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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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Meet the Sports Enthusiast Who Turned to Tech

Grad Profile: Ebony James-McGrath

Meet the Sports Enthusiast Who Turned to Tech

Introducing Ebony James-McGrath, an Associate Consultant and one of the first 10 selected for Melbourne’s ARQ graduate program.

But being first is all too familiar for Ebony, a sports enthusiast who at one time considered a career in sports management. Plans soon pivoted when Ebony learned of the opportunity to work in the tech industry.

Learn why Ebony chose ARQ and her personal aspirations for the grad program.

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

I knew ARQ was making a huge investment in their graduate recruits to make them the best consultants they can be by providing training, opportunities and resources. I really enjoy learning and saw it as the ideal opportunity for me.

I thought the 10-week bootcamp was a great approach to the program, easing us in before launching into the “real world” of ARQ. It turned out to be a great opportunity to grow, get to know my peers, and to be involved and exposed to different areas of the business.

Name 3 things that you have learnt at school or past jobs that will be useful during your time with ARQ?

  1. I firmly believe that “to assume is to…”, you know the rest!
    I never assume anything. In my mind, not knowing isn’t a bad thing. Asking questions is so important, even if you think you sound silly, you never know how many people in a room had the exact same question and were just too afraid to ask.

  2. I’ve avoided working in silos whenever possible. It might sound cliché, but collaboration and teamwork is so powerful and helps produce really unique work that genuinely meets customer needs. Where possible, it’s great to reach out to your peers and managers to ask for their insight and get them involved.

  3. Finally, I’ve learnt the importance of building strong and trusted relationships with everyone. You never know what you’ll learn or what opportunities might come your way!

What’s your dream job?

The ultimate dream would be on the business/client facing side of tech. Whether that be as a connector between business and technology, account management, or being involved in the initial design meetings to understand the brief and requirements to prototype the solution. I enjoy working with others, so being able to blend my skills to provide great customer experience would be great too!

 

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How a Trip to Europe Changed My Destiny

Grad Profile: Pip Wheaton

How a Trip to Europe Changed My Destiny

Pip Wheaton is part of the graduate program’s first cohort. Having started her career in infographic design, Pip joined ARQ to explore the bountiful opportunities the tech industry offers.

We asked Pip her expectations from the grad program and what led her to this point in her career. Here’s what Pip said:

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

When I finished school I thought I wanted to do something in design. After a study tour to Europe (when travel was still a thing), that all changed. On the study tour we designed infographics for start-ups and I soon realised that I had a real passion for helping businesses leverage design in different ways to be more efficient.

When I returned from my travels I changed my majors from Marketing & Comms Design (the standard double degree everyone was doing at the time) to Entrepreneurship & Innovation and UX Design. This was a NEW major that had never been done before – I was SO excited!

After graduating, I chose the ARQ grad program because it would allow me to leverage my background in consulting and use design principles to solve tech problems. Plus, I could feel the start-up culture oozing through the screen and knew it just felt right.

What are three goals you wish to achieve at ARQ this year?

I’ve got quite a long list, but a few include:
  • Travel! – COVID restrictions permitting, I’m desperate to start travelling again even if it’s just interstate. I can’t wait to meet the teams in Brisbane and Sydney in person and continue learning from the talented teams we have at ARQ. I’m keen to work with clients across the country (even the globe) to show them new ways of working.
  • Professional skills – I want to work to craft my own personal style of visual facilitation for clients. I’m keen to learn how to synthesise and present complex information in an accessible visual or graphic format.
  • Networking – Again if COVID permits, I’m looking forward to attending in-person conferences and professional events, rather than dialling in via Zoom. I miss connecting with new people outside my bubble and a conference is the perfect opportunity.
What’s something you want to share with students looking for graduate programs?

Find your superpower and use it to define your personal brand. It’s what makes you unique, celebrate it. 😊

What’s your dream job or a future goal you’ve set yourself?

My ultimate dream goal is to find the space within the UX Design and Consulting worlds that I can define and live up to – potentially in the form of a role that doesn’t exist yet. I’d love to develop my personal portfolio and be known as the best in the business for my skillset.
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From Travel(ling the World) To Tech

Grad Profile: Bence Fulop

From Travel(ling the World) To Tech

Bence Fulop is part of the graduate program’s first cohort. Having started out his career in international travel, Bence has joined the ARQ team to seek a “fresh start” and learn all about what the tech sector has to offer.

We asked Bence some questions about what he is looking to get out of the program, and what has led him to this point in his career. Here’s what he said:

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

Before ARQ I was working in the travel industry for eight years. I fell into this job by accident (originally, I thought I wanted to be an ambassador for Australia!) but I loved every minute of working in international travel and got to learn and grow a lot.

I’d wanted to see what it was like to work for a bigger company for a while, so when I saw ARQ’s grad program I was really excited for the opportunity of a fresh start in the tech industry. I also knew it would be a great way to learn from industry leaders and professionals and work closely with mentors.

What are three goals you wish to achieve at ARQ this year?

I really want to be comfortable working on production code bases. This is an area that specifically interests me, and I can’t wait to learn more.

As I said, I’m also looking forward to working with a great mentor at ARQ. There’s so much to learn from everyone here and I want to take it all in as much as possible.

On a more personal note, I have a few fitness goals this year: 1) run 1000kms, 2) complete 4 gym sessions per week and 3) complete a spartan race. Wish me luck!!

What outcomes would you like to see from this experience for the next step of your career?

I’d like to gain enough technical skills to either oversee a department or start my very own tech business. Watch this space!

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