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The Show Must Go On!

Tuesday May 5, 2020

Working/studying from home with the demands of family life can be a juggle and we are proud of our students. With the new terrain comes the new tech skills, enhanced problem-solving skills, leveling up of communication skills and team collaboration.

"We have had the opportunity to try out different online tools, Trello/Microsoft Teams/Zoom and this is a bonus. The Lecturers have been really supportive and available. Being able to share screens is a huge advantage without this I am not sure how it would work. In saying this, I am looking forward to a time when we can meet in person" SHIFT Student

Whilst learning remotely we had continued to have strong industry support for the SHIFT programme and a number of organisations have pivoted in-person workshops and talks, to online versions for us.

Agile training with Kay Johnson from Assurity Consulting:

"It was very useful and we are able to carry out plans like how Kay taught us" SHIFT Student
"I really enjoyed Kay's session and I am so grateful that she was willing to do it online. I can imagine it's even better when she runs the one day workshop in person"
The wonderful Assurity team delivering Agile training online.

Martyn Rivett's talk, Living at the pointy end: reflections on navigating a career in uncertain circumstances:

"Very interesting, I would really like to read the report he has written and I have ordered a couple of his recommended books. I thought the material he provided after the course was very helpful"
Martyn Rivett, Strategic Technology and Business Development Advisor & Programme Director — Image by: Lenore Wright

Design Thinking Workshop with Mick Abbott of Lincoln University:

“This was my favourite part of the course so far! I have read all Mick's recommended reading and am very excited that the tools he outlined are available to us to implement when working with end users and designing new concepts. I am keen to adopt the "Human Centered Design Approach" in my future work”

Intro to LinkedIn Session with Lenore Wright of SIGNAL:

"It has given me the 'push' that I need to get it set up. As soon as the assignment is completed it's my next project"

Industry guest speaker, Lee Stevens from Brighter Days:

"Another take on the Christchurch technology scene is always very useful, especially as he was a mentor of a former Shift student"
Lee Stevens, Business owner & Consultant from Brighter Days. — Image by: Lenore Wright

"I am familiar with his products and enjoyed his talk. It was reassuring to see a company thriving in the current circumstances"

The Christchurch SHIFT Cohort are working hard and stepping out of comfort zones and getting on with it in the current climate.

If you or someone you know is keen to add tech to their existing degree, or make a change in career direction, get in touch with us at or call 0800 99 00 24 for a chat. Or feel free to join us at our next Tech Careers online session. 

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