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CODE4FUN Students Reinvent the Resume Game

 

The resume as we know it may become a thing of the past thanks to the
imagination and inventive skills of Sydney coding students in the CODE4FUN
Christmas Coding Challenge 2018.

With employers spending an average of six seconds scanning a resume, and
companies like Microsoft receiving over two million applicants a year, knowing how
to stand out in an increasingly competitive and tech-driven world will be essential
for the next generation of jobseekers.

To help prepare them for the jobs of the future, CODE4FUN’s Create an
Interactive Resume Challenge saw over 280 students from 43 schools across
Sydney create a digital resume highlighting their skills, interests and achievements.
And after months of hard work, the impressive results show the future is in good
hands.

Judged on their creativity and originality, as well as their coding, design and
animation skills, students turned the traditional resume on its head by incorporating
gaming elements, animation and music to spark engagement and interest for the
user. The judging panel was impressed with the breadth of inventive submissions
that included an underwater submarine journey and an intergalactic space battle.

Thanks to the challenge supporters, Officeworks and ASUS, every participant took
home a prize and the three first place winners each took home an ASUS laptop.
The top 45 students were invited to visit the Microsoft Startup Hub Microsoft
Reactor Sydney and met with Annie Parker, Microsoft’s Global Head of Startups.

“I was surprised to learn how competitive it can be to get a job at places like Google
and Microsoft,” says Cooper Heriot, a student at The Forest High School, who won
first prize for his submarine journey resume that demonstrated his love for
animation and underwater photography. “The challenge really made me think about
how I could stand out from the crowd.”

“I had so much fun thinking of new and creative ways for me to share my skills and
passions with other people rather than just sticking with the traditional paper
resume that everyone else does,” says Kai Ishikawa from St Ives High School, who
won a top place for his cosmic space game resume that reveals his interests along
the way.

“The challenge really made me think about how I can do things differently to get
noticed and make my resume interesting and engaging for others to read,” added
Rafael Deubler from Rose Bay Secondary College who also took out a top prize for
his interactive resume that cleverly mimics the Microsoft desktop, complete with a
trashcan icon containing his ‘hopes and dreams’.

The challenge was the latest CODE4FUN initiative aimed at inspiring the next wave
of innovators and change makers, encouraging kids to develop valuable analytical
and presentation skills. Digital literacy is fast becoming a critical workplace skill with
coding one of the most vital languages of the new knowledge-based economy. The
more kids are equipped with the confidence and knowledge of technology and how
to use it, the better positioned they will be in their future careers.

Co-Founder and Director of CODE4FUN, Grigory Punanov says, “We had an
overwhelmingly positive response to this challenge because the students were
given the opportunity to not only showcase their passions and talents, but to also
think outside the box and challenge the way resumes are traditionally presented.
We continue to be amazed by the inventiveness of our students, the quality of work
continues to improve with every challenge.”

You are welcome to check the winners’ resumes below:

Cooper – First place & ASUS laptop in Unity 3D category, Pro coding class in Mosman

Project link: https://adiggins.itch.io/cooper-heriot-resume

Rafael – First place & ASUS laptop in Java & Processing category, Pro coding class in Bondi Junction

Project link: http://raf-resume.herokuapp.com/

Kai – First place & ASUS laptop in Scratch category, Advanced coding class in Glenhaven

Project link: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/247640805/