Vend Graduate Profiles

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Brittany Walker

  • Software Engineer
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Software Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?
Yes! I started my engineering degree planning to specialise in biomedical or chemical materials. However after doing the software paper in first year I decided to specialise in that instead.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
Probably overseas! In regards to my career, I really have no idea. I'm still discovering what aspects of software I enjoy the most, and therefore still figuring out where I may want to take my career in the future.

How valuable was your work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
My work experience helped me feel more confident that I would enjoy doing software once I finished university. That alone made it valuable for me. I enjoyed the problem solving and different challenges every day which meant that I could never get bored. I didn't have a clear idea of what exactly I wanted to do at that stage, it just made me certain that I did want to work in development.

Courtney Wright 

  • Software Engineer
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science Conjoint - Computer Science, Japanese and Korean

Did your career plans change as you studied?
I came into my studies knowing what I wanted to study but not the field I wanted to work in. I tried to keep my options as open as possible throughout my degree and considered many different paths. I wasn’t concerned about my career options as I knew that I’d be graduating with hard skills in technology from my BSc as well as soft skills from my BA. Towards the end of my degree, I decided to make working in software development my aim (while also keeping an eye out for other opportunities). This was because I enjoyed the problem solving aspect of software development and wanted good future job prospects. The skills and insights I gained from my part-time jobs, volunteering, and internship helped me to make this decision. I know that any experience in software development will prove to be valuable, regardless of what I end up doing in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I’m still figuring out my path and where my interests lie. During the few months I’ve spent as a Software Engineer, I've already experienced inequality and identified many issues that we still face in the tech community/workplace. I know that I’d like to have a positive impact on diversity and other issues in tech. I’ve also realised that improving the lives of others with my work is something that is very important to me. I’d like to be in a role that matches my goals and values. I’ve made sure to continue learning and challenging myself to figure out where I'd like to be in the next few years and to further develop my skills. Outside of work, I’m currently taking advantage of my Associate Membership at the university library to research topics I come across in my work and I’m attending German night classes as well.

How valuable was your work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
So far I’ve found my experience as a Software Engineer to be very valuable. Actually working in the role has allowed me to see if it suits me and I’ve been able to gain feedback from others which has helped me to identify my skills and strengths. I’ve been able to further define what I value in my work and work environment. Of course, I’ve also gained technical experience which has broadened my future opportunities. I’m not yet at the stage where I know where I want to go but this experience has provided me with a solid foundation for the future.