You’ve heard all about what it’s like to study a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT. The classes, the campus, the friends… But perhaps you’re still wondering what your day to day time at RMIT will be like.
Fear not, because today we are bringing you the run-down! We’ve chatted to Faraz, a third year student majoring in AI and minoring in Business, about the good and bad of an IT degree at RMIT. He’s had many diverse experiences across his degree, making him the perfect candidate to chat through this course.
Keep reading if you want to know exactly what you can expect!
Why should you study a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT?
“[At] the beginning, they [the university] have all the core subjects of IT that you have to take. From there, you choose your path,” shared Faraz.
Faraz explained that a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT allows you to try an overview of many different IT areas, before choosing your specific major. This is useful for students who don’t know exactly what they want to do.
Even if you think you do have a clear direction, it’s great to expand your understanding and try new things. University is a great time to gain a wide berth of knowledge.
“If you just focus on one area, it would be really limited,” Faraz added.
He also said students can expect to make good friendships with peers and connections with staff throughout this degree.
Top 3 Pros of an Information Technology degree
#1: Variety in subjects
“The freedom that you have [is a pro]. You have a lot of elective subjects which is really helpful. You can actually build your own degree in a way… and pick the subjects that you think matter in the long-term,” highlighted Faraz.
When you study a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT, your course gets progressively more fluid. Many students choose to take on a minor, but you can also fill your timetable holes with electives that you find interesting.
The result will be a degree tailored to your specific interests and career aspirations. Not only will this help you enjoy uni, but it’ll make you stand out when applying for work.
#2: Quality of teaching and technology
At RMIT, you will have access to a wide range of databases and learning platforms. Work may be uploaded onto these and you can also conduct your own independent learning. This can be helpful for catching up on content or researching things you’re interested in.
Faraz explained that each lecturer has their own style of teaching, which will help you to learn content from various perspectives. This encourages lateral thinking and helps different students engage with content.
One of the biggest pros about RMIT is the great community it fosters! You’ll have the opportunity to meet people in your classes, along with societies such as RMIT CSIT.
Faraz told us that despite many of his social plans, including joining the Badminton Club, being quashed because of COVID-19, he’s still maintained great friendships. He’s met people through societies, tutoring and around campus.
“For some subjects, I’ve been tutoring as well and also mentoring and things like that… I get to talk a lot of people in the uni and make friends,” shared Faraz.
Having a good social life whilst studying shouldn’t be underestimated — in fact, for many students it’s the make or break to enjoying uni life.
Top 3 Cons of an Information Technology degree
#1: The workload
“Sometimes, it’s so much,” Faraz said of the required work for subjects.
The statement really reflects the feeling of many students. University is a lot of work, and an IT degree is no exception.
You’ll be required to complete readings and study outside of class time. Your marks are generally a result of how much work you’re willing to put into your course.
Sometimes, workload and type of tasks depend on specific subjects. “It depends what subjects you choose from the beginning,” Faraz explained.
Some of RMIT’s subjects are very practically focussed and may involve a lot of group work. Others have heavy amounts of reading. If you particularly struggle with a certain type of learning, it’s good to look at what each subject requires before enrolling.
#2: Diverse teaching styles
In the last section, we spoke about the great quality of teaching at RMIT, from which you can learn content through diverse perspectives.
Faraz warned that this can be a double-edged sword! You won’t always understand the teaching style of certain lecturers. Sometimes, you just won’t click with them.
This can impact how much you enjoy a subject and what knowledge you retain. However, it can also help you to improve in active listening and empathy for learning styles different to your own.
“I believe that as a student you have to be flexible… to get used to different situations, different people and lecturers,” Faraz said.
#3: That’s all!
Faraz didn’t have a third con to add — what a stellar review for RMIT!
Remember, though, that all student experiences are different. It’s important to do the research and find what degree accommodates your learning style, interests and social needs best.
Like many students, Faraz shared that he wishes he had put more effort into certain aspects of his study, earlier on. “You always have that regret!” he joked.
“Maybe there were times I had just given up… Maybe I had more time to finish my assignment but… [decided I’d done enough] to pass.”
Faraz added that a great way to avoid this regret is by shifting your mindset. If you are passionate about and invest in a subject, you’re more likely to do the work required, even if it’s challenging.
“If you believe a subject is helpful and what you like, then you’re going to put more effort into it and do your best,” he explained.
And remember that even if you do look back with regret on your early years of study, it’s not too late to change your work ethic!
What do you wish you had known before starting a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT?
Faraz said that he wished he understood the importance of trialling different facets of IT early on in his degree. Despite being happy in his major in Artificial Intelligence, he sees the benefit of understanding different areas and trying out subjects until you find what suits you best.
“I wish I knew that in order to choose the best branch in IT… it’s necessary to go through them and learn from them to know if [they’re] actually useful or not. If you don’t experience them, you don’t know,” he shared.
What makes this degree different from the ones offered at other universities?
RMIT has a very broad array of subjects and majors — far more than some of its competitors. This allows students to study what they are truly interested in and develop a niche in the employer market.
“It has really good connections with really big companies like IBM, Telstra and ANZ,” Faraz highlighted.
Faraz also said that RMIT is great at keeping up to date on changing technologies, which gives students an advantage.
What inspired you to choose a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT?
“From the beginning, I just loved tech and I just wanted to learn about technology. That was basically the main reason, but also the fact that the degree itself was [really flexible],” explained Faraz.
Faraz also wanted to pursue a degree that was competitive and allowed him to explore various areas of IT.
“[Another] reason was the variety of different subjects it provided and the ranking is pretty good for the course… I wanted to pursue AI and I remembered that most unis did not provide those subjects yet,” he added.
What are the possible career paths?
Some career paths from this degree include:
- Systems analyst
- Business analyst
- Analyst programmer
- Application programmer
- Software tester
- Database administrator
- Systems administrator
- Web developer
Your career will depend on your major, and can be tailored by your interests!
Okay, we’ve reached the end! Now you know all about a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT, it’s time to get thinking and decide if it’s the right degree for you!
Lucinda Garbutt-Young hopes to one day be writing for a big-shot newspaper… or maybe just for a friendly magazine in the arts sector. Right now, she is enjoying studying a Bachelor of Public Communication (Public Relations and Journalism) at UTS while she writes on the side. She also loves making coffees for people in her job as a barista, and loves nothing more than a sun shower.