From health sector 
to new tech role

JESS WREN says transitioning to a tech role was made possible by the school friendly hours of SHIFT.

Jess is a mum and qualified radiation therapist, who was looking to change her career direction. She completed SHIFT in 2018, an innovative one-year course to allow people with any degree

background to move into tech. Jess has since landed an exciting new role with one of New Zealand’s largest tech companies. Offered in Christchurch and Dunedin, SHIFT offers a mix of practical learning and industry project work, to develop current tech skills and gain valuable industry experience.

“Coming into SHIFT with no tech background, I never dreamed I would be working on real tech projects within just a few months of starting. These really extended my new tech skills, and during my internship, I worked closely with the development team and the client, which was a huge responsibility and fantastic learning curve,” Jess says.

Jess’s project work included developing a sports tracking widget and a map app. She interned as a project coordinator with Datacom, and she has now joined the team.

SHIFT’s school-friendly hours allowed Jess and other parents to pursue a new career whilst juggling family commitments. The opportunity to study and work alongside local employers is a real bonus as it opens doors into the industry.

To find out more about SHIFT, have a chat with the friendly team at SIGNAL on 0800 99 00 24 or pop along to a SIGNAL Tech Careers and Pizza Night – bring a friend and register through signal.ac.nz/shift.