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A look into the role of a software development graduate

Holmesglen IT graduate, Kirstine Brørup Nielsen knows that confidence comes from taking control of an opportunity when it is presented, rather than waiting for the outcome. It's this belief that helped her through her software development course, and has followed her into a career.

"The greatest lesson I learned during my course was how taking ownership of my own school experience could help me to be able to control the outcome of my educational success," she says as an introduction.

In a field where organisation is key, Kirstine embraced the chance to grow not just her computing skills but also her time management abilities. She has maintained this focus in her roles in industry.

"You get a lot of interesting tasks at work and you have to be able to structure your day and respond to issues in a timely manner," she explains.

In the workforce, Kirstine has had the chance to work against the backdrop of cloud-based CRM systems. The programming subjects she completed throughout her course have made her transition from the classroom to the office a pleasant experience.  

"Learning programming at Holmesglen helped me in that regard. I'm also gaining more knowledge of important IT system concepts around things like security, testing, and governor limits that are built into Salesforce."

During her time at Holmesglen, Kirstine learned how to develop data-driven applications and cascading style sheets, and also how to build user interfaces. She believes these skills, together with her use of programs like Salesforce, have prepared her to work on larger IT systems.

Kirstine believes prospective students should always take the same chances, with their career and personal development.

"Talk with former students about their experiences and attend open days; where you have a great opportunity to ask a lot questions."