Diamond actively recruits the best IT brains in the market. Our staff are recognised industry leaders and innovators, and we are proud to support the development of the next wave of IT professionals in the Hunter Region. We'd like you to meet Angus Atkinson, our Software Development Intern.
Angus is 18 years old and has recently completed Year 12 at Merewether High School, studying an impressive range of subjects including Software Design & Development, Maths Extension 2, Physics, Chemistry, English Advanced and Engineering Studies.
As a highly motivated, capable and self-taught coder, Angus reached out to the Diamond IT Team to seek out a work experience position between the end of school and before university.
We sat down with Angus to find out what first interested him in a career in IT, what advice he would give other school leavers, and ‘what’s next’ for this up-and-comer.
What first interested you in a career in IT?
I first tried coding in year 6 after a friend introduced me to a ‘teach yourself’ coding website. I really enjoyed it and it quickly became a hobby. I enjoy the problem solving aspect behind IT, and that it’s so logical.
I like understanding how computers work, and the more that you code the more that you understand how they work. It is insane to consider that all we can accomplish with today’s complex technology, at the most basic level it simply boils down to a series of electrical signals that indicate either ‘on’ or ‘off’.
What made you apply for work experience at Diamond IT?
I know that it’s really important for school leavers to get as much experience on your resume as you can, and it’s a great way to get a head start on learning before you start formal education. When I started looking for companies to contact, I realised that I had a connection in my network to Diamond IT, and so reached out to see if they would be interested in taking me on as an intern.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on during your time with us?
The most interesting and challenging project I have worked on is an internal application to sync information between Dynamics 365 and Dynamics NAV, which involved shifting custom data between the two systems.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
I’ve learnt so much about software engineering from the entire development team, especially how to create robust applications through good design and error handling. I’ve really enjoyed working in the team, and being able to contribute to real-world projects. I’ve appreciated my skills being fully utilised and the fact that they’ve included me in multiple projects. I’m grateful that the team have taken the time to mentor me and help further develop my skills. I’d like to thank Geoff, Lucas, Giang and the entire Diamond IT Team for having me.
What advice would you give other school leavers?
Make sure you meet as many people in the industry you are interested in as you can. Go to all the career events that you can through school and get in contact with people you meet, get your resume out there and start the conversation about work experience, it’s those contacts that you’ll be able to draw on later.
What’s ‘next’ for Angus?
I have been awarded a scholarship to go to ANU in Canberra to study a Bachelor of Advanced Computing which is a 4 year course. I’ll be moving to Canberra and living on campus, starting late Feb 2020. I hope to keep in touch with Diamond IT while I’m studying.