Software Engineering

Discover how Hannah is designing her future career in software, embracing concepts like user interface, accessibility and game development.

Hannah Sampson

"I picked the University of Auckland because of its excellent reputation for engineering and computer science. I’d like to get into user interface or games. I enjoy looking at how easy things are to use – being able to work with people to make things accessible and intuitive is really interesting.

“We’ve done some big projects and it’s so rewarding to see the connection between lectures and what actually happens in a work environment. Later in my career I’d like to be able to apply everything we’ve learned about usability to what I do. I’d like to work in very graphical media, analyse how people interact with programs and work towards making products more user friendly. I’d love to go to a big company like Google or Microsoft, or Weta Workshop. I’m working at Google in Sydney for 12 weeks over summer.

“It’s good to be involved in Uni outside of study, too. The Software Engineering Association runs game nights and networking events, and WEN (Women in Engineering Network) is really cool. I’m also a Tuākana tutor for first year Māori and Pacific students. It’s so much fun and really rewarding; I love to come in and help out with projects.”