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From left: Ryan Jiang, Sonya Zhao and Nicholas Roberts. Image by Matt Houston.

Ryan Jiang, Sonya Zhao and Nicholas Roberts are studying a Master of Information Technology while creating an app showcasing the deals of retailers in the NAS precinct.

What degree are you studying?

We are currently studying a Master of Information Technology.

What’s your role at NAS?

Mobile Software Developers for the RMIT Promos Application Project.

How did you go about finding this role?

We found this role through an email sent from a lecturer in the IOS programming course at RMIT.

What does your role involve?

Sonya Zhao – My role at NAS has included a range of aspects in preparation of the mobile launch. Some of these included brainstorming design ideas, producing interactive elements, ensuring styling consistency across all mobile platforms and submitting the IOS version to the App Store for testing.

Ryan Jiang – My role involves building web and mobile applications that assist in connecting students to new retailers in NAS and allowing them access to deals and promotions. This includes designing and implementing the mobile app and its software architecture, as well as testing and debugging the app in preparation for the launch.

As a current student, what outcome of the NAS project are you most excited for?

Sonya – Using the features available in the RMIT Promos app to easily locate the retailers I’m interested in and stay up to date with their deals when on campus.

Ryan – The new study spaces are great, I love sitting in the comfortable and stylish seats with my laptop when there’s work to complete on campus. I am also looking forward to the new terrace spaces, I can’t wait to hang out with friends up there.

What advice would you give students wanting to make the jump from studying to working in the industry?

Sonya – That practice makes perfect, apply what you’re learning at university into different opportunities while studying. Involve yourself in projects and meet people both inside and outside of the industry to build your network. Also, be confident in your job pursuits and learn to better communicate following any mistakes.

Ryan – Be confident and utilise your resources, knowledge and connections when applying for jobs. Just do it rather than spend time wondering – you are always better than you think you are, or you will be after giving it a go.

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