By:  Heather Catchpole
October 4th, 2018

Study at New Zealand’s #1 uni for computer science

Studying at the University of Auckland can prep you for an amazing career.

Learning on the job will be a big part of your future employment.

Anyone can pick up skills in coding at any time – and have fun with it! You can also work across diverse industries such as medicine, design, engineering, architecture and transport.

Computer Science (CS) at the University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand and 51st in the world.

You can study CS through the business, engineering or science faculties.

“What I learnt from uni was how to map out a problem and how to approach it,” says transport planner at MRCagney Pty Ltd and engineering science graduate Danielle Gatland.

“I use a lot of the design process in my work. In uni, you are given challenges and you learn different approaches to solving them.”

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Danielle’s career path:

>> Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering Science/Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland

>> Algorithm developer, Compac sorting equipment

>> Transport Planner, MRCagney Pty Ltd

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Find out more about Danielle Gatland, transport planner.

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Business boost: Ena Sun

“In my second year at uni, I got an internship at Xero and started working there part-time,” says University of Auckland science graduate Ena Sun. She then scored a grad role once she’d finished her Bachelor of Science/Commerce degree.

“The goal at Xero is to make accounting for small and medium businesses as easy and stress-free as possible. The tech industry is largely about helping society, whether it’s helping people stay connected, or making resources more easily accessible to those who need it.”

Ena’s advice: “Go for it. If you love what you’re doing, focus on that.”

 

Ena’s career path from the University of Auckland

> > Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Commerce (Finance)

> > Intern and graduate developer, Xero

> > Developer, Xero

 

Assessing risk in tech: Shree Govindji

After specialising in information systems as part of her uni degree, Shree Govindji was all set to embark on her Masters when she was offered a graduate job with EY as a risk advisory consultant.

“In high school, my perception of a tech job was that you needed to know coding and you’d be sitting behind a computer screen working on projects all day. But it’s not like that. There’s a lot of interaction with internal teams and external organisations.

In my job, I’ve worked on a cybersecurity project around identity and access management, and IT risk assurance audits. I enjoy all types of work I’ve done so far, but I aim to develop more skills in the cybersecurity area in the future as it combines my interest in technology, security and design.

The job opportunities arising in technology are growing and organisations are actively hiring more women to balance the gender roles.”

Shree’s advice: “Be excited about STEM academic and career opportunities and do your research early on. There are plentiful options within STEM that are suited to many types of interests.”

 

Shree’s career path from the University of Auckland

> > Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems and Marketing)

> > Master of Commerce

> > Advisory Consultant, EY

– Heather Catchpole

 


This article brought to you in partnership with the University of Auckland.

“What I learnt from uni was how to map out a problem and how to approach it”

Read more about Danielle Gatland, transport planner (above).
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“Go for it. If you love what you’re doing, focus on that.”

– Ena Su

“Be excited about STEM academic and career opportunities and do your research early on. There are plentiful options within STEM that are suited to many types of interests.”

– Shree Govindji
Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs

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