We may be a little biased, but we think IGNITE Alliance is home to some truly extraordinary people and we love seeing them do great stuff in the community. The latest of these achievements comes from our Martech Manager, Jamie Sy, who has just been accepted on the University of Newcastle's (UoN) External Advisory Group (EAG) of the Discipline of Computing and Information Technology (try saying that 5 times fast).
Jamie's position on the EAG is a testament to her professional growth and recognition within the community. As part of this role, she will work with other industry professionals, academics, and community members to continuously improve the UoN's computer and IT related courses. This consultative forum will be a great opportunity for her to share her intimate knowledge of industry tools and trends with a group of other experts to help shape the curriculum of courses in this rapidly changing sector.
One of the greatest problems educational institutions face is keeping up with current knowledge in a space where new discoveries and updates to systems occur almost daily. It has been said that a degree in IT is effectively a degree in Computer History because by the time you have completed your 3-4 years of study most of what you've learnt has already been superseded by advancements in technology. Jamie is all too familiar with this, having completed her Bachelor of Business and Information Technology in 2017. She hopes that, as part of being on the EAG, that she can help buck this trend and shape education which is current and relevant for students while also keeping them aware of the implications of working in an industry which is exponentially advancing its technologies.
"I'm driven by purpose and impact," Jamie explained, "I want to help people reach their goals, and I get excited about having a positive impact on the world!"
This mantra is one of her driving forces behind becoming Chapter Leader of Singularity U's Newcastle Chapter as well, where she has helped organise events and build awareness for the organisation. Singularity U believes that humanity faces 12 Global Grand Challenges which can be solved through empowerment of the global community. Of these 12, Jamie has 4 which she wants to focus on:
- Access to ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times
- Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.
- Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfilment and benefit to society.
- Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfilment where all people are free from poverty and able to thrive.
Jamie is doing so much fantastic work; she has an inspiring attitude to life which influences the way she approaches challenges both on a personal level and professionally. We love that we have the opportunity at Ignite Alliance to support her as she grows her career. She’s already having such a positive impact on the world and a total pleasure to work with.
Thanks to the University of Newcastle for also recognising Jamie, we look forward to contributing to the incredible impact that the Bachelor of IT degree will continue to have for future students and on the dynamic and always exponentially advancing world that we live in.