Artificial intelligence is no longer a sign of the distant future but the buzzword on everyone's lips that's increasingly being integrated into our every day lives. With the number of job opportunities and the interest from job seekers around artificial intelligence growing in Australia, it's never been more important to upskill to stay ahead of the curve.
Cassa is a Project Coordinator for a higher education provider who has a business degree under her belt and a diverse working background in education, sales and travel. Her desire to continually learn and acquire new relevant skills lead her to develop an interest in AI. Determined to be a part of the community and cement her existing knowledge, she enrolled herself in Developing AI Strategy at RMIT Online, where she was supported in building a real-world AI strategy. Here's her story:
Why did you decide to study Developing AI Strategy?
Courses that I had looked at previously approached artificial intelligence from a technical lens whereas this course takes a non-technical and strategic approach (I knew that I wanted to enrol in this course as soon as I read the title!). Prior to this course, I had accumulated knowledge on the topic of AI through reading, listening to podcasts and attending events in Melbourne - this course was a way to direct my knowledge toward a ‘real-life’ project.
If you are a manager or leader, an AI enthusiast or someone from tech background wishing to approach AI from a more strategic standpoint, this is the course for you.
What was your favourite part of the course?
Students complete the course having developed a solution to a problem in their organisation or industry in just eight weeks. It is great that students with little or even no knowledge of artificial intelligence can present an AI solution in only two months! I also loved gaining insight and knowledge directly from the course mentors – they are industry specialists!
What about the future of artificial intelligence excites you the most?
There is a vast array of future opportunities that we are unable to even comprehend at this point in time! The automation of some of the repetitive tasks that we perform on a day-to-day basis will free up additional time to put our amazing human minds to better use!
How did you manage your time between studying online and work/life commitments?
As it is a fast-paced course with a lot of learning experiences jammed into just eight weeks, I would recommend that you get studying as soon as the course opens. Make a study plan at the beginning of the course, have your partner or family cook dinner on your study nights, try to attend every live webinar (so you can ask questions rather than watching back the recording) and don’t leave things until the last minute!
How will this course help you in your career?
Having completed the course, I’ve felt more confident when networking at events as the course has formalised my knowledge. It also shows that you’re serious about the domain to those already working in the industry!
You’ll also feel confident to put your hand up for upcoming project in the workplace and to participate in conversations about the topic. Lastly, the course will equip you with the ability to think strategically about artificial intelligence, to offer viable and practical solutions and to speak confidently to stakeholders.
What advice do you have for anyone first learning about artificial intelligence?
Take the time to learn what artificial intelligence is and how it works – for example, how machine learning works, the difference between machine and deep learning, and the limitations of AI. This course will help you with this!
Follow the major players on LinkedIn, read as much as you can and use Eventbrite to find events to attend in your city. Lastly, use your exercise or commute time wisely by listening to podcasts on AI - my favourite podcast is AI Australia as they discuss a wide range of topics including AI ethics, strategy and technology.
In your day-to-day work, challenge yourself by thinking “how could I apply AI to improve this process or problem?’”.
Lastly, realise that AI is not an out-of-the-box solution that you can just throw at any problem!
Why should someone do the Developing AI Strategy short course at RMIT Online?
Short courses are a great way to upskill quickly in a short amount of time while continuing to work full time. Not only will you complete the Developing AI Strategy course with a real-life strategy that you can apply to your organisation or industry, you will have also learnt to explain to stakeholders what artificial intelligence is, its limitations and its opportunities with clarity and confidence – this is very important as AI can seem like a confusing and overwhelming topic to some!
Lastly, the course mentors are industry professionals with a wealth of insight and the course is delivered by an Australian university.