solve people’s problems
ICT is becoming a larger and more integral part of our daily lives
Over 500,000 people are already working in Australia’s ICT industry and excellent career opportunities will continue to grow as ICT is vital to people, communities, businesses and governments.



This is an networking forum allowing you to mingle with ICT industry representatives and your peers, to ask questions and to find out more about this exciting and rewarding industry.





PRESENTERS:



Charlene Clark - IT Services Customer Manager - QR

Kaitlyn Wright - Consultant Services Delivery - Technology One

Morgan Jaffit - Head of The Impossible Changing Brain Foundation - Games Developer

Nick Gray - Application Architect - Dept. Environment & Resource Management




FACILITATOR:

Sandra Rodman Director Extollo Pty.Ltd.


Venue:
The Irish Club Level 1, 175 Elizabeth Street Brisbane
Date:
Wednesday 29th July 2009
Time:
5:00PM

Register at:
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/index.cfm?action=load&area=9004&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10140860919433

ACS Young IT Mock Interviews

The Australian Computer Society - Young IT is giving Young Territorians a chance to attend a free seminar in which you can participate in a real-life mock interview, plus get advice on interview techniques from successful professionals.

Our Speakers include:

Adam Gollow - RossJuliaRoss
Chris Hosking - Director NTG Data Services Centre
Kate Kendel - Mosaic Financial Solutions
AJ Kulatunga - Dream, Build, Inspire, Lead!
You will learn:

Tips and Tricks on how to perform well in interviews
How to dress for success
Resume writing skills.
Cost is Free. Registrations are essential!

Contact Trent Schafer on 894175 25 or email tschafer@acsmail.net.au



Venue:
Charles Darwin University, Room Blue 1.1.10
Date:
Wednesday 29th July 2009
Time:
9:00AM - 12:00 NOON

Sunday, June 21, 2009

2009 Young Professional of the Year

I am in the process of digesting this news and coming to believe myself that I have won this....well it is true and it is quite touching...It is the news that I have won the 2009 Young Professional of the Year Award!!

Professions Australia has awarded both "Professional of the Year" and "Young Professional of the Year" to ACS Members this year and it is a great win for the ICT industry among all the industries. Professions Australia represents many industries and I believe the competition was very high. So, whilst it's a personal win for me, it's a win for the ACS as well as the ICT industry.

The joint press release from Professions Australia and ACS can be found at
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=notice&temID=noticedetails&notID=973
or
http://www.professions.com.au/files/Media_Release_Professional_of_the_Year_Awards_0609.doc



I think this is the first time that the ICT industry won the Professional of the Year Award, which was won by Phillip Argy this year. Phillip is the immediate Past President of the ACS. However, the ACS has had quite a good run in the past in the Young Professional of the Year Award category. In 2005 Debbie Timmins won the award, in 2006 Ana Govan won it and in 2007 Yohan Ramasundara was highly commended. I must say that I am glad to be recognised at the level that these individuals were recognised because I considered them as role models and was inspired by them to do what I am doing today.

The Awards over the years can be found at : http://www.professions.com.au/award.html

Anyway, this award has further encouraged me to do more things for the industry, always thinking outside the box and believing in myself.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

International Young ICT Professionals Conference

The 6th annual International Young ICT Professionals Conference will be held on the 3rd and 4th of September, 2009 at the Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney Australia. This year's theme is “Future of ICT - Lead, Transform, and Succeed“. The conference will combine a trade show and draw top ICT Professionals and Graduates in addition to international guests.

Key note speakers include Fiona Balfour (former CIO of Qantas and Telstra) and Graeme Wood (Founder of Wotif). The program will provide young professionals, recent graduates and university students around the world with the techniques, skills and confidence to advance their career in Information Communications Technology (ICT). A Panel Discussion is included as part of the 2 day program.

Other speakers include:
Dr Paul Scully-Power (Australia's first astronaut)
Glenn Wightwick (Director, IBM Australian Development Lab)
Neville Roach (Former Chairman Fujitsu Australia)
Varun Kapur (General Manager (ANZ) - Tata Consultancy Service)
Bianca Wirth (Green IT advocate)
Chris Johnson (Australian National University)
Sarma Rajaraman (CIO, Genworth Financial)
Debbie Timmins (Young Professional of the Year 2005)
Yohan Ramasundara (Immediate Past Director, Young IT Professionals Board)
Jill Noble (Principal, Pivotal HR)
Mark Lloyd (A National ICT Identity and Thought Leader)
Tom Worthington (Author of the book 'Net Traveller')
Julie Irwin (A Winner of IT's Million $ Babes Award).
Stephen Kowal (CIO, CSC Australia)

Inspirational presentations from a world-class selection of speakers provide an invaluable opportunity that should not be missed by young professionals all around the world! The conference incorporates opportunities to network with fellow participants, speakers, sponsors CIO’s, colleagues and potential future employers.

