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Welcoming this year’s graduate intake – reflections on Graduate Bootcamp 2019

Each year at Intergen and Empired we welcome a new cohort of exciting new graduates. They’re a diverse group, with different backgrounds, interests and strengths which add immense value to our business.

Intergen Graduates 2019

For most, starting at Intergen and Empired marks their first experience working in a full-time, corporate position. We kick-start their working lives with Graduate Bootcamp. This four-day, intensive learning experience helps these talented individuals get to know Intergen and find their place on our team.

In 2019 graduates experienced a revamped and re-Intergenised programme. Using our Thinking Forward values as the foundation, we rebuilt the experience so that every activity drove a lesson about how we serve our clients. They lived and breathed Intergen, and our Yellow Ambassadors (representatives from the business) were on-hand to show them the ropes. Here’s a taste of what we got up to…

We Earn Our Expert Status

With a little guidance from our experts at Intergen, the grads quickly learned to use a new technology (Microsoft PowerApps, PowerBI and Flow) and developed solutions for real customers. Our judges were blown away by the calibre of the final presentations! These included a solution to easily track warehouse stock quantities and ways to streamline reporting for roadside maintenance issues.

We unite as one team

Many of our activities inspired teamwork, but our time at the Circus Hub fast-tracked connections between grads and our senior leaders. Trust and clear communication certainly develop as you counterbalance your colleague’s weight, while both suspended from a trapeze! Our time at the circus helped grads grow from individuals into a united cohort, with the common experience of having pushed their personal limits to the extreme!

We’re Passionate Because It’s Personal

One of the first sessions at bootcamp was the Intergen Tech Expo. While designed to create connections across the business, a bonus was igniting each grads’ personal passion for what we do at Intergen. We invited a wide range of Intergenites to demonstrate their work in an informal, conversational environment. Grads got hands-on with products and engaged the creators in detailed questions about how this work came to be. From day one, our graduates visualise themselves working for our clients and are excited to develop creative solutions that help real organisations to grow.

It feels good to be our client

On day three came the Ultimate Challenge: create a piece of ‘Intergen art’, as commissioned by our CEO, Simon Bright. As the day progressed the scope grew, the demands changed, resources were diverted to other projects… everyone realised time was suddenly very short! No matter the challenge, they were determined to deliver on-time, on-budget and meet the client’s every requirement. Even with a detour to Matiu Somes Island, all teams successfully presented meaningful (and entertaining) solutions to their very happy client.

You can believe what we say

Throughout bootcamp, grads were part of many different challenges and worked in a number of teams – all with conflicting timeframes and evolving expectations. Through every difficulty we watched our graduates build and maintain integrity with their peers. They had to be clear on their roles, what they personally could achieve as part of a team and communicate honestly when plans didn’t go as intended! They learned that it’s one thing to proclaim expertise; but your words are meaningless without the action and integrity to get the job done.

In a short time, this group of individuals became a team who are connected to our values, our people and are excited about our dynamic work environment.

Watch out world. Intergen is bursting with new and talented energy, and they’re eager to solve any challenge you hand them!

Here’s what our grads had to say about their Bootcamp experience…

Max Griffith

Max GriffithName: Max Griffith

Studied: Software Engineering

Position at Intergen: Grad Developer, Dynamics CRM

Location: Auckland

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Challenging, team-building, social, entertaining and educational.

What did I enjoy the most? Meeting the new Grads and Intergenites.

Any surprises? Wellington actually had good weather! Also, the Circus gym was a welcome surprise!

Biggest lesson learned? Hibiscus plants are a major biohazard when intruding on DoC conservation sites…

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Be persistent in your job hunt and know what you’re looking for! Also, if you haven’t already, start a personal project because the experience is invaluable.

Cecilia Fang

Cecilia FangName: Cecilia Fang

Studied: Law and Commerce (Economics and International business)

Position at Intergen: Graduate Consultant, Dynamics AX

Location: Auckland

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Challenging, fun, friendly, dynamic and energetic.

What did I enjoy the most? The circus practise.

Any surprises? Everyday! We were given no warning as to what we’d be doing each day and were constantly thrown curve balls for the challenges.

Biggest lesson learned? All about juggling multiple projects and coping with changes in project requirements and time pressures.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Be passionate!!!

Neha Menezes

Neha MenezesName: Neha Menezes

Studied: Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Information Systems and Marketing

Position at Intergen: Grad Consultant, Dynamics AX

Location: Auckland

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Educational,  enjoyable, interactive, valuable and fun.

What did I enjoy the most? Getting to know the other grads and the visit to Somes Island.

Any surprises? Visiting the circus hub, which was fun!

Biggest lesson learned? What it means to be an Intergenite.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Develop your technical skills and take an IT-related major but also develop your soft skills e.g. communication, presentation skills and build up your business acumen.

Jedidiah Jethender

Jedidiah JethenderName: Jedediah David Jethender 

Education: University of Auckland; Bachelor of Commerce [Majors: Accounting and Commercial Law]

Position at Intergen: Graduate Consultant, Dynamics AX

Location: Auckland 

If I had five words to describe my boot camp week, they would be: Awesome, fun, nerve-racking, chill and enjoyable.

What did I enjoy the most? Circus! 

Any surprises? How we were constantly on the edge and on the move.

Biggest lesson learned? Time management.  Lesson: Take the risk and be open to opportunities. What really counts in getting a job is your attitude and personality. Are you friendly? Ambitious? Do you strive to achieve your goals, or the tasks provided? Do you have a good work ethic? Social skills make a difference too.

Aditya Nair

Aditya NairName: Aditya Nair 

Studied: Software Engineering (Hons) and Commerce (Information Systems and Finance) conjoint at the University of Auckland 

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Modern Applications Support 

Location: Auckland 

If I had five words to describe my boot camp week, they would be: Fun, challenging, team-building, new and walking.

What did I enjoy the most? On one of the days, our team had to buy a piece of art. It was something none of us thought we would be doing in a boot camp, and especially at 10am. To express our creativity, our team bought a hibiscus potted plant (live art). This was at 10:30am and we had to carry it everywhere we went. The issue was that, we never knew we were going to Somes Island at 11:30am, which is a DOC reserve. The face when the DOC ranger saw our potted plant was priceless. Luckily, we could keep it safe in a room and away from the ecosystem. This fragile plant survived the Wellington heat, wind, hills and avoided destroying a historic reserve. This day was so different from what anyone expected and certainly one to remember. It required teamwork and decent planning to make sure we styled our plant, while doing everything to keep it alive. It was full of surprises and laughs and made everyone in our team get along with each other. I will keep looking back on that day and think, is that hibiscus plant still alive?

Any surprises? Bootcamp was an entirely new experience for me and I did things that I thought I would never do. Hanging on aerial hoops and playing circus tricks were some of the most fun and different things I have done in a long time. Seeing everyone give it a go and do what the instructors were doing was astonishing. It took me out of my comfort zone, got me working with others and it resulted in tons of wows and laughs. I was surprised by myself, that I could even do the various stunts. The circus event and bootcamp made everyone, who were strangers the previous day, closer to each other and it was a bonding experience.

Biggest lesson learned? I learnt how important it is to communicate well when working in a team. Everyone has different limits and styles and trying to find a balance is necessary for strong team cohesion. At the end of the day, we all unite as one team.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Get out of your comfort zone and talk to others. Work on things that you know you will enjoy and wont regret in the future. Learn, learn, learn. Everything changes fast in IT, so you should never stop learning.

William Taylor

William TaylorName: William Taylor

Studied: Computer Science and Information Technology

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Enterprise Solutions

Location: Auckland

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Exhausting, informative, accommodating and lotsa walking. ;)

What did I enjoy the most? Getting a chance to meet the other grads, make friends and get the inside word on life at Intergen before rocking up on the first day.

