Want to improve the way things work? Discover the fast-paced world of startups at x15ventures.
Startups are business ventures that start small and can have a big impact. Think SpaceX, Canva, or The Iconic. They started out with a smart idea and transformed the way that we travel to space, create designs and do our shopping.
x15ventures is a startup accelerator powered by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). It builds, acquires and invests in early-stage startups that have the potential to transform the way the bank serves its 15 million customers. For example, helping people navigate buying a home with Home-in, a digital conveyancing service (conveyancing is the legal work involved in preparing sale documents). Home-in is now part of the CommBank app for home buyers.
Working at x15
Jaime Di Laudo works as a product designer at x15. She first became interested in tech after an internship at CBA on the back of studying media at uni. “x15 is an exciting place to be because everything is up for grabs – everyone has a role to play,” she says. “It’s easy to only think of the classic STEM careers, such as being an engineer or a scientist, and decide ‘that’s not for me’, but there’s so much variety, and a lot of transferable skills.”
“A big part of my role as a product designer is conducting customer research interviews to ensure we’re solving the right problems. Having strong communications skills from my studies has really helped with that,” she says.
Stay open to opportunity
“Even if you’re not currently studying a STEM subject, a career in tech is always an option,” says Jaime. She also emphasises that you don’t need to have all the answers, or a map for your career.
“In high school I didn’t know product design and UX (User Experience) even existed!” she says. “It’s hard to know what’s out there, so I’d encourage people to focus on taking the first step, soaking up the experience and being open to the guidance and opportunities that will naturally emerge.”
Jaime’s study and career path
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