NZ network administrator set to take on world

A young Gen-I network administrator hopes to beat the world when she takes part in the World Skills Competition in Korea.

A young Gen-I network administrator hopes to beat the world when she takes part in the World Skills Competition in Korea.

Rochelle Eaton is our representaive in the IT section - one of 12 Kiwis attending the September Olympic-style event.

Eaton was selected after a medal-winning performance at the Youth Skills NZ (YSNZ) National Finals last year.

Rochelle says she will be tested in Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and possibly Front Page. She will have to create things with the programs such as databases, spread sheets, mailmergers, letters, brochures, websites and do presentations.

Eaton, who looks after the Air New Zealand account, says she has been training for the event for four years, having won the Auckland regional event in 1998 and also coming a national third in IT in 1999. She heads to a similar event in Sydney next month and hopes this will be good experience for the world contest, which features 600 competitors.

All competitors are aged under 22. In addition to raising $5500, they must also agree to a rigorous upskilling programme. Some 45 skills will be tested.

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