Any surprises? Not really :)

Biggest lesson learned? No matter how much you think university has prepared you for the work place environment, these first few weeks on the job will teach you the more than any paper or course can.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Do lots of projects in your own time, if it’s something that interests you, find a way to make a hobby out of it or bring something to life with it. Then when you start looking for jobs and you get asked about some of the things you’ve taken on yourself, you’ll have something to show. It also means whatever passions you have for the field will be able to be shown tangibly as a product of your work.

Brian Lee

Brian LeeName: Brian Lee

Studied: Software Engineering 

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Modern Applications 

Location: Auckland 

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Fun, informative, active, teamwork and Intergenite.

What did I enjoy the most? I enjoyed the yoga.

Any surprises? It was good to have a model that represents Intergen. 

Biggest lesson learned? Intergen values.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Passion for learning would be ideal as technology changes so rapidly and soft skills because you will be working in a team.

Mieke Terblanche

MIeke TerblancheName: Mieke Terblanche

Studied: Software Engineering 

Position at Intergen: Graduate Consultant, Enterprise Solutions

Location: Auckland

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Resourceful, reflective, rad, rough and rememberable.

What did I enjoy the most? My favourite thing about Bootcamp was getting to know the people of Intergen, both grads and managers. It was great to ‘hang out’ casually with Intergen’s leaders. Apart from that, I also really enjoyed the circus day – who knew you could go from zero experience to hands free on a hoop in an hour flat? 

Any surprises? Every day was a surprise! We never really knew what to expect, and the ambassadors took it upon themselves to keep us on our toes. Overall, the biggest surprise was how quickly everyone came together and got to know each other well.

Biggest lesson learned? Teamwork is key. You really can’t get anywhere without the rest of your team. Planning is also important, but so is being able to think on your feet when you aren’t given the luxury of time.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? We have a saying in my house that roughly translates to “be strong, be determined” and that’s my advice. Keep going, keep trying, your best is always enough, the people are never as scary as they seem. Everyone was once where you are now, take a breath and be yourself.

Theodore Oswandi

Theodore OswandiName: Theodore Oswandi 

Studied: Software Engineering at the University of Auckland 

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Enterprise Solutions

Location: Auckland  

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Fun, challenging, tiring, informative and accomplishing.

What did I enjoy the most? Looking back on what I enjoyed the most about bootcamp, is the fact that it was a week where the main focus was on the people and the company. The graduate cohort were not instantly split up and told to go work on their respective tasks but given the opportunity to get to know each other. Even though we may be split up in terms of physical office location, we're still talking to each other about what's going on in our respective offices and day to day lives.

Any surprises? The biggest surprise for me during the week was being told we'd be doing a circus workshop. Having not lived in Wellington, I both did not know one existed, or why they would make us participate in one. Surprisingly it wasn't just us grads learning how to get up on a trapeze and juggling, but company leaders and managers were getting involved too. In the end, it was tiring but I got to experience something that I genuinely don't think I would have thought to do during my lifetime.

Biggest lesson learned? The biggest lesson I learned was that I wasn't the only one nervous and unsure of what to expect in my first job. Other people felt the same way, and it was great that we supported and helped each other out. I also learned that the existing employees at the company weren't just there to make sure you did your job. Everyone that I talked to during the week of bootcamp (new grad or not) was genuinely interesting, and it was great learning about people's various interests and hobbies.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? What I would say is focus and look for a place that will allow you to grow as an individual, both in technical expertise and developing/refining your soft skills. Being a student, our exposure to the tech industry is generally limited to anecdotal perspectives and internships. If a company allows the freedom for you to pursue what you want, and can guide you on your journey, definitely apply for it.

If you are the type to ask lots of questions, keep doing what you're doing. If you aren't, don't be afraid to do that. As a university graduate, you aren't expected to be an expert at everything, but have the drive to want to learn and get better.

Yasmin Thompson

Yasmin ThompsonName: Yasmin Thompson

Studied: Master of Science in Computer Science – University of Hertfordshire

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Dynamics AX

Location: Christchurch Office

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Team building, fun, unpredictable, challenging and enlightening.

