Lopeti Tupou – Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS)
Lopeti Tupou is originally from Tonga. Lopeti studied Bachelor of Information Technology at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) and graduated in 2016. Currently Lopeti is working as an I.T. Engineer at Mytech NZ where they provide I.T. solutions to a large base of customers in New Zealand.
We had the opportunity to talk to Lopeti and his family when they popped into AIS recently. Lopeti and his wife both studied at AIS and have shared their experiences with AIS Alumni and potential students.
How did you get your job in New Zealand?
I started as an intern for Mytech New Zealand for three months. I worked very hard during that time and always went the extra mile to complete a job, whether it was early in the morning or late at night. And all that hard work paid off, when I was offered full-time employment with the company.
What do you think about the Information Technology industry in New Zealand?
In New Zealand, it can be a bit hard when you first try to step into the I.T. industry. Therefore, it is important to realise this and gain practical local experience while you study. Experience gained from an internship, industry placement and volunteering are all good to build your network and help you find your first job. However, there are many opportunities later in I.T. and it is always in the long-term shortage skill list.
How did you gain Resident Visa of New Zealand?
I applied for Resident Visa under Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). I lodged my resident application in New Zealand when I had full-time employment as I.T. Engineer for Mytech NZ and it was approved after only two-three months.
Information Technology is in the skills shortage list in New Zealand so once you find a relevant job in the industry, you can earn enough points for resident visa. New Zealand welcomes skilled migrants especially in the Information Technology sector.
What do you think about the study experience at AIS?
The qualification I gained from AIS as well as all the advice I received from the lecturers was precious. They showed us how the real world worked and directed us to the right focus. I learnt how to do networking and got the confidence to introduce myself to potential employers in the I.T. industry.
Can you share a quote with potential students at AIS?
There is a quote that I carry everywhere I go and I am more than happy to share it with you: “In everything you do, do it to glorify God.” It helped me a lot and I am sure it will help you too.
BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) prepares students to become IT professionals with a breadth of knowledge across a range of IT sub-disciplines, and a depth of understanding in a specialisation, allowing them to lead and become strong participants in IT team projects. The BIT comprises 23 courses, including compulsory and elective courses from: Computer Networks, Information Systems and Software Development.
Start Dates in 2018