Tamina Pitt is a Wuthathi and Meriam woman working to make Google Maps easy to use. She shares how she went about landing a gig at Google and what she likes about working for this tech giant.
I interned at Google three times while I was studying computer engineering at uni. When I first applied, I never thought I would end up working there and had no idea what kind of role I wanted for my future. But the internship really solidified my desire to be a software engineer.
I’ve been working with the Google Maps team for about a year now. My team is responsible for delivering the directions experience when you use Maps, which involves writing code and design docs. I really enjoy working on directions because it’s such a big part of how people navigate the world. One of the things that made me want to work at Google is a lot of the products are free and accessible to people from all over the world.
I was really into maths and science as a kid. I chose engineering as I thought it was a great way to be a part of this space where you’re creating new technology and using your skills to solve problems.
Graduating from uni was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it’s also one of my biggest accomplishments. Wearing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sash when I graduated made me feel really proud.
One of the mistakes I made when I was younger was not getting enough hands-on experience to see how I felt about engineering. It’s important to make sure you’re engaging with people working in science and engineering to learn about what they’re up to. Taking part in competitions is also a great way to get your hands dirty.
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Tamina’s study and career path to becoming a software engineer at Google
- Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering), UNSW
- STEP Intern, Google
- Software Engineering Intern, Google
- Software Engineer, Google
You can follow Tamina in Twitter here: @taminap
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Author: Gemma Chilton
Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.