Computing at ANU – There’s more to it than you think
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Computing at ANU – There’s more to it than you think


♪ [upbeat music] (Benjamin) When I chose ANU, it was because I enjoyed
the style of the campus. I also really enjoyed the courses that were offered as part of
the computer science degree. (Daniel) The ANU is
international renowned. It also has a high reputation for producing quality
computing graduates. (Andrew) I was attracted to the ANU because they had not only IT and
software engineering degrees, but they had other degrees as well,
related to computer science, such as the advanced computing. (Abbie) The reason that I chose
to do Advanced Computing Honours was because I knew that I wanted
to do something in the IT field. Doing the Advanced
Computing program meant that I could just explore my interests
and discover what I wanted to do. (Leana) ANU is a research university. Lecturers tend to bring in
the research that they’re doing. So what you’re learning
is cutting edge. (Benjamin) It’s good being
an undergraduate and being exposed to the research
aspects of the university. You have a chance to look at
the current work that’s being done, do your own research projects, and move the field forward. As part of our
undergraduate course, we had a lot of exposure to
people who work in industry. The benefit is that you can see both the practical side
of computer science as well as how it interacts
with the real world, and how you can build real world
systems from what we’ve learned. (Tristan) Part of what I liked
about ANU is the ability to combine other courses into
the software engineering degree. I did a lot of engineering as well, which was quite helpful
in terms of project management, sort of a systems
approach to things. (Daniel) Computing is more than just
typing out some code on the screen. It involves a range of skills, such as teamwork, leadership, there’s also an incredible emphasis
on the people skill side of things. I think I’m pretty comfortable
with people. So I feel like I can use that as an
advantage of being able to program, but also potentially being a leader
of a group of programmers. (Jessica) Well, at ANU
we have a very active Computer Science
students’ association. We call it the CSSA. And we run a lot of
events throughout the year, from tech talks to networking events, and the Epic Games Night. This kind of social stuff that
we get in computer science here I think is quite rare
for computer science. (Benjamin) I was a bit worried,
at the start of my degree, that what I’d done in college
might not be related to what I’d do in university and perhaps I’d be
disadvantaged by that. But the first couple courses
got me up to speed. It kind of looked at
computer science from not only like a practical sense, but more of a fundamental sense. The fundamental data structures and those skills that you apply to
whatever kind of code you’re writing. (Andrew) Initially, it seems, “Well, why am I learning
this strange theory, I just wanna learn to program?” But putting in the effort to understand
general concepts about programming is far more beneficial when you
go to learn a new language, which you’ll be doing
for your whole career. (Zakaria) The work that we do is
always about trying to figure out what the best solution is and
then working backward from that. I get the feeling that had we
set a very specific skill set in terms of languages, it would have actually
been detrimental. (Daniel) The best part about
being software engineers is you’re able to have complete
control of what you’re making. When you’re programming and you run that execute button and then it just all works, error free, that’s probably the best part of it. (Benjamin) I just kind of enjoy
the problem solving aspect of it. And the fact that
you can start with nothing and in the end
have a complex system. (Leana) You can build it, and then
you can push it out to your client, and see how technology
can really benefit people. I couldn’t really imagine
doing anything else. ♪ [upbeat music]

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