Information technology at Otago Polytechnic

‘‘You have to research your ideas, as it’s important tofind a niche.’’ — Grayson Orr
‘‘You have to research your ideas, as it’s important tofind a niche.’’ — Grayson Orr
Grayson Orr has a tip to share — those pondering a career in information technology might like to know that it’s not all about maths.

Grayson, a year-3 Bachelor of Information Technology learner at Otago Polytechnic, says a combination of problem-solving skills and determination are more important than sheer number-crunching ability.

‘‘I’ve chosen a programming pathway in my final year, with the intention of getting into software-engineering. My interests are in software-testing but I also develop applications.’’

Grayson is also a member of an Otago Polytechnic IT team that has entered the Audacious Challenge competition, which encourages business start-ups and innovation.

Relishing the opportunity to merge his software skills with entrepreneurial thinking, Grayson has helped develop a mobile app that enables home-show advertisers and visitors to better interact, while also safeguarding privacy.

‘‘Studying IT at Otago Polytechnic has also taught me a lot about businesses and start-ups. It’s not just about software and programs.

‘‘You have to research your ideas as it’s important to find a niche.’’

For more information about studying towards a career in information technology, visit: www.op.ac.nz 

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