Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Western Sydney and went to school around that area as well. In university, I worked as a café waiter for a short while then as a computing lab demonstrator. I also did an internship for a few months as a software test analyst for a small engineering company.
How did you get to your current job position?
I saw a job advertisement on a graduate recruitment site, applied, and passed the selection process. I’ve been at the job for about a year.
How did you choose your specialisation?
I prioritised what I enjoyed doing and what I was interested in, which were coding and augmented reality respectively.
What was your interview process like?
The job application process involved a phone interview, aptitude questions, face-to-face interviews and teamwork activities with other applicants. During the face-to-face interview, I remember being asked about my problem resolution skills. For example, what I think is a challenge I would encounter if I started working at the company and how I would resolve it. I was also asked to describe an instance of an issue occurring during teamwork in the past and how I resolved that issue.
What does your employer do?
DXC Technology is the world’s independent end-to-end IT services company that helps clients to harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. Quite simply, we use our years of experience running mission-critical systems with the latest digital innovations to deliver better business outcomes for our customers and their stakeholders.
In my case, the team that I’m part of provides design thinking consultation and rapid prototyping services.
What are your areas of responsibility?
A portion of the rapid prototyping that we do is the creation of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality application prototypes, which is my primary role. My responsibilities include making 3D models (i.e. virtual objects) and development of AR/VR apps, testing and working closely with clients to make sure we build exactly what they want.
Can you describe a typical workday?
When I get into work, the first thing that I do is check and answer emails. Then I attend a team weekly stand-up, where we update the status of projects that we are working on. When the team stand-up ends, I continue work on a prototype. Making AR/VR apps is a lot like game development, in that it requires a lot of creative input to make the experience engaging for the user. So sometimes I ask my co-workers for their feedback on how things look and feel. In the afternoon, there might be a couple of meetings with clients or project delivery teams.
The last thing I worked on was an augmented reality app showcasing the team’s work at an internal company event.
What are the career prospects with your job?
AR/VR is a growing industry. While applications like Pokemon Go and Beat Saber are helping consumers get used to the idea of consuming digital content in AR/VR, businesses seem eager to incorporate it into the workplace. In the future, I see mixed reality technologies becoming more commonplace in everyday life.
What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
If I started out in a different career path, I think I would eventually end up in a similar role to what I’m doing now, just at a different employer.
What do you love the most about your job?
I like the opportunity for creative input that it provides. Also, working with AR/VR technology can be trippy and fun. I like putting myself in the shoes of the user and asking myself “Would I enjoy this? Does this feel easy to use? Is this aesthetic suitable?”
What’s the biggest limitation of your job?
I have about the same amount of responsibility as my co-workers. We have a fixed amount of time to build each prototype. When we encounter a major change or problem, we might need to spend extra time at work resolving the issue to meet the deadline. The team environment is relaxed and friendly however so that helps to reduce stress levels.
Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current university student?
I’m not an expert on the following things by any measure but they’re things that resonate with me: