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Charles Sturt University
Associate Professional: Design Engineer
Elisa studied Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in System Administration at Charles Sturt University
What's your job about?
DXC provides IT services worldwide leveraging alliances with several partners. My team (Delivery Architecture) is responsible for designing and delivering solutions to clients. These solutions are based on what has been sold to clients by other teams.
I work with Architects and Engineers to identify the technical design of the solution and implementation. My daily work involves working on a project or more than one and performing identified tasks to achieve deliverables in order to deliver a component of the solution. These tasks are usually technical tasks, which could range from performing something on a server/computer to writing a script to automating a process or several tasks. People that do not work in IT, do not usually understand what I do. Generally speaking, I work on computers.
What's your background?
I grew up in Italy where I spent 25 years before coming to Australia.
I completed elementary, secondary and high school in Italy graduating as a bookkeeper. I worked as bookkeeper, receptionist and many other positions in Italy. I decided to leave my country in search of adventure and a better future. At the time, I had a good job but wanted something different.
When I came to Australia in 2010, I enjoyed it so much that I wanted it to become home.
In order to stay permanently, I decided to pursue a different career path and I started studying IT. I was not sure it was the right career but I discovered that I am really passionate about it.
After 4 years of studying, I graduated as System Admin with the hope to find a job in IT.
I got this job soon after graduating. I was looking for a graduate position that would allow me to start my career in IT. A friend that worked for DXC, suggested to apply for this graduate program. I have been working for this company for nine months so far.
Leaving my country has definitely shaped me. I have encountered many difficulties during this journey, but I have always tried to stay focused on my goals and to be optimistic.
I have understood that every experience, good or bad, shapes you. It is in your hands to recognise positive outcomes versus negative ones.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes, my position is a technical position; although it requires some technical expertise, it can be learned. Anyone willing to learn and with a passion for IT can do it.
When it comes to my job, important characteristics that someone should have are willingness to learn, ability to quickly adapt to changes, ability to work well individually as well as in a team, problem-solving skills, willingness to try anything before saying: I can’t do it!
Remember anything is possible, you just need to be motivated, put some effort in it and you will be rewarded.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to learn from the best. My team is responsible for the implementation of solutions that are complex and complicated. Seeing team members in action and being able to contribute even in a small way is invaluable. I enjoy any kind of task; even if they may be repetitive and tedious at times, I take it as an opportunity to improve my skills and knowledge. The fact that team members assign me important responsibilities made me realise that I am a true part of the team.
What are the limitations of your job?
The amount of responsibility that I have depends on my colleagues and how capable I am of doing what is needed. The more I progress, the more responsibilities I have. I do not usually work on weekends but if there are some project activities planned on a weekend, I do. For instance, I worked on the Easter weekend for a client migration.
My job is not physically demanding, however, it may be tiring sometimes.
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
- Try to look for any opportunity that allows you to meet new people. Increasing your network can bring job opportunities. Meeting the right people on the right occasion can help your career.
- Never say no to a challenge. You could discover a new skill or something you are passion about that you never knew.
- Be willing to accept jobs that you don’t like. They can shape you and make you the person you want to become.