To register, please go to the Conference website at: http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/2009conference/

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Conference is online!

http://www.acs. org.au/youngit/ 2009conference/


It's with great pleasure and excitement that I invite you to participate in the 6th annual International Young ICT Professionals Conference. To be held on the 3rd and 4th of September, 2009 at the Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney .

This year's theme is Lead, Transform, and Succeed. The conference will combine a trade show and draw Australia 's top ICT Professionals and Graduates in addition to international guests.

Key note speakers include Fiona Balfour - former CIO of Qantas and Telstra and Graeme Wood - Founder of Wotif among many other exciting speakers. The program will provide young professionals, recent graduates and university students around the world with the techniques, skills and confidence to advance their career in Information Communications Technology (ICT). The Conference program also has a panel discussion forum.

Dr Paul Scully-Power ( Australia ’s first astronaut), Glenn Wightwick (Director, IBM Australian Development Lab), Neville Roach (Former Chairman Fujitsu Australia , an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) are also among the speakers. We also have a good representation of women speakers: Fiona Balfour, Bianca Wirth (Green IT advocate), Fiona Seaton (Sales Director, SEEK Learning), Debbie Timmins (Young Professional of the Year 2005), Jill Noble (Principal, Pivotal HR) and Julie Irwin (A Winner of IT's Million $ Babes Award).

Don't miss this invaluable opportunity to gain insights into the ICT industry; learn about emerging technologies; develop your skills in management, leadership, time management and more; find out what's involved in working overseas or starting your own business; and be inspired by a first-class selection of speakers. There's also time to network with fellow participants, speakers, sponsors, CIOs and potential future employers.

To register, please go to the Conference website at: http://www.acs. org.au/youngit/ 2009conference/

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Couple of Young IT Events

ACS YOUNG IT - IT in the PUB at USQ ClUB - Toowoomba
Wednesday 13 May, 5:00 PM TOOWOOMBA
Register at:
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/index.cfm?action=load&area=9004&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10134766529705


USER GROUPS NETWORKING EVENT - YOUNG IT
Wednesday 29 Apr, 5:30 PM BRISBANE, Queensland
Register at:
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/index.cfm?action=load&area=9004&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10134225598894


Young IT in the Pub featuring a Special Guest!
Thursday 30 Apr, 6:00 PMMELBOURNE, Victoria
Register at:
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/index.cfm?action=load&area=9003&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10129887788555


YOUR CAREER IN THE ICT INDUSTRY - Young IT
Thursday 14 May, 5:30 PMST LUCIA
Register at:
http://www.acs.org.au/youngit/index.cfm?action=load&area=9004&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10134766575943

Sunday, March 22, 2009

KL

I was in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in the first week of March for official purposes and I must say I enjoyed it so much. KL is such a modern city and for an Asian country, its a big achievement. I had the chance to walk around in the streets of KL and also experience the food and culture. After KL, I also visited Colombo for a couple of days.

Some photos from the trip:



A nice side view of the Petronas from the Luna Bar




KL City Centre Shopping Centre




Petronas at Night




The view from my hotel room in Putrajaya



Laksa!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

2009 International Young ICT Professionals Conference

Venue:
Dockside Convention Centre , Sydney


Register and secure your seat at:
http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&area=9010&temID=eventdetails&eveID=10127985911057

Mentoring Work Continues...

It's been awhile since started to provide career counselling and mentoring services on a voluntary basis. I have put this offer forward in a couple of forums and also my profile in most websites carry the fact. So, I get requests every now and then. Sometimes its a lot to handle, but I respond to and work with those who want my help amidst time pressures. I'll continue this work this year as well. On the same lines, I have been included as an online mentor by the ITpro website. Visitors to this site are mostly Sri Lankan and its considered the source website for SL IT and BPO industry. http://www.itpro.lk/?q=node/337. It's a pleasure to be on it and continue to do what I love in that space.

Sunday, January 25, 2009