What did I enjoy the most? I enjoyed how the hardest day at bootcamp turned out to be the best team bonding experience I’d ever had. Day three felt like The Amazing Race; To complete a challenge by the end of the day, my team had to rush from place to place for ‘client meetings’ and further instructions, which included catching a ferry and exploring an island! It was amazing how when things got hard, all grads supported each other, and teams united in overcoming these challenges.

Any surprises? It was surprising along the way how well the challenges at bootcamp related to actual work days at Intergen. Planning, teamwork, time-management, budgeting and adaptability to changing requirements were some of the key lessons reflected through bootcamp activities.

Biggest lesson learned? Various activities at bootcamp required a solution to a problem. Having a lot of ideas being generated made it very easy to lose focus from solving the actual problem. My biggest lesson learnt was to always go back to checking whether a proposed solution or feature addresses the underlying problem.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? My advice is to apply as early as possible and to as many places as you can. Take every response, positive or negative, as progress towards achieving your goal. Practice makes perfect, so treat every application and job interview as a learning process.

Nathan Devery

Nathan DeveryName: Nathan Devery

Studied: Bachelor of Science, Majors: Computer Science and Information Systems. Specialisation:& Artificial Intelligence

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Dynamics NAV

Location: Christchurch

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Fun, challenging, informative, yellow and interesting.

What did I enjoy the most? One of the events consisted of team building circus activities. It was enjoyable swinging about, bonding with colleagues and questioning whether I should have joined the circus.

Any surprises? The extent to which the Intergen culture was stressed – it demonstrated a genuine desire to provide both good service to customers, as well as a positive work environment.

Biggest lesson learned? The importance of being dynamic: the bootcamp was filled with numerous activities/projects - these activities constantly evolved in scope. Timescales would change, costs would increase, and unexpected activities were given. This emulated the projects we would be exposed to, teaching us to be ready for anything.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Being well-rounded is important. Just being technical adept, or only having communication skills is becoming increasingly inadequate. To maximise chances, study hard but also expose yourself to experiences that build you holistically– go to that interesting event on campus, take up new hobbies, meet new people; this will all come through when it comes time to interview.

Courtney Thwaites

Courtney ThwaitesName: Courtney Thwaites

Studied: Bachelor in Information Technology at the Southern Institute of Technology 

Position at Intergen: Graduate Consultant, Data Insights 

Location: Christchurch

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Teamwork, trusting, navigating, adventure and banter.

What did I enjoy the most? I really enjoyed all the activities throughout bootcamp, I think the best was the one that took me the furthest out of my comfort zone and that was the Circus Hub trip. We had three hours in a Wellington Circus school where we were taught how to solo and partner on the hoops and trapeze, the hoops were my personal favourite!

Any surprises? Being able to chat and hang out with a range of people from the business, we were told about Intergen having a flat hierarchy and it was amazing to see in action and be part of.

Biggest lesson learned? So, one of our full day challenges led our team to having a pot plant that was purchased quite early on in the morning, which then needed to be carried around for the rest of the day. As it turns out, the carrying isn’t the tricky part when it comes to pot plants. The tricky part is when you try and take it to Matiu/Somes Island and it becomes a DOC biohazard. Looking back on the week though, it really forces you to trust others, especially since we had different teams for most activities, so it was interesting to learn given how quickly we had to trust each other.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Work on your soft skills! (Insert the clap emoji between each word!) Your tutors/mentors will tell you, industry professionals that come in to convince you how cool their business is will tell you, and they’re not joking. It’s a big deal when you go to interviews, and it’s a big deal when you’re working as part of a team. Another tip is to apply yourself, if you start putting in that extra bit of effort now it becomes easier in the long run and it helps you to become an asset to a company because you are consistently striving to achieve more. Don’t be afraid to be wrong or not know something, it’s how you learn and grow as a person. Last, (but not least) find something to get excited about, whether it’s space ships and exploration, or the latest phone or software coming out, find something that encompasses your passion for IT.

Jonathan Wootton

Jonathan WoottonName: Jonathan Wootton

Studied: Network Engineering

Position at Intergen: Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Cloud Platform and Application Services

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Interesting, challenging, inviting, friendly and rewarding.

