FNZ Intern Profile

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William Li

  • Software Engineering
  • Intern

Did your career plans change as you studied?
I did not really have any solid career plans when starting university. I figured I would do my best, take any opportunity that I found interesting and see how I go. Each course presented different content that was interesting in its own way. I thought as a career I would work in any one of the many fields in software engineering, whether that be app development or database design, and find it interesting. My career plans gradually developed as I found things I was passionate about and enjoyed, but I still have an open mind to try anything.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
The great thing about software engineering is that there are so many different things to do and places to go that I can honestly say I have no idea where I will be in the future. I used to think software engineering would confine me to an office but an office with Nerf Guns, foosball tables and casual drinks wouldn’t be so bad. I would love to have the chance to go overseas which is easily possible with software. I hope I will be working somewhere, whether that be a start-up or a larger company where I can innovate and build new and exciting technology.

How valuable was your internship OR work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
Working at FNZ was invaluable for me to develop skills and experience, but more importantly to see what software engineering was really like in industry. All the skills and knowledge learnt at university, such as about the software development life cycle or database design put into practice has the same core concepts but is on a completely different scale in industry. Working helped me gain an appreciation of the things I learnt at university while also showing me how much more there is to learn. I also got to learn a lot of new things very fast and have fun while doing so, whether that be firing Nerf Guns, having banter or working on new features and seeing them pushed out onto real platforms. My internship helped me experience different areas of software engineering, as I worked in the delivery team and in production support. This helped me decide what parts in software engineering I enjoy to fine-tune where I want to head.