Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering (2001)
Paul Kingston is a perfect example of the benefits of hands-on training. A young lecturer and highly sought-after trainer in the worldwide Cisco networking programs, Paul won a scholarship to Box Hill Institute to study the Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems back in 2000, and chose the Institute over university because of that hands-on factor. He had already shown that side of his personality at school, where he took on the responsibility of building and looking after the school’s ICT system.
“Universities for me, especially in the IT field, weren’t practical, they had a lot of theoretical components in them – it wasn’t something that was really up my alley. Box Hill Institute gave me the opportunity to learn, and go back and implement, and the school was willing to have that ongoing relationship while I was studying and going back and helping them move forward as well.”
From there the future was bright – and busy! Paul taught Cisco systems at his old school and returned to teach it at Box Hill Institute as well, in keeping with the Institute’s preference for employing industry experts. He soon became in demand, in both private and public sector. Currently he lectures at Monash University, and teaches at RMIT and other Cisco academies. And the training Paul received at Box Hill Institute was a lot more than just theoretical: “The quality of the training in the Cisco program at Box Hill was second to none. I had an instructor who I looked up to as a kind of idol. There were a lot of aspects I learnt off him as life skills, teaching skills and basic work practice. Having someone like that as a teacher, but also someone who can be a mentor and be there for you when you need someone, was certainly something I found unique about going through Box Hill.
“Now we’re going to a world that is more global, and students are seeing that it’s not about being restricted to your local area or state, or even Australia. I know that I can hop anywhere in the world and everyone knows what Cisco is. It’s not a vendor centric course, there’s a lot of learning in there that’s non- Cisco, more general concepts. When you walk out of the course it’s just mind blowing how much you’ve actually learnt, and how many concepts you’ve taken with you, regardless of what area of networking you want to go into.”