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In search of a more relaxing way of life, Yimian Wang made his move from China, away from his hometown of 8 million people.
After completing his high schooling in Sydney, Yimian sought picturesque landscapes, fresh air and a laidback lifestyle, and decided Canberra was the right choice for him.
Now a first year international student at the University of Canberra (UC), let’s learn more about Yimian’s interstate move, the appeal of UC, and his plans for the future.
Australia’s reputation for high-class education is internationally renowned, nurturing highly employable and work-ready graduates. When Yimian was considering his future, he saw Australia as the perfect place to set himself up for success.
“Australia’s graduates are highly regarded in other countries, which makes them more competitive when applying for jobs. This advantage has drawn me to Australia for studies,” Yimian says.
After two years in Sydney, Yimian graduated from high school and set his sights on Canberra to complete a Bachelor of Information Technology (IT).
Canberra was a desirable location for Yimian. The city’s quieter way of life, slower pace and affordability compared to Sydney were the main drawcards, so the decision to move was an easy one.
“It’s a peaceful city that makes me focus on my studies and develop additional skills,” he reveals.
The process of moving interstate was straightforward. After accepting UC’s unconditional offer, Yimian was successful in his application for on-campus accommodation. He then packed up his luggage, hopped on a coach, and arrived in Canberra only three and a half hours later.
Yimian’s purpose for completing his education in Australia is to secure employment and pursue a successful career in information technology. For him, the UC course will allow him to tick all those boxes.
“UC’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program is useful when it comes to employment,” he says. “The WIL experience has been meaningful because I have been able to combine the theories I learn into practical demonstrations, which is what employers are looking for.”
As the field of information technology grows and evolves, the demand for professionals in this field grows with it, and Yimian knew he would be in the perfect position to enter the industry with his UC qualifications and experience.
Plus, Yimian’s fascination with all areas of IT meant UC’s course flexibility and ability to specialise in unique electives was the perfect fit.
At UC, you can study your way, so opportunities to study online, engage in hybrid learning, and tailor your course to expand your knowledge base has been an incredible benefit to Yimian.
“I am interested in a range of IT-related areas, such as how a webpage works, how facial recognition works, and how developers make video games,” he says.
In exploring a range of areas within the IT industry, Yimian has been able to pursue various interests, developing his potential pathways for the future.
With another two years ahead of his undergraduate degree, Yimian is looking forward to continuing his studies at UC and his life in Canberra. His second year of study will allow him to choose electives like biology, and further hone his practical skills through WIL placements and work experiences.
And, Yimian has no plans of slowing down.
While IT is his current focus, Yimian reveals his curiosity in an entirely different field.
“I do not want to limit myself in the IT industry, because biology is also something that interests me. I might choose to study dentistry!”
Fortunately, with his studies at UC, Yimian is able to pursue these interests, adding biology to his electives, and exploring a whole new school of thought.
From IT to health, UC is here to help you pursue your passion. Chat to the international team about courses available now!
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