Xero Graduate Profile

Meet Xero at the CDES Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Expo!

James Won

  • Graduate Software Developer - Xero
  • Master of Information Technology

Did your career plans change as you studied?
Initially, I knew that I was interested in information technology in general but I was not 100% sure about what kind of role or career I could pursue beyond my studies. My time at university was an important and formative period where I gained the knowledge, insights and experiences to solidify the career path that has brought me to Xero.

During my studies, I explored a number of different areas such as data science related papers, computer theory papers as well hands on software papers. I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed programming and using code to solve problems. At events such as career fairs and industry talks, I was able to gain better insight into the software development industry and learn about the diverse problems that various companies such as Xero were solving through software development. I vividly remember the fateful day visiting the Xero booth at the CDES careers fair in 2017 and being attracted to how Xero was using software to solve real-world problems that accountants and businesses were facing. From these various insights and experiences, I settled on my goal to pursue a career in software development, specifically hoping to work on software that are solving big real-world problems at scale.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I really love the work that I am doing now at Xero. I hope to see myself continuing to contribute towards building and improving high performance software that solve significant problems for real people and organisations. Hopefully by this time I will have a lot of experience under my belt and can take more of a leadership role in pushing the envelope of what can be done through software. Above all, I want to be still learning and growing my understanding and passion in the field.

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?
My internship and work experiences during university were vital in preparing me for the work I am doing now at Xero. Working on real projects with real stakeholders helped me build on my academic learning from university. It helped me gain confidence in my technical abilities and in my ability to learn on the job. Also and perhaps most importantly, it was a great opportunity to build strong relationships with colleagues and learn to work effectively within teams.