What did I enjoy the most? Learning the Yoga techniques for controlling stress and the physical team activities at the Circus training.

Any surprises? Having to make a piece of artwork when I am by no means an artistic person. LOL

Biggest lesson learned? Working as a team makes daunting tasks easier to tackle.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Never simply choose a career path or take on a job just because it might pay well in the future, do your research as to the actual role you want to do and base your choice on what you are actually good at and find some level of satisfaction in. Also, do some research on the company you want to work for, are they a for-profit, public-sector, not-for-profit? Does this reflect with your core values? Does what they say about themselves actually reflect the real work life you will have if you get a job working there?

Danielle Allen

Danielle AllenName: Danielle Allen 

Studied: Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science at VuW 

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Dynamics CRM

Location: Wellington 

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Adventure, exciting, fun, teamwork and Intergenite.

What did I enjoy the most? I loved everything about bootcamp; getting to know the other grads, working on challenges together and eating some questionable hall food. My favourite thing was trying something new – especially the different circus activities. 

Any surprises? The biggest surprise for me was that the week involved getting to know more people from Intergen, especially some of the leadership team who joined us for activities. This meant starting at work the week after was much less daunting, as I already knew quite a few faces.

Biggest lesson learned? Teamwork was a big one – whatever task we were faced it, it was much easier when we all worked together.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? A big part of IT and working with technology is that it keeps progressing and evolving, so having an attitude to keep learning and moving forward is important.

Adrian Thomas

Adrian ThomasName: Adrian Thomas

Studied: Computer Science @ UoA

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Dynamics AX

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Challenging, fun, social, teamwork and artistic.

What did I enjoy the most? It’s hard to be able boil down the experience down to those five words without feeling like I’m missing out on things. Being told to go to the bowling alley with the expectation of going bowling and then ending up doing three hours of circus/acrobatics was an interesting yet super exiting experience! I mean how often do you get to swing around on a trapeze! But other than what we did, for me it was more about the connections I made with the other graduates. Even though we’re based in separate offices many of us still communicate daily and plan to do things in the future!

Any surprises? Let’s be honest, the whole experience was a surprise no one knows what’s going on and you just roll with it. But to single out something shopping around Wellington for a piece of permanent art for the office then only to be told oh by the way you’ll be on Somes Island for the next three hours, so you have to get all your parts in the next 45 minutes. 

Biggest lesson learned? Every day we didn’t know what was happening and just had to wake up with a fresh and ready mindset. The idea of constantly having to think on your feet instantly gets you into that head space and brings peoples true personalities out. Learning about everyone’s differences and strengths, whilst effectively managing them to complete a task was challenging, but also a good way to learn how to manage such things in the workplace.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Show passion. You can come out of university/polytech with a degree or diploma but without anything to show for it, it ends up being a piece of paper with no breadth. Demonstrate what you’ve learnt in university by practically applying it to personal projects. Whether that be a case competition, or an application demonstrating your skills in something practical speaks so much louder than just your degree. It shows you have passion and drive to do IT related things in your own time.

It’s easy to hear about how great and amazing a company is, and then try and morph yourself into the most ideal candidate for that company. Only to experience rejection and disappointment. I myself went through this process for several companies and trying to fit myself into someone who I wasn’t. It’s important to stay true to yourself, but also push yourself until you become who you want to be.

Don’t be scared when admitting you don’t know something, just take time to reflect on your failings and learning from your mistakes. The biggest resource you have at university isn’t just the lectures/courses it’s the people and connections you make throughout your time as a student. Use them!! If you don’t know something go find out, ask questions, be curious! The tech industry is forever changing, and one single person can’t know everything. Your peers can help guide you to an answer.

Yousuf Ahmad

Yousuf AhmadName: Yousuf Ahmad

Studied: Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting)

Position at Intergen: Graduate Consultant, Dynamics AX

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Adventurous, dynamic, insomnia, walking and wholesome.

