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Wai Leong Lau
University of Sydney
AWS Developer/DevOps Engineer
Wai Leong studied Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology at University of Sydney
What's your job about?
The AWS practice at DXC leverages our skills and experiences to help customers revolutionise their businesses. My role entails the automation of our AWS infrastructure and the development of innovative applications. I am currently working on a virtual reality application that leverages AWS’ artificial intelligence product offerings. The application aims to create a unique and interactive experience with customer businesses.
What's your background?
I grew up in Sydney. My first job was at KFC but I didn’t understand how to work hard until my second job as a waiter. It’s amazing the number of things you learn in a hospitality/retail job. Initially when I applied for the role at DXC, I did not know much about the company.
When I attended the assessment centre for DXC, I was amazed by the passion of the employees and the work environment. Lesson learned. Never judge a book by its cover.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Absolutely! When I first started, I had no AWS knowledge, but through the support of my team and manager, I have excelled at my role. Everyone at DXC has been extremely supportive. It doesn’t matter what culture, gender or background you come from. If you are willing to learn and have a passion to succeed, you will excel here.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
My ideas are never ignored. DXC has been extremely supportive of new ideas. I approached my manager about developing a virtual reality application and within a few minutes I had his full support.
What are the limitations of your job?
Nothing is given, everything is earned. Like most things in life, nothing at DXC is handed to you on a silver platter. If you have an idea or just want to learn a new concept you need to reach out to your team/manager.
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
During induction week Tim Meng Ching, CTO of DXC Cybersecurity, gave me some advice I will never forget.
Think BIG, think FAR.
- B - Believe in yourself
- I - Have Integrity in your work. Expand your knowledge while not sacrificing your current job
- G - Grow your career
- F - Build your Foundation. Understand your basics before you expand your knowledge
- A - Apply your knowledge. You cannot truly understand without practical application
- R - Consider the Relevance of what you have learned to the industry