School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Evan Wong

Evan Wong

Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)

Business Analyst, Macquarie Group

Kids being fascinated with machines or buildings end up pursuing something like mechanical engineering or architecture respectively

It’s cliché but since I was young, I’ve always had a fascination with computers, which led me to pursue a degree in software engineering.

Since leaving uni, having a software engineering degree, you’d expect to deal with code day in and day out. Not true in my case.

My formal title says I’m an IT Professional in Macquarie Group, which honestly, is pretty vague. What I do on a daily basis in Macquarie is more of what you’d expect a Business Analyst to do. It’s a very steep learning curve having to deal with financial terms I’ve never come across before, but the skills I’ve learnt in uni prepared me for this. What my engineering degree has given me is a solid technical base but at the same time, I picked up invaluable experiences and non-technical skills.

People say that when you’re out of uni, you won’t apply what you’ve learnt in uni in the real world. Whoever said that did not realise that a degree is more than just a piece of paper. It’s a life experience.

You might not realise it but you actually do end up applying the skills you picked up at uni on a daily basis. I know I am - every single day. They also say that your uni years are the best years of your life, and whoever said that knew exactly what uni is all about.

 

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