BCM212 – Reflection on conducting research

My research was about students feelings on their current career development. And as It turns out, plenty of students had mixed feelings, as I hypothesised. Developing a future and sharing it is quite daunting – in my opinion and experience. This is because we don’t all know what is going to become of our future, we can aim to do things but how can we guarantee a great outcome? But what we can do is our best to guide us into the best direction, and thats where UOW’s Career Hub may or may not be lacking. According to my survey that I had conducted, not all students found Career Hub useful, It may be due to the stereotypical shitty high school careers advisor we all know and had that had tarnished their reputation, or maybe the service genuinely doesn’t do a lot of justice.

I would have done my research differently, I suspect that conducting individual interviews with students in my class would have given me a wider perspective on a students career development status. And while my survey gave me more responses, I believe that interviews would have given me better quality responses than quantity – highlighting ones that supported my research hypothesis than sifting through general survey outcomes and troll responses. It would have also given me the option to record body language, which was my intention when organising the research. However, I believed that would have been a hit or miss aspect of my research as It really doesn’t capture career development but instead, feelings.

I conducted and focused on this because during my time in CRLP200 I had difficulty engaging in the main content and only wanted It for the internship opportunity. And while the subject has it’s good intentions, I believe It is bloated with unnecessary content and assessment work that barely prepared an individual for the world in the workforce. It also does not help that the subject coordinator could not provide help towards me wanting to do another internship next semester but instead suggested a UOWx program that I definitely was not interested in. Career Hub was actually the savior in my situation here as they helped me get a better answer and solution – which In my opinion is highly strange as she was the subject coordinator and careers consultant, you know, the one with all the answers for this situation…?

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MEDA201 – Assessment 1 – 16mm film analogue & digital editing

Challenged by the physicality of permanent adjustments with film, I tried to work with minimal amounts of film, the damage was done to it and edit the rest to double the length of what I telecined. I was pleasantly surprised as to what showed up, especially sandpaper to black. Unfortunately, coloured markers on clear film didn’t really show up.

Sparks of green, orange and streaks of white and yellow transition in and out of the original part of the damaged black film. Fulfilling a scene that mimics flare sparks frantically escaping. I layered it over found military footage and edited the colours, speeding it up and down to add rhythmic effect. Furthermore, chroma keying particular colours to increase the flare spark look gave me options to reveal the found footage and add distortion effects and change the hue; pushing the potential of what little I had. Utilising blending modes and various effects kept rhythmic balance across the piece.

Jobs, Motivation & Preparation – BCM212 Research Proposal

Fellow students face issues, hardships, and fears frequently during the semester. What strikes me the most while my tutorial was brainstorming ideas was that there were plenty of external problems that relate to their University experience and not a lot of internal problems at University directly. Such as transportation; sure it’s the Universities responsibility to ensure students have suitable public transport and parking but consider the lack of infrastructure local and state government haven’t provided to support the ongoing issue. Like the lack of suitable train times on the South Coast line, the traffic on M1, Albion Park traffic (Thankfully, a bypass is on its way thanks to MP Gareth Ward).

However, one struck me the most. One about jobs, future prospects, and our career trajectory. Especially considering I am currently in CRLP200 (Career Ready Learning Practice) have I only just realised that so many other students are either over prepared to start Interning or severely underprepared and have no clue how to approach an employer for workplace experience.
Also, why have a class dedicated to career learning? For sure, you have the opportunity to learn extra details in obtaining, preparing and learning about career development. But why not make that available to every student of every level instead of making it for students that are a year and a half into their years at University? I think it would be more beneficial to make it available to every student at different levels because that would still fit in with UOW’s philosophy for getting students jobs straight from graduation. On top of that, It would mean one less subject to take. Extra time to fit in an Internship and no subject payment piled on to HECS.

Would this type of independence encourage more students to partake in career development and internships? Perhaps I’m wrong and enforcing career development classes Is a way of motivating students to steer in the right direction. My guess is because not every student will be bothered or motivated to do so, but why would they bother to go to University in the first place then?

