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Growing up in a small country town, Leading Seaman Nikki Ison never imagined she would be in charge of multi-million dollar technology, go on secret missions, and play war games with NAVY fleets from around the world. But she does, and it's a pretty cool way to use your ICT skills.
As a 'Leading Seaman' Nikki runs the team that handles all communication that comes in and goes out of the ship. She uses all sorts of technology to do this from high-tech systems to old fashioned flags for Morse code communication.
While working for the NAVY Nikki has completed a lot of different ICT training courses. She knows all about the backend of the internet and IT systems so that she can outsmart even the smartest spies who might try and decode the messages she is trying to send. She knows how to get a message to a certain satellite, where the message will land, and how to encode that message to stop other people seeing it along the way. Not bad for someone who never imagined herself working in ICT.
"I actually wanted to join the Army but once I looked into it I realised that everything used technology and IT in the NAVY sounded like a really fun and challenging job," Nikki says."Six years later I still love it and am learning new things all the time. That's half the fun!"
From the medics who use encoded systems to access and store members' information, to Combat Systems Operators who track those blips on radar screens that you see in movies, IT is a big part of every job in the NAVY. You don’t have to have IT training to get started as most of the training is done on the job. If you have studied ICT though, it can help fast track your moving up the ranks.