Video Transcript: Josh Clouston

My family computer froze up and I thought that with the resources online I'd be able to fix it. It turns out I could fix it and from there I got really interested in computers.

My name is Josh Clouston and I'm doing a Bachelor of Information Technology at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast.

I grew up in surf lifesaving and that rolled over into a job lifeguarding. I'm lucky enough to be able to do part-time during winter, a few shifts a week, and over summer the University provides three semesters so I do two subjects over the summer semester which allows me to still work almost full-time with lifeguarding. So work-life
balance is pretty good.

In the IT degree it actually covers a really wide range of subjects. For me my favourite so far has been software development. When I started studying at uni I was a bit worried because I never really enjoyed reading at school. Luckily with the IT degree there's a lot of support at the uni and most of my subjects have laboratories which is hands-on programming experience.

I grew up on the Gold Coast. If anybody hasn't been here before, it's a growing tourist destination and there are so many cool things that you can do. As soon as you arrive at the Gold Coast Airport the University is literally across the road. The convenience factor for work opportunities is amazing because the beach is across the road and we're in one of the main hotspots of the Gold Coast.

The reason I got into information technology was that I wanted to help family and friends and hopefully land a job somewhere on the Gold Coast. So far it's been awesome - there are a lot of cool opportunities arising.