Sandfield Intern Profiles

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Afan Ahmed

  • Intern at Sandfield
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Mechatronics Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?
The short answer, definitely. The long answer, going into university I didn't really have any bearing of what I wanted to do as a career. All I knew is that I enjoyed math and physics and therefore applied to engineering. After the general year of engineering I found myself studying as a Software Engineer. After a year of doing this engineering specialisation I felt that this still wasn't what I wanted to do and made a swap to Mechatronics Engineering. Thankfully I did, because throughout the course of my mechatronics degree I found my passion for web development, particularly front-end development. I'm now coming back full circle and studying up to be a Software Engineer informally, as well as a Mechatronics Engineer formally. I now feel I have a solid idea of my career plans as I approach the end of my university degree.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
In 5-10 years I see myself working as a intermediate - senior developer. With enough knowledge and experience acquired that I feel comfortable teaching interns like myself and passing down advice I'll attain in years to come.

How valuable was your internship for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
My internship at Sandfield is definitely my first big step towards pursuing my passion to be a software developer and I can't be more grateful for the accommodating team I have at Sandfield and people working there in general. I have already acquired a vast array of new skills and I am always learning more with every passing day. It's very valuable being in a proper working environment and being apart of the software development lifecycle first hand because it is very different to what I have done when working on personal projects or at university. It has also helped me in reassuring myself that this is in fact what I really want to do for years to come.

William Guntur

  • Intern at Sandfield
  • Bachelor of Science - Computer Science and Information Systems

Did your career plans change as you studied?
Yes, I was originally doing Civil Engineering but I soon switched to Computer Science and Information Systems. Going into university, I only knew I wanted to go into STEM education so I initially enrolled into engineering, and chose civil because others recommended it. I eventually switched over because I have always liked working with technology and I enjoy the work environments that developers work in. I also found I had an interest in the business side of technology so choosing the Bachelor of Science allowed me to be flexible in my choices of papers and explore that too.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I'd like to be working with the latest technologies as an intermediate/senior developer.

How valuable was your internship for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
My internship at Sandfield has been such a big leap for me as a developer. I haven't had any exposure to working on real code in production so I am grateful for the opportunity. As a software company, the developers here are immersed in all aspects of the development life cycle. That has really appealed to me because I could gain experience that would normally be split into several roles at other companies.