Career development is so vital to us as students. It’s taught to us in High School back in Year 10 with work experience and as University creeps over for us students that decide further education is needed for their career, It couldn’t be any more relevant. Especially today with high unemployment after graduation and in general, the unemployed population. While UOW may boast “greater graduate satisfaction”, “TOP 1% FOR GRADUATES AS RATED BY GLOBAL EMPLOYERS” and “74.3%
of our bachelor level graduates in full-time employment” It doesn’t exactly give us the real insight for student career development satisfaction and If the 74.3% of those students are in jobs they aimed for, are reliable and are in their field – a bit vague isn’t it?
And for the 25.7% of students with Bachelors, I believe are like this past Arts graduate student;

I’m not bagging out my own University because there have been a plethora of successful students and stories like Sarah Doyle’s; previously a Notre Dame graduate now a Wollongong graduate and successfully attaining employment in her field.
She states that she doesn’t blame Notre Dame for her career outcomes and instead accepts the fact that the rapid change of the workforce is a major factor and could be remedied with ‘leadership’ and broader career developing type qualifications instead of rigid courses for specific careers.

I aim to find out what students are focused on in terms of career development.

Did or do you feel rushed to find a job?  – A career? Do you feel pressured doing so?
Do you feel assured that you will have future employment with your current skills?
Are you confident with the sources provided by UOW to improve your CV and employability? What matters the most, skills or WAM? Do you think the “P’s get degrees” attitude matters?

BCM206 – IOT, a breach of privacy or a new accesibility option?

The Internet of Things. In concept, It is something that is interconnected to you, what you are, your interests, what you look at on your internet-enabled devices. These devices enable and assess the relationship to you and your other devices, transgressing the borders assigned to them.

Devices such as Google Home, and heck, pretty much all Google devices are like this. Once you are signed up to the Google ecosystem, Google’s AI system learns everything, and i mean literally everything about you. Your personal information, your photos, your contacts, location, metadata. The list literally goes on pages and pages.

Going back to the Open Source Alliance vs iOS – It is clear that either way you sway with your device choice, both offer an ecosystem that allows you to be able to sync everything in their applications. They have you, pretty much, in a walled garden.
But honestly it isn’t so bad. This is the future we seem to be heading to. In my experience the Google AI as been helpful for me. From Google Assistant on my phone to tracking down where I was today 7 years ago just from the metadata of one of my photos I decided to back up on the account’s cloud.

 

BCM206 – Hacking, but with extreme consequences

Sure, Hacking sounds like some serious nerd shit. But it was totally good for us. But other kinds of hacks like ‘Cyberwarfare’ and botnets are extremely serious with international complications. The cat fight of what seems like a battle for our privacy never ends. Information ‘leaks’ and It goes to show that not everything we put on the internet is protected 100%.
Not only our privacy is in jeopardy, but how we consume information. As we are faced with social media being the majority of our primary source of information and communication platforms, agencies are actually able to create a fake group of people to change the attention economies. Essentially changing the public discourse on issues. We need to think about everything we consume on the internet, whether it has been changed in a way we can’t see other aspects of it and even other world news that we aren’t seeing because of our direct consumption of local/national news. Take for example the recent bombings in Mogadishu killing 267 people. I bet you didn’t know about that but you knew about actresses being sexually harassed and assaulted in the US entertainment industry.

BCM206 – THNX N3RDZ

Hacker culture was seen as so nerdy years ago, considering how stupid looking l33t sp34k was and how that goes by today. It also seemed like a bad thing to get into considering how Julian Assange is framed in movies, on the media and how governments like the US had been treating him and threatening him.

However, of course now that I have been educated on the matters, freedom and security is fundamental to keep the Internet being the Internet. We have a lot to thank these greasy nerds (sorry for stereotypes) for keeping what the Internet is really intended for; a neutral and global communication network state. Beyond hardware and software hacking, it wasn’t all for fun but for testing abilities and limitations. This in return made our phones, social networks and hardware safer for everyday users.

BCM206 – declare independance

Despite the Journalism space of social media, the mishaps and the misrepresented details of events, there are incidents where social media has been exceptionally helpful especially in a political sphere. Because of the quick word, networks and participation, the internet as a political space is a great way to start mass involvement and faster movements in comparison to legacy communication.The power of connectivity of the internet is that the immediacy is legitimate.

In revolutions like MENA, Arabspring, government corruption in Tunisia that lead to protests to them the President stepping down – are all results from social media’s help.

Recently, the Spanish government cracked down on illegal voting by the Catalonian people wanting independence which lead to unprovoked violence by their police. It was extensively covered by Julian Assange and Wikileaks with most traffic occurring via Twitter. Proof that the modern age public space is social media. Not a coffee shop anymore. Especially considering surveillance.