What did I enjoy the most? I enjoyed the final case presentation at the end. The circumstances meant we had to juggle this task with many others. It was great to have access to the Senior Leadership Team at Intergen and produce something of value.

Any surprises? Not knowing what was coming next! Circus tricks with the Senior Leadership Team was hilarious.

Biggest lesson learned? Everyone has an opinion and it’s important that they are heard.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? IT is not a speciality. Rather, it is the new context in which all business in done. Apply your transferrable skills and doors will open.

Shaika Khan

Shaika KhanName: Shaika Khan

Studied: Software Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Modern Applications

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Supportive, challenging, exciting, intriguing and teamwork.

What did I enjoy the most? Bootcamp was an exciting experience and a great way to get to know the company and culture outside the office. I learned a lot from the four days we were running around Wellington city and it made it more enjoyable to accomplish challenges alongside other grads who were as excited and nervous as I was. I enjoyed the physical activities because not only did it challenge us to go outside our comfort zone, but also encouraged teamwork and trust. It was great to see the transition from nervousness to proudness in people’s faces as they overcame their fears. The accommodation and hospitality at the lodge we stayed at was very nice and the coffee helped us when we were working on our product challenge late into the night.

Any surprises? The mini projects were a lot of fun as well and not only taught us Intergen’s values but also allowed us to practise them. They weren’t without their surprises however, one of which led us to have to sprint across Wellington to try and catch the Ferry to Matiu/Somes Island!

Biggest lesson learned? Be prepared for changes to plans. Learn to be adaptive and flexible and think on your feet.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT? Keep applying, keep networking, keep improving. While you might not see immediate results, your effort and determination to build your career and professional profile won’t go unnoticed.

Adam Fenemore

Adam FenemoreName: Adam Fenemore

Studied: Computer Science, Canterbury University, and Psychology, University of Otago

Position at Intergen: Graduate Developer, Digital and Experience Design

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Teamwork, bonding, values, challenges and helpfulness.

What did I enjoy the most? I enjoyed meeting all the new people, all with new ideas and ways of doing things. All businesses are built on the knowledge and skills of the people, and Intergen has some of the best.

Any surprises? The biggest surprise was finding out that a household pot plant was actually a serious biohazard security risk on a predator free island.

Biggest lesson learned? The best advice is to make from your career what you want to make from it, be who your employers want to hire. It is not just about having the skills that they are looking for, but taking charge of your own learning, being proactive and being willing to improve is what employers want to see. If you bring the right attitude, work ethic and technical skill, there is no limit to what you can do, and you will be successful anywhere you want to go.

Taylor Steele

Taylor SteeleName: Taylor Steele

Studied: Conjoint BCom and LLB at Victoria University of Wellington

Position at Intergen: Graduate Consultant, Enterprise Solutions

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Origami sculpture wins People’s Choice

What did I enjoy the most: Gymnastics/Circus lessons.

Any surprises: Neha’s fantastic Code Names skills.

Biggest lesson learned: Don’t hold back from asking questions; if you’re unsure about it someone else in the room likely is too.

Knowing what you know now, thinking back to your time as a student, based on your experience what advice or tips would you give students looking to find jobs in IT: Just apply. Even if you don’t think you will get the role the extra interview experience is invaluable.

Myles Buckland-Jones

Name: Myles Buckland-Jones

Position at Intergen: Practice Manager, Dynamics Solutions

Location: Wellington

If I had five words to describe my bootcamp week, they would be: Engaging, interesting, refreshing, nostalgic and encouraging.

What did I enjoy the most? Talking and engaging with the group of new grads. Having some interesting discussions and conversations and watching the level of interaction and co-operation amongst them. Very impressed with the organisation of the event, Kylie did a great job.

Any surprises? The continual springing of surprises on the teams was great. Great opportunity to expose them to the real world where change is the only constant.

Biggest lesson learned? Don’t try to lift your boss off the floor when hanging from a trapeze!

Posted by: Kylie Munro, Learning and Development Consultant | 09 April 2019

Tags: Grads, Graduate Recruitment, Graduates


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