I was born and raised in Guangdong, China and came to Australia in 2009 for undergraduate study.
I was in Fenner Hall during my entire degree and it was a great experience! Living in a College really helped me settle into the university life. Different programs and activities organized in Fenner Hall provided me great opportunities to meet new friends, share experiences, get advice from senior students and connect to the much boarder community.
I started with Bachelor of Science in February 2010 and then transferred to Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) after the first semester. I have been interested in Maths and Science since I was very young. I didn’t know what to major in when I first started at university so I chose a Science degree. I love the flexibility of ANU’s program. In my first semester I chose 4 courses in different areas of Science, decided I would love to spend more time in programming, so I transferred to Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours). Program advisors and course convenors in both colleges gave me good advice and made the transition very smooth for me.
I was actively involved in student societies, such as ASIECE and the International Student Department, and gained various working experiences in Fenner Hall as well as ANU Information Technology Services department. Through those actives, I stepped out of my confront zone, developed my interpersonal skills, communication skills, time-management skills, expanded my connection networks, and put myself in a relatively competitive position when I was applying for graduate jobs.
The courses that I took as part of my degree were very interesting and challenging. Lecturers and tutors are very experienced in teaching and most of them have are links to and experience in industry. Even today, I still find some of the techniques I learnt at ANU, such as scientific and critical thinking, an engineering approach and creative ways to solve problems have been a great asset for my career development.
Whilst studying I took a summer course at the National University of Singapore under IARU Global Summer Program. I also went on exchange for one semester to ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Studying at ETH Zurich was a remarkable experience which I will never forget. Switzerland has its unique culture and natural beauty and I got the chance to travel around Switzerland and Europe during weekends and holiday.
I joined Suncorp group as an intern after I graduated, then rolled into their graduate program after that. I have been working in Suncorp group for nearly 2 years now, and I get the chance to rotate into different projects, different teams, continually learning from my peers and senior colleagues. Currently I am working as a Software Developer in an Agile team to build new features into our Life Insurance products.
Since moved to Sydney, I have joined some IT meetup groups and I go to these meetups regularly. It’s a great platform to keep up to date with the industry trends and new technology. I would recommend others do the similar thing if they would like to invest in learning and in continuously improving.
I love the Alumni Mentoring Program that the ANU offers to its alumni. I got matched to a great mentor and received some very helpful advice from him. This is a great way to get connected with other alumni, learn from each other and build up the ANU alumni network.
Engineering and Computer Science is fun! You will have a very bright, challenging but rewarding career ahead of you! Teaching staff in the college are very experienced and helpful, get to know them, ask for advice and you will get the most out of the program.
Also try different things, pick an elective course from a different college, go to student association events, go on exchange, look for work experience early, the College of Engineering & Computer Science will provide you with a great platform to help you achieve your goals and build on your success.