Kick-starting a big data career
There remains a lot of untapped potential in IT, especially around big data. I want to use this potential to help solve the world’s problems and make a difference.
Bachelor of Information Technology, 2013
I graduated from Macquarie in 2013 with a Bachelor of Information Technology. Aside from the technical skills I gained, teamwork was the biggest skill that Macquarie helped me to develop. Being able to work both independently and in a team environment is essential for my career.
As part of the capstone requirement of my course, I completed a session-long PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) project for EY (formerly Ernst & Young). This allowed me to put into practice the knowledge gained from my course in a real-world scenario.
It was my first experience of the corporate world, delivering a practical solution to a real client. EY provided high-level requirements for the project, which we broke down to develop a functional product. I led a team of four other students on the project, and we frequently used the EY office in Sydney for meetings and project status updates.
After graduation I applied for, and was offered a place in, EY’s Vacationer Program, after which I joined full-time as a graduate consultant.
Two years on, I’ve again been involved with PACE. But now I represent EY as a client and supervise my own group of PACE students.
PACE provided the building blocks to begin my career at EY. I collaborated and networked with people who became my future colleagues, and was invited back to EY to present our project to executive leaders and partners. My PACE convenor at Macquarie acted as a mentor and manager, providing guidelines for planning and stakeholder management.
You should definitely take your PACE experiences seriously. You’re working with real clients on real projects. You never know what might come out of it – in my case, a kick-start to my career – and the industry contacts you gain may come in handy in the future.
Whatever your career goals, the skills you’ll hone through PACE will help get you there. Learn more about the pioneering PACE program.