Fast Enterprises Graduate Profile
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- Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science Conjoint (Computer Science, Criminology and Sociology)
Did your career plans change as you studied?
When I entered uni I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the tech sector, although I wasn’t sure where exactly. Fortunately, as I studied I discovered which aspects of computer science I enjoyed most, and this helped me realise the kind of work I’d like to do.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I’m not sure where I want to be specifically in 5-10 years’ time, but I do see myself still working in the tech sector. I like the idea of being in the kind of role that allows me to help and support people, and to be someone my colleagues can rely on. I’d also like to be working overseas, and that’s very likely, seeing as I’m lucky enough to work for a company with projects around the world.
How valuable was your internship or work experience as a student?
How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
I did three internships as a student and each one was invaluable in helping me develop my skills and influence my decisions about the kind of jobs I’d apply for later.
I loved my first internship in software development – I learned a lot and the people were awesome. Working there made me realise how important it is to have a great work environment and colleagues you like and can learn from.
My second internship was in the IT department of Auckland Council, where I was able to try a variety of different things. This really helped me understand exactly what I wanted to do when I finished studying.
I did my third internship with a small company in Japan. It was an amazing experience which really helped me grow, and made me realise how much I wanted to work for a company that would give me the opportunity to be overseas within the next few years.
I’d really encourage students to pursue internships or work experience while studying as it’s a great way to apply the things you’ve learned at uni, to develop your ‘soft skills’ and to help you decide what you want in your career.