Although he is one of the top students of graduate diploma course in Computing at Unitec, Vincent Wong was faced with the dilemma which eventually confronts most new graduates – how do you find work in your specialised field when prospective employers usually demand prior experience?
Fortunately for Vincent, the opening of the IBM Delivery Centre at Unitec provided an opportunity for him to gain that all-important experience.
“My main reason for approaching IBM Delivery Centre first was to increase my industry experience. Although I knew I would be competing with other strong Unitec students for one of their Software Development roles, it was just too good to miss the opportunity,” he said.
However, he admitted that he was nervous during the application process.
“The initial online registration was fine as it gave me a chance to show which of my course papers had given me the required skills. But interviews are always slightly stressful, because you are never sure what questions would be asked,” he said.
Vincent obviously excelled during the interview as he was offered a role with IBM.
“The work that I have been doing for IBM has certainly lived up to my expectations. It is exciting, and at times challenging. We are constantly introduced to new technologies and problem solving techniques,” Vincent said.
“I appreciate all the efforts that IBM has made to match students with appropriate projects so that their abilities are fully utilised. And my Unitec studies have formed the foundation on which I’ve developed all my subsequent work skills.”
“Even if those first steps are the hardest, my overall IBM experience has been great. Although I could always see how much I would gain by working with them, perhaps others need to consider what they could lose by not doing so.”
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Photo : Vincent Wong