I chose to apply for the Datacom graduate programme because Datacom seemed to do a bit of everything in the IT field. I thought if I got the job I’d have the opportunity to get some real-world experience in a position relevant to my degree and at the same time, look around at a bunch of different possible career paths. After starting at Datacom I couldn’t be happier. All my original expectations were met and exceeded. I’ve gained experience working in several exciting fields already and I’ve only been here for four months! I’m currently working on a project that will be used to demonstrate some of our services to potential customers. That’s one of my favorite things about working here, everyone takes you seriously and your work as a grad is considered just as important and useful as anyone else’s. I don’t think I could have picked a better place to get such a huge head-start in my career in IT.
What I’m loving about Datacom is the family and friendly environment inside the workplace. People genuinely enjoy what they are doing which I believe is one of the reasons why they stay for many years. Friends working in Datacom told me that managers and even the manager’s manager are very giving of their time and knowledge which for me is very encouraging at the time when I was choosing where I would want to work.
I like working here as a grad because there are so many opportunities that are being presented. You are partnered with a mentor who guides and supports you in your growth. This for me is an important foundation that as a grad I am lucky to have.
While looking for a job as a grad, sometimes you can’t afford to be picky. However, there were a few criteria which Datacom ticked for me while looking for work:
Datacom is a good size
- Datacom is big enough to offer the support and training that I feel I needed as a fresh-out-of-uni grad.
- Big enough to give me job security and room to move around the organization if necessary.
- Not too much of a giant organization so that I’d feel insignificant in comparison.
In short, the people here are awesome. In six months I’ve worked with junior developers, tech leads, business unit managers, a client and even a director, all of whom have been interesting, intelligent, passionate people who have all been a pleasure to work with.
The projects I’ve been on have also made my time here enjoyable, we always use modern technologies to create technically sound IT solutions for any need. Another fun enjoyable aspect is the extra-curricular activities available like a fundraiser run I took part in. We raised more than five thousand dollars for a good charity and it also helped me meet people outside of my department.
While studying, there were always whispers about which software companies would be the best to work for after graduation and Datacom was always one of the ‘top dogs’ on that list. This paired with Datacom’s reputation was enough for me to want to throw my hat in the ring for a chance to work there. I wanted to get my foot into an established company and where better to start than Datacom? My initial impression was that Datacom was a big scary corporate and well, that quickly changed when I had my interview.
During my interview (and further reinforced when I started working here) spawned the impression that behind the scenes, Datacom is secretly more than a software development behemoth. It’s filled with people who are truly passionate about what they are doing and what they are working with, people who genuinely enjoy one another’s company and aren’t afraid to spark a how’s-your-day elevator conversation and brainy people who are more than happy to help out the little grads.
So in short, I applied for Datacom because I love programming and honestly just wanted a job in programming, I’m staying at Datacom because I’m doing what I love and I admire the ‘family-like’ atmosphere. Cheesy? Sure. But I believe this describes Datacom to a T.