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Abbey Van De Vorst

Backend software engineer

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For software engineer Abbey Van De Vorst, scoring a role at Canva has been the perfect way to kickstart her career

“I’ve always liked making things,” says Abbey, “and I loved computer science in high school, so when I found that engineering wasn’t for me in the first semester of uni, I made the switch.”

After completing her computer science degree at the University of Queensland, Abbey applied for every job she could find, including one at graphic design giant Canva: “I never expected to get an interview, let alone a job offer!”

The fast-paced environment appealed to her and Canva’s ethical values aligned with her own, so accepting a role as a backend software engineer was an easy decision. “I wanted to do something that I was passionate about and where the day-to-day work excited and challenged me,” Abbey says.

She thinks the best thing about working at Canva is learning new things and working with talented engineers, plus she loves combining technology and creativity.

“I’m constantly having to think outside the box to solve problems,” she says, “and that takes a lot of creativity.”

Abbey’s pathway

This article was brought to you in partnership with the University of Queensland and was originally published in Careers with STEM: Technology.

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