ACS Professional Year: A pathway to success 

According to the ACS Digital pulse, only 3% of tech businesses believe the education system produces job-ready candidates, and only 35% of graduates feel their education significantly prepared them for their careers.  The ACS Professional Year addresses this gap by equipping participants with essential skills, practical experiences, and a supportive network crucial for thriving in the Australian job market. Hear directly from ACS Professional Year graduates who have benefited from the program:

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"The ACS Professional Year provided me with invaluable insights into effective  teamwork, professional networking, and other essential skills that are crucial in today's fast-paced industry. The program has been instrumental in my professional growth, enabling me to take on challenging roles and responsibilities with confidence. The skills I acquired through the ACS Professional Year have undoubtedly been instrumental in my professional growth, enabling me to take on challenging roles and responsibilities with confidence". -Anandh Kumar, Senior Consultant, Deloitte:

"My experience with the ACS Professional Year has This program has not only equipped me with the practical skills and knowledge I needed to excel in the Australian job market but has also provided me with a supportive network of mentors and peers. The guidance and industry insights I received during the program were invaluable, and I'm confident that it has set me on the path to a successful and rewarding career in IT. It has given me the opportunity to commence my IT career with a well-respected organisation." - Bilal Rafiq, Information Technology Support, Edmund Rice Education Australia

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"The ACS Professional Year provided a structured and comprehensive curriculum that allowed me to bridge the gap between my academic background and the real-world demands of the Australian IT industry. The coursework covered a wide range of topics, including interpersonal skills, workplace ethics, resume and cover letter writing, and interview skills, which were instrumental in preparing me for the Australian job market. In conclusion, I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to build a successful career in the Australian IT sector". Thisara, IT Cyber Security Project Technician, City of Greater Bendigo

The importance of the ACS Professional Year

The ACS Professional Year continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the careers of IT professionals in Australia, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to thrive in a competitive job market. By providing a structured pathway for recent graduates and international students to gain practical skills and professional experience, the program ensures participants are better prepared to meet employer demands and contribute to Australia's digital economy.

As we continue to support the growth and development of IT professionals, the ACS Professional Year remains a cornerstone of our commitment to powering Australia's technology brilliance. With the Australian tech workforce needing an additional 1.2 million skills by 2030 to keep pace with the rapid advancement of critical technologies, the ACS Professional Year becomes essential in bridging the job-readiness gap.

Read more about ACS Professional Year here.