Soft skills pay dividends
Upon graduating from Monash, Logan Han (BITS 2010) took a job as a junior engineer in a small business. This gave him an opportunity to apply what he’d learned at uni to the real world, and to get comfortable working with clients and stakeholders. He later moved on to other opportunities, working with colleagues from all over the world.
Then, a year and a half ago, he landed a job at REA Group where he’s now a Systems Engineer. In this role, he provides infrastructure support for new projects and improves existing systems. “I ensure all new and existing business critical services are up and running 24/7 with minimal human intervention,” explains Logan.
He also prevents and resolves disastrous circumstances like apparatus failure.
“What’s fascinating about this work is that you can build something that scales,” shares Logan. “Back in ‘96, one engineer would maintain six physical servers. A decade later, Google improved this ratio to one engineer per 10,000 systems.”
When reflecting on his achievements, Logan points to the soft skills he gained at Monash. How to give constructive feedback. How to work as a team. And how to learn from your mistakes. He believes that this aspect of his education has contributed immensely to his successful career.