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An Engineer, Game Designer and Digital Advertiser

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An Engineer, Game Designer and Digital Advertiser

Nandy Rodrigo

“Before joining Arq, I had worked in different jobs in engineering (which I soon lost interest in!) and facilities management. I got to the point where I felt like I’d learnt everything I could in those fields and was incredibly motivated and excited to pursue software engineering...once again.

Arq’s grad program didn’t put an emphasis on needing to be fresh out of high school, or have years of experience in the data, tech and AI fields, so I knew straight away it was the program for me. This really appealed to me and highlighted a ‘second chance’ of sorts, to find a job I was genuinely passionate about, and to connect with like-minded peers I enjoyed working with. Arq has provided a supportive and encouraging environment for me to learn and evolve my skills, and I’ve loved working closely with my mentor to discuss ideas I have and areas I want to learn more about. My tip to anyone who is studying or is already in the workforce is that you don’t need to feel tied to your choices or where you are right now. If you look in the right places, there’s always opportunities to change gear and explore completely new fields.”

Emily Miniken

“When studying digital advertising at Swinburne, it dawned on me one day that the skills I was learning might take me to a role that might not even exist yet! I thought, the industry moves so fast, who knows what the landscape will look like after graduation, let alone what jobs will have been created by then. This was so exciting to me, to be part of an industry at the forefront of change.

I joined Arq for the chance to work with some of the most creative and innovative professionals in the country. Thanks to the opportunities this program has already provided, I’ve grown my professional network within the Arq team and beyond. My passion is still very much digital advertising, and I’ve been working closely with my peers and mentor to increasingly recognise different patterns in data and apply these insights to improve digital ad content.

My dream job is one where I can apply creative problem-solving skills to solve challenges for customers and to have a portfolio of projects that make a meaningful and positive impact on the world.”

Jessica Turner

“This might sound strange, but I was always drawn to computers on one hand and art on the other. Not a typical combination, I know! All throughout school I loved designing basic websites, playing around with games, and creating little animations in my spare time. After completing my degree in Bachelor of Design (Games) and Computer Science, I knew I had the skills to follow a career in app development for web and mobile.

I loved how Arq talked about the company values, its proud history and exciting future, as it works to make positive impacts for the people who matter most. I knew this would be perfect for me, and at the same time I’d get to learn about design, tech and consulting skills from some of the best minds in Australia. That’s my tip to anyone looking for jobs or placements after university. There might be plenty of companies that offer opportunities and exposure, but I think it’s crucial that this is always underpinned by a strong culture and good people.”

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Meet Hadley, Evelyn and Nathan

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Meet Hadley, Evelyn and Nathan

Hadley Dixon

“I’ve been passionate about programming for years, so it only made sense to pursue software development and study a Bachelor of IT at Swinburne University of Technology. After my degree I was confident I had the technical skills to work in the industry, but what excited and stood out to me about Arq’s grad program was its focus on developing our ‘soft skills’.

As graduates in a client facing role, our ability to consult and build trusted relationships with customers is equally as important as the hard skills we bring to the table. Since starting at Arq, I’ve learnt so much from the team and every day has brought with it new opportunities and experiences. I feel a great sense of pride in the work I have produced so far and am focused on continually developing my skills and building out my portfolio.”

Evelyn Mieu

“I wasn’t the kind of person who knew what I wanted to do from a really young age, or was a massive techy during high school. My path to Arq has been a bit less linear and I’ve learnt so much along the way!
I studied a huge breadth of subjects at uni, including writing, film production, visual and audio editing, graphic design, advertising and social media marketing. These might not sound like they’re directly related to tech, but I developed heaps of transferrable skills which have set me up for success at Arq.

At uni I found myself starting to apply a tech lens to lots of the work I was doing and imagining possible digital solutions to problems. This is when I started looking in to Arq’s grad program. I really loved the format of the program which includes an intensive bootcamp, buddy-style mentorship, and thorough on-the-job training.

Even though I’ve still got plenty to learn, I can already see the positive difference my work is making for the team and for our clients. It’s a pretty great feeling!”

Nathan Rhodes

“I considered working as consultant when I was still at uni, with a keen interest in applying these skills in the tech and development sector. Arq stood out to me for having a great and people-centric culture that put its customers and staff before all else.

In a few short months I’ve worked closely with different teams to develop my communication skills and am now confident presenting incredibly complex and nuanced ideas in a clear and compelling way. Looking forward, I want to work on my design and creative skills and apply these to different areas of my work.”

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From Masters in Architecture to Tech

Grad Profile: James Goh

From Masters in Architecture to Tech

Meet James Goh, one of the newest additions to ARQ’s growing team! James joined ARQ earlier this year through the Melbourne graduate program and is now Associate Consultant.

A qualified architect who continued graphic design on the side, James has always been super creative, but couldn’t decide which career path would allow him to tap into his creative energy and grow his skills.

Learn why James chose ARQ and his aspirations for the grad program.

What did you think you were going to do, or be, when you finished high school?
How has that changed to where you are now?

I’ve always been a really creative thinker, but when I finished school I couldn’t decide between architecture, game design or graphic design.

In the end I went on to study a Bachelors (and eventually a Masters!) in architecture at the University of Melbourne. I loved the courses and got a lot out of it, and the whole time I also satisfied my creative side by developing my graphic design skills in the background. I read books, attended lectures and had a few passion projects all on the go at once.

It didn’t take long for me to realise that this was where I wanted to be and that I had found my true passion in all things design.

What made you apply for and choose ARQ as your next career move?

Working at a company like ARQ felt like it was always inevitable for someone like me. I focussed on always challenging myself in new and creative ways and I am keen to tap into different ways of thinking and approaching problems. I’m currently obsessed with digital design, specifically human centred design. ARQ seemed like the best place to work on a huge variety of things and come together with like-minded people to make a positive change for ARQ’s customers.

What are the top three things you wish to achieve in 2021, and how can ARQ support you along the way?

  1. It’s vague, but I can’t wait to build something exciting and see it come to life. I can’t wait for the moment I can say “we’ve done this really cool thing and I helped bring it together.”
  2. Amp up my UI and UX design skills. I feel like these are art forms and I can’t wait to learn as much as possible from some of the greats at ARQ.
  3. I’m keen to find a mentor at ARQ who I can talk to and learn from during my time here.

I already know ARQ’s commitment to supporting me and the other grads, and that we’ll have opportunities explore fields and aspects of the business beyond what our core interest is. I think this variety and exposure is the only way to evolve not only our tech skills but also our ability to be strong and trusted consultants.

What’s your dream job?

Definitely to manage my own internal design team and be known for creating some amazing digital products.

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