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  • > 100,000 employees

Jaan Rahim

I work for a Digital consultancy and service provider. It provides businesses with all kinds of digital, technology and operations support.

What's your job about?

I work for a Digital consultancy and service provider. It provides businesses with all kinds of digital, technology and operations support.

When I joined I was doing a lot of end to end software testing for my current client, which is a large Australian TelCo, but as of recently, I’ve moved into some data work which has been a nice change of pace.

What's your background?

I’ve lived and grown up in Australia, and did the whole K-12 through to Uni here.

I saw an ad for a grad position on a job search website and applied. It’s been just over a year now that I’ve been employed here.

I had already had a bit of experience in Civil Engineering, so wanted to try out employment in the software industry, which is my other degree (a combined undergraduate in Engineering and Comp Sci).

Could someone with a different background do your job?

While some background in software development knowledge would help, the main things that you need are patience and an ability to learn and get along with a team, so I think people from other backgrounds shouldn’t have too much trouble here.

I also think some level of assertiveness is key, to make sure you’re taking care of your personal growth and keeping things balanced.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

Working with others is the best part of my job. Dealing with a wider variety of people and their roles and personalities, I find, has been the best way to become a more knowledgeable, versatile and more able to contribute as a team member (especially if they’re difficult). Creative solution ideation with a team is where I get the most joy.

What are the limitations of your job?

It can be easy to be stuck in a rut if you’re not taking responsibility for your own career in this field (ie, you could just end up testing the same thing over and over if you’re not careful). It also takes a bit of spunk to thrive, and long time workers can be hesitant to change and risk. To leave you with a bit of hope, I say, don’t be afraid to step over the line a bit if it’ll move things, and you can let someone else worry about if an email was worded perfectly, haha.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Put your whole self into things.
  • Practice being out of your