UNI NOT THE ONLY WAY

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PO­LICE OF­FI­CER

HER OWN PATH: Natalie By­att. Pic­ture: ALIZ SWEENEY NATALIE By­att traded univer­sity for an IT traineeship through tech com­pany Unisys and has not looked back.

She had started study­ing law and so­cial work af­ter high school but health is­sues in­ter­rupted her stud­ies.

Unisys trained her in a Cer­tifi­cate III in In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and she is now a re­gional as­set co-or­di­na­tor, work­ing at an army base. By­att says IT is an in­dus­try that does not rely on univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“There are a few peo­ple in my work­place that have diplo­mas and de­grees and have gone to uni but we are pretty much sim­i­lar and on par,” she says.

“Most of the stuff they learnt in uni is now ir­rel­e­vant. Hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing in the field is more ben­e­fi­cial in the long run.

“Why rack up thou­sands of dol­lars for a uni de­gree that may not get you a job at the end of the day?”

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