Juri Mizuno

  • Bachelor of Information Technology

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Juri Mizuno had five years’ work experience in the IT industry before she decided to enrol in the Bachelor of Information Technology through the Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s distance learning specialist.

“I was working in an IT department at a tertiary education institution and I had about 5 years work experience in the IT industry, however I did not have an IT related qualification. I thought it would be better to have at least one relevant degree to develop my career further in IT so I started taking courses from the Open Polytechnic,” she explains.

Already holding a degree in business studies, majoring in accounting, Juri is not new to tertiary study, but the flexibility of online study is what attracted her to the Open Polytechnic.

“As I am in full-time employment, the flexibility of distance learning is more suitable with my time schedule. As the courses are delivered online entirely, and I study at my own pace, it makes it easier to plan and complete within the given time frame,” Juri says.

With support from her partner, Juri is able to study during week nights and over the weekends.  She has found her studies particularly helpful in her current role.

“It did help when I was working in the IT department as it was related to my work. I am currently working in the accounting field, but I think IT knowledge is always handy because we use more technologies in any work environment,” she says.  

The networking section that forms part of the Technologies in Practice course inspired Juri.

“It was helpful to understand how the network works in order to troubleshoot the issues at work. Essential Mathematics was also helpful as I never learnt this level of mathematics previously,” she says.

Although Juri was initially worried about studying IT from home, and whether special software was needed, she has found she has been supported through every course.

“We usually require special software; however Open Polytechnic provides students with the software required for the courses and lots of extra material. I email my lecturers when I have questions, they provide prompt responses and are very helpful. They are awesome,” she says.

“When I first started studying, my goals were to complete the courses, submit assignments by the due date; and make the most of the courses and learn as much as I can. One of the reasons I chose IT to study was to find what IT can do, so now I have a much better picture of what IT covers than before.”

Although she is currently working in an accounting role, Juri would like to combine her accounting knowledge with the skills she is learning now.

“By gaining more knowledge in IT, I am thinking about heading towards areas to use accounting and IT together.”

Her advice to students considering study is to use their time wisely.

“Keep studying and gaining more knowledge while you can. It will make you more competitive and your efforts eventually will pay off.” 

More about Bachelor of Information Technology

Look no further for an up-to-date and industry-focused information technology degree which gives you skills that are sought after by employers worldwide. The Bachelor of Information Technology is supplemented with quality Open University course materials and will help you to become a confident user and manager of information technologies, with practical and in-depth IT knowledge. This internationally recognised degree is also offered by distance so you can apply the skills you’re learning straight to your job and take advantage of real life projects in the workplace.

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