Bio – Bailey

BAILEY

Hi I’m Bailey and I’d like to introduce myself to you all. I’m the newest edition to the team at Masterlink Computers as the residential trainee. Here’s a little of my story as to how I got to where I am today.

Even from a very young age I have always been interested in the way things worked. While I was a toddler my family and I used to live right next to a construction site. Every day I would pester my mum to take me to the worksite to watch the giant machinery. And when not watching outside I would stand, staring for hours watching these amazing machines through our bathroom window, while standing on the toilet seat. The reason? I wanted to know how they worked. I was that regular a visitor, that when the construction was completed, the site manager came and gave me a compass.

Fast forward a couple of years… I was always asking my parents how things worked. Growing up I have always had a love of robots and science fiction, futuristic ideas, technologies and abilities we as humans have not yet invented.

I started working on computers in my early teens with some little fix up jobs for Mum and Dad and became quite good with using computers, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted to know why and how these computers ticked. What made them turn on, how they saved data, how it was able to display images and how it was able to processes data. “I’ve always liked puzzles and trying to work out how things work, which is why I love working with computers,” It’s that hunger that pushed me on. I turned to an Uncle (a computer technician for over 17 years) for help. He allowed me to complete some work experience and gave me some computers to work on… I was hooked.

While completing Year 10 I also completed my Cert III in ICT at TAFE and was fortunate enough to secure a week of work experience at Masterlink. It was only 5 short days, but it was all the opportunity I needed to impress the boss with my knowledge and enthusiasm. It worked! Two months later, I began my traineeship. Which I’ve almost completed and loving it.

It’s kind of funny actually, I found out recently that my Great Grandfather was a motor mechanic, same as my Grandfather and another of my Uncles. I guess the curiosity of how things work runs in the family.

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Tony Dieck (Tutor TAFE Hervey Bay Campus}, Bailey Fraser (Student / Trainee), Michael Jenkins (Owner / Manager of Masterlink Computers Qld)

News Story from October 5th, 2-17

Training the trainer for a bright future in IT

TAFE Queensland teacher Tony Dieck swapped his marking pen for a notepad and became the student this month, when he visited Hervey Bay business Masterlink Computers.
The Information Technology teacher spoke with the business’s owner and manager Michael Jenkins in order to complete what’s known as an industry release – an initiative that sees educators from training organisations like TAFE Queensland attend industry sites applicable to their sector to ensure the content delivered in their courses are relevant and up-to-date.
However, the visit proved to be a productive exercise on multiple fronts, with Mr Dieck not only getting the chance to gather knowledge of his industry’s most current practices, but also getting a chance to see one of his former students in action.
Bailey Fraser completed a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology at TAFE Queensland’s Hervey Bay Campus in July earlier this year and thanks to his qualification and the work experience he has undertaken to compliment it, the 16-year-old has secured a traineeship with Masterlink Computers.
“I’ve always liked puzzles and trying to work out how things work, which is why I love working with computers,” said Mr Fraser.
“I’ve learned a lot at TAFE that I now apply in my work and Michael actually lets me do a lot of tasks because I’ve had experience through TAFE and I’m qualified.
“I’ve done everything from fixing desktop computers and laptops to working with businesses to set up networks and repair their Wi-Fi connections.”
The reunion enabled Mr Dieck to witness first-hand how the skills he is passing on to students translate in the work place as well as pinpoint areas that can be improved.
“It’s fantastic to see your students move on to bigger and better things, so seeing Bailey doing so well and able to carry out his job with such confidence is very rewarding,” said Mr Dieck.
“This industry release was about making sure we deliver skills our students will actually use and ensuring that their transition into a real world environment is seamless, so to be able to see that in action was fantastic.”
Mr Dieck’s visit comes as the ICT industry prepares for a surge in demand, with the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website predicting strong growth of up to 50,000 job openings over the next five years – an unsurprising projection given society’s increasing dependence on technology.
“Every industry relies on technology these days, so having a qualification in ICT is always going to be an asset,” said Mr Dieck.