Coretex Graduate Profiles

Meet Coretex at the 2019 CDES Internship Expo on 1 August!

Alex Cashmore 

  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
  • Software Developer, Coretex 

What is it like working for Coretex and was it what you expected or was it different?
Having a position at a fast paced, successful company like Coretex means putting your best foot forward every day, being surrounded, and supported by people who are driven to do the same.

I knew a bit about them before I joined, but I never expected it to be so easy to adjust and hit the ground running. The people I work with are professional, yet friendly and the management is extremely organized.

The company places a huge amount of value on people; both its own people and the customers and that really surprised me.

What advice would you give to students wanting to take part in an internship/graduate programme?

  • Ensure you have a visible passion for whatever field you intend to enter.
  • Form connections with friends of friends, professors and other classmates.
  • Being pleasant to work with is more important than making a big impression.
  • We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
I also have a passion for people and would love to help play a role onboarding and mentoring of newcomers. It can be daunting starting at a new company and I was very fortunate to have had people who had my back all the way, while I learned the ropes.

Yongkang (Lawrence) Song 

  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
  • Software Developer, Coretex

What is it like working for Coretex and was it what you expected or was it different?
I got a great opportunity from Coretex when I graduated from the University of Auckland. I am currently working in the Innovation team which is a research and development team. In this team, we have a chance to learn the latest technology from a different area e.g. IoT, hardware design, C/C++, mobile app, cloud computing, web development, etc. I have gained a lot of valuable experience.

Before I joined Coretex, I only had basic knowledge of software programming, and my goal was to become a web developer. However, I completely changed my mind after working in Coretex as there are so many interesting areas in this company. I have learned how to develop hardware and make a prototype using micro-controller and manual soldering. Imagine you can make a sensor with your hand, what an interesting thing it is.

Coretex also has a good management team. We can learn how they manage products and resources that will be our great wealth.

What advice would you give to students wanting to take part in an internship/graduate programme?

  • DO NOT easily say NO
    When you are facing some problems, do not easily give up, you should open your mind and try to find a way to solve your problem.
  • Learn as much as you can
    If you want to grow fast and you want to gain more, please learn more. Trying new things can make you more creative.
  • Step out of your comfort zone
    Challenging yourself can help you perform at your peak.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I like programming. It is not only my job but also part of my life. I like to use technology to make our life easier. I love how Coretex brought me into the “Fleet Management” industry. Our knowledge and the latest technology can help many companies to reduce accident rates and save people’s lives. That is our achievement.

I want to continue to improve my technical level within 3-5 years and work with people I can really learn from. For the long-term goal, I want to become a senior software/hardware engineer. I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy.