During a whirlwind four day tour, 45 Australian National University students travelled to Sydney to meet with leading technology companies such as Canva, Atlassian, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dolby, Freelancer, Palantir and Google.
The annual Sydney Tech Trip is hosted by the ANU Computer Science Student Association (CSSA) and provides an opportunity for students to gain insightful industry knowledge and make new friends while exploring Sydney.
Students were given tours, attended workshops and panel discussions while networking with business leaders to explore and understand future career opportunities.
Reilly, a fourth year Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) student said the highlight was the visit to Canva, a hugely successful Australian start-up company globally recognised for it's web based template graphic solutions.
“We were given three talks about the development strategy behind Canva along with a tour where we could ask questions as we went. The entire workplace had a very cozy, open and rustic design” said Reilly.
“Canva was, in my opinion, one of the best company tours. The time dedicated to Q&A as well as the depth of knowledge given in the talks made us feel like potential employees. It was also apparent that everyone there was excited that we were there and it made us feel valued” he said.
Robin, a fourth year Bachelor of Science student shared his experience at Sydney’s Google headquarters.
“After a brief talk about the company and the Sydney branch we toured the offices, wowed by climbing wall, breakaway areas and colourful design of the place” she said.
“When the tour concluded we sat down to a Q&A session with the some of the tech leads, discussing the future of Google, employment opportunities, and Australia’s involvement in a global internet business space”.
CSSA President Jay Hansen who coordinated the event said that the student experience was tremendously positive.
“The trip was great success! Students provided positive feedback on the varied range of networking opportunities and learning experiences. The trip helped them to consolidate their lingering questions around industry, and provided answers and insights really well” Jay explained.
The CSSA Sydney Tech Trip is a student association led opportunity with seed funding provided from the College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Experience Fund.
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