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QUT Open Day & Busways + GoCard Awesome!

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by Andrew

I went to the QUT Open Day today, and I’m now quite excited about next year!

For the last year or so I’ve had it in my head that I’d probably be going to UQ for university in 2011, but after TSXPO last weekend and today’s QUT open day – I think I’ve got my heart set on QUT for university in 2011. Of the 3 courses they have in the IT area (Information Technology, Corporate Systems Management and Games & Interactive Entertainment) the Information Technology one looks the best because the lecturers there just presented such exciting opportunities. The best part is that in the Information Technology course, there will be elective subjects which let you drill into the area of IT that interests you (such as Enterprise Systems, Network Systems, Web Technologies & Digital Environments) and also the fact that you can enter into half year or year long paid work experience as part of the course, so that companies can see your skills and possibly want to hire you full time at the end of the course. That foot into the industry is such an advantage and probably the the main reason I think I’ll be picking QUT over UQ, as well as the flexible course design too.

While we were there in a presentation – there was this guy, who’s phone went off during the presentation (he hadn’t put it on silent), but what was the terrible bit, was that he answered it, and spoke really loudly to the person on the other end telling them where he was and the presenter had to stop. It reminded me of the Chaser’s, ‘Clive the Slightly Too Loud Commuter” segment, except this guy wasn’t doing a comedy skit, he was just being a bit of an inconsiderate jerk. Found that amusing 😛

There’s another thing which impressed me today, the GoCard system. I’ve never used a GoCard before, I’ve just used the paper tickets, but today I used my GoCard for the first time today and it was just fantastic. For a trip to Carindale to QUT Kelvin Grove (so a distance of about 15km one way) & back it was $2.88. That’s awesome value. I predict that for next year, it will cost me $4.10 per day for public transport each day I have to travel to Uni, which I think is damm good value! The Busway network is also fantastic, with the South East Busway & Inner Northern Busway really really efficient and hopefully when the Northern Busway and Eastern Busways are completed, they’ll also be fantastic to use!

Next weekend I’m off to the UQ open day to see what they can offer me. Let’s hope they also present me with something great, but I doubt they’re going to beat what QUT has shown they have today. I think 2011 will be a Gardens Point year for me!

I came home on the bus with an excited buzz in me after today’s open day which I haven’t felt for a long time. I think I’m just excited about my future, the future that’s just over 15 weeks away, but maybe that might have just been the coffee I had…

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  • pikelet650

    Did you see any people in purple hats or shirts running around?

  • ummm, No.

  • Which QUT campus? And obviously you have to choose QUT over UQ – it's all in the name!

  • well the open day was at the Kelvin Grove campus, but all the IT courses are at Gardens Point.

  • Web Technologies & Digital Environments) and also the
    fact that you can enter into half year or year long paid work experience as part
    of the course, so that companies can see your skills and possibly want to hire
    you full time at the end of the course.