David Williames

David Williames

David Williames

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2011
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Minor(s): Software engineering

Why did you choose Monash?

Monash has a great reputation, which originally grabbed my attention. Once I found out about Monash’s IBL (Industry Based Learning) program I was incredibly keen do study here. Their Open day was also extremely helpful, and it struck me as an exciting place to spend my years studying.

What attracted you to IT?

I love how fast paced the IT industry is, there are always new and exciting technologies emerging. I also love how portable IT can be. As long as you have an Internet connection and a computer, you could be in the middle of nowhere and still create the next software phenomenon.

What made you choose the specialisation/major you studied?

I originally started studying Engineering at Monash, however the constant Maths never captured my creative side or fully engaged me. It wasn’t until I did a basic programming subject that I instantly knew that Software Development was for me. I changed courses, and I loved the fact that I can create things in my spare time, and make software to help me in my life.

Tell us about what you studied – What was it? What did it involve? What did you actually do?

I studied a Bachelor of Software Engineering. It involved designing software, building it and testing it. The software can be anything from a full web system to a smartphone app.

What was the favourite thing about the field you studied?

I loved how interactive software is, and how endless its possibilities can be.

Which IT facility were you most impressed with and why?

The MUSE (Monash University Software Engineering) lab is a great place to work. It has the comfiest chairs ever, and a really great environment full of whiteboards and screens to plug into.

Apart from study, what else were you involved in both at Monash and off campus? (Paid work, sport, clubs, hobbies etc)?

In my spare time, I do app development and have also spent time teaching guitar to primary school kids.

What was the highlight of your course?

My biggest highlight of my course has definitely been participating in the IBL program. I was given the opportunity to work in the ANZ Digital Innovation team for 6 months, which is a super exciting space to work. After my placement I was offered a job and have continued to work 2 days a week whilst I complete my studies. This opportunity has completely changed my life - it opened up a career opportunity, and gave me the chance to gain experience in an area that I have a lot of interest for.

What was the best thing about being a student at Monash?

I loved the atmosphere of the Monash Clayton campus. There were a lot of innovative study areas and beautiful campus grounds to walk around.

What advice do you have for prospective students starting uni next year?

Make the most of every opportunity you get. It is extremely easy to disappear into the crowd and casually complete your studies when at Uni - however, there is so many opportunities at Monash for a whole range of things, and I strongly encourage prospective students to take advantage of those opportunities as much as possible.

Is there anything else interesting about yourself or about your study that you would like to share with prospective students? For example, have you taken part in an overseas exchange or study abroad and/or have you worked on any interesting projects as part of your course?

I was involved in the Software Engineering final year studio project that provided the opportunity to work on a real project with a real company for a full year. It was a great chance to get to put all of the new skills I have learnt throughout my studies into a complete project, and get to contribute to project in the industry.