APS ICT Cadetship Graduate = fast-track to Success!

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Hi, my name is Fil Filiposki and I was a 2009 APS ICT Cadet. During my time as a Cadet, I have had many wonderful experiences both in the workplace and on the Program, and wish to share these valuable experiences and knowledge with you in my graduation speech. Enjoy!

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the 2011 APS ICT Entry Level Programs Graduation Ceremony. I know that many of you, both graduates and parents, have been waiting for this day for quite some time. I’m very proud to have my family with me today who have also been patiently waiting for the past few years. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all of the graduates of this wonderful program on your success! Please join me in congratulating the future leaders in ICT! It’s an honour for me to be here amongst many of my peers, some I have known since my first day on this learning journey back in February 2009. I remember our cohort’s induction like it was yesterday. We had to navigate the parliamentary triangle for a treasure hunt in teams looking for clues to answer specific questions. My team thought we would be sneaky to guarantee the win, so we snuck into the National Library and googled all of the questions on the computer (as uni students do). We then printed off fake receipts for purchases of beverages using a receipt generating program we found on the internet as this allowed for extra points. A five hour endeavour had taken only five minutes, so we went to the coffee shop and passed time by laughing at other teams aimlessly wandering around. We thought we had first prize in the bag, but to our disappointment, the other teams had thought of the very same thing, but had printed off even more receipts. We lost. Dismally. ICT graduates, we are a crafty and witty bunch; I guess that’s why we chose ICT. We wouldn’t be here if we did not apply the life skills we learned both on the program, and during our tertiary studies. This program has opened up a world of opportunity for all of the graduates in this room, and for the others who could not make it. The world of ICT as you might know is a fast-paced, dynamic environment where innovation, creativity, and thinking outside the box is all in a day’s work - survival of the fittest - an environment where we take every drop of knowledge and apply it to solving real life problems in the real world. A career in ICT is not about sitting in a creepy dark room within the basement of a building, writing line after line of code. ICT has evolved over the past decade; nowadays CIOs are seen as key strategic partners in organisations. ICT professionals are perceived as valuable assets, linked to both key business-as-usual objectives and strategic goals, and driving the corporate strategic agenda. Without ICT professionals, many organisations would not function, or have become. The success of world giants such as Microsoft and Apple would come crashing down. The value of this program for each and every graduate is immeasurable. This program has provided me with opportunities a tertiary graduate could only dream of. In my time on this program, I have had experience in the fields of Enterprise Architecture, e-Government & International Relations, and now as a Business Analyst for australia.gov.au – all very different streams of work. This program has helped steer the direction best suited for my career aspirations, and put me one step ahead of the game against my friends from university who are yet to experience the world of ICT. Now having industry experience, this program has provided me with a competitive advantage and a taste for what is yet to come. The workplace and program relationships gained whilst on this program are beyond price. Through informal and formal networking events, I have made contacts and strengthened relationships with members within my own cohort, organisation, and across the APS, that will in turn help my career and professional life. The people I have met on this program have been from all walks of life, each and every contributing to the knowledge I have gained. Knowledge I can now share with others. I am sure the friends I have made over the past three years, however brief, will last a lifetime. The experiences I have had on this program, such as participating at the ACS Young ICT Professional Conference in Sydney, chairing and inputting to the Entry-Level Programs Action Group, as well as representing AGIMO at CeBIT, have broadened my perspective of this wonderful industry we are a part of and inspired me to become a young leader in ICT. I would like to thank the people who have made this memorable night, and this Program a reality. Without you, I would not be standing here, and most likely at home frantically spamming companies pleading for a job, or trying to bring down the PSN network (jokes). I would like to thank Sarah for kicking off the program and supporting us through our journey. I would also like to thank Michelle, Emma, Sarah, and Shane for their ongoing support. Also, a big thank you to the people behind the scenes pulling all the strings, Trista, Christina, Kate, Bronwyn, Emily, Scott Wallace, Glenn Archer, and Ann Steward. And a special thank you to Debbie, Nick, and my director Phillip who were my informal mentors throughout the program and provided me with moral and workplace support every step of the way. Finally, I would like to thank all of the agencies involved in this program - without you; this program would not have been born. Your ongoing support is vital to the success of this program we all greatly appreciate your partnership with AGIMO and with us. As Michael Dell put it aptly - whilst you stand here tonight, you are at the starting point of a wonderful journey. But it’s a journey that can only begin with your decision to embark. We are a proud nation of accomplishment, and this ceremony is a great testament to that. But the unspoken requirement of a commencement is that you now must commence. There are countless contributions and achievements that never occurred, all due to failure to begin. With the understanding that you will face tough times and amazing experiences, you must also commit to the adventure. Just have faith in the skills and the knowledge you’ve been blessed with and go. Because regrets are born of paths never taken. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your night.

Last updated: 01 August 2016