Shift FAQ

What is SHIFT?

Who can SHIFT?

What are my career options?

How is SHIFT delivered?

Where is SHIFT offered?

When does SHIFT start?

What makes SHIFT different?

What qualification will I receive?

How much does it cost?

Are there scholarships available?

What background skills or experience do I need?

What skills do we learn?

How do I enrol?

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What is SHIFT?

SHIFT recognises the value of your existing degree and experience, and adds current tech skills to boost your employment options.     

Developed in conjunction with the tech industry, SHIFT is an immersive and innovative programme for those who are seeking a new career path, but who may not have a tech background. Or, if you already have a tech background but may be a little rusty, your career will benefit from upskilling and the strong industry connections that SHIFT offers right from day one.  

 

Who can SHIFT?

SHIFT is open to degree holders in any discipline,  whether you are a new graduate, have been working for a number of years, or are returning to work after a break, such as overseas travel or having a family.
Current SHIFTers have various backgrounds, from philosophy, sociology and marketing to graphic design, engineering and science. 

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The studio projects in SHIFT involve working with real clients on real projects. Here the Dunedin cohort are working on an app for Lilliput Libraries.

 

What are my career options?

With tech roles existing in nearly every area, career possibilities are extensive. Many sectors highly value tech staff that also have embedded knowledge such as tech roles in the health sector value staff with clinical backgrounds. 

SHIFTers can focus on software development skills or can choose one of the allied roles such as business analyst, web developer, project manager, user experience designer, technical writer, innovation managers, product tester, client liaison... and the list goes on.  

The tech sector can offer roles with flexible hours and work locations – making this an exciting and viable option for those with families. Diversity is welcomed and, in the current Christchurch SHIFT cohort, 80 percent of SHIFTers are female, including some with young families.

SHIFT is also well suited to new graduates from any discipline who may be looking for that X factor to boost their employability. 

Tech sector roles are generally well paid.  SEEK NZ published up to date salary info in August 2017, read more here.

 

How is SHIFT delivered?

Based on extensive feedback from employers, we use industry-inspired team projects along with workshops, seminars and mentoring to complement your current skills with tech specific skills. You will learn more about industry expectations, innovation, communication and teamwork, along with the technical skills appropriate for the career you wish to pursue.

SHIFT is delivered by SIGNAL ICT Grad School, and draws upon the resources of our five partner institutions (University of Canterbury, University of Otago, Lincoln University, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Otago Polytechnic) and our industry partners.   

With a mix of studio-based collaborative learning and real-life industry projects in conjunction with our industry partners, Shift ensures you are well equipped to work within the tech area, where the skills you have learnt in previous work and study are highly valued.  

 

Where is SHIFT offered?

SHIFT is offered at both the Christchurch and Dunedin SIGNAL studios, which are newly-created learning spaces right in the heart of the Innovation Precinct of each city. This allows easy access to many tech firms within walking distance to ensure your learning is embedded within industry.  

 

When does SHIFT start?

SHIFT is a two semester programme commencing February 2019 in Christchurch and Dunedin, and also in July 2019 in Christchurch. Some SHIFTers may also choose to complete the seven week Jumpstart programme to ensure they have a solid base of introductory tech skills before starting SHIFT. This is assessed on an individual basis - talk to us for more details.

 

What makes SHIFT different?

SIGNAL ICT Grad School is an innovative training facilitator, which sits between our five partner institutions and the NZ tech industry, to offer current responsive tech education. Aimed at those wishing to enter the industry and for those who are already working within the fast moving tech sector.  Developed after extensive consultation with industry, and with flexibility to cater for both learner and industry requirements, the SHIFT programme produces graduates ready to step straight into a tech role, as your skills are already proven via the industry projects. 

SHIFT uses immersive studio-based learning and real-world industry experience to produce graduates with a solid base of core computing skills, as well as the people and team skills required in today's collaborative workplaces.

The current Dunedin cohort, which started in February, are now working within local industry on a variety of projects such as assessing aerial drone footage of coastal erosion, web and app development and adding features to an online educational platform.

These projects are tailored to complement your preferred specialist tech area and enhance your employability.

 

What qualification will I receive?

Depending where you complete your SHIFT programme, you will be awarded either a Diploma for Graduates or a Graduate Diploma. 
In Dunedin you will receive a Diploma for Graduates from the University of Otago, focused on tech skills. In Christchurch you will receive a Graduate Diploma in ICT from Ara Institute of Canterbury. 

 

How much does it cost?

Domestic fees range from approx. $6500 - $8500, depending upon which special interest topics you choose to study. International fees are subject to change, so please contact us for more information.
SHIFT is eligible for StudyLink support, please contact them directly to assess your eligibility. 

 

Are there scholarships available?

There are a limited number of partial scholarships, worth $2500, available each year. Apply here.

 

What background skills or experience do I need?

If you currently hold a degree, in any discipline, your previous years of study and life experience will be of value. Depending on your previous experience or exposure to tech, we may recommend some preparatory courses such as Jumpstart, which runs prior to the start of SHIFT.

 

What skills do we learn?

SHIFT will teach you basic tech skills, such as basic programming, web development and database knowledge. You will also learn about the software development process, human-computer interaction combined with user experience as well as teamwork and communication skills. You can then choose specialist subjects to further develop the skills required for your chosen area.  These skills will allow you to work effectively with software developers and hardware specialists within a wide range of roles in the tech industry.

 

How do I enrol?

Contact us for more information on enrolment, and get ready to SHIFT into your exciting new career!