Paddington achiever recognised by Women In Technology nomination

When Paddington local, Sonia Collett, made the ambitious choice to change careers, she combined working full time, with having two children and studying for her Masters degree in IT.

Sonia’s personal motivation, ambition and achievement have been recognised with a nomination for a Women in Technology (WIT) Award. The winner will be someone who demonstrates that she is capable and determined to have a long and successful ICT career, which should make Sonia a strong contender.

Sonia was employed by the Queensland University of Technology as a Science Liaison Librarian, when her exposure to the library’s software packages inspired an interest in IT and a desire to switch careers.

Sonia has now graduated from a masters degree in IT and works as a graduate programmer for international software company, TechnologyOne.

“I was involved in evaluating the software we used at the library and it sparked an interest in how the software worked and why one program was so much better than another,” said Sonia.

“It made me want to work in IT and now, after years of study and persistence, I have my dream job working as an IT programmer for TechnologyOne – one of the most successful software companies in the country!”

Sonia has been nominated for the IBM ICT Career Start Award which has been established to provide encouragement for women seeking to establish a successful career within the Information Technology industry

The award recognises achievement, potential and ambition. The category is open to women establishing their career in the information technology or communications sectors. Sonia was nominated for the award by Dr Raisa Monteiro, an associate of her husband, who is involved with the Bio-Technology chapter of Women in IT.

While Sonia could potentially win over $17,000 in prizes from the WIT award, she says her greatest reward is a fulfilling and fun career working in a company which is expanding successfully on the global stage.

“A good friend of mine worked for TechnologyOne and he told me about the company’s success and its great staff culture, so I knew where I wanted to work when I graduated,” Sonia said.

“We work on some of the most advanced software applications in the world, have a regular social group called “Club Grad” which is funded by the company, and we even get free breakfast every morning.”

Sonia’s role as Graduate Programmer at TechnologyOne involves software development and enhancement, as well as the investigation and resolution of customer enquiries. TechnologyOne is a leading provider of enterprise software solutions to a large range of government and corporate organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the UK.

The winner of the Career Start WIT award will receive a range of prizes including a scholarship for further academic development valued at $17,050 and a 12 month WIT membership. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 15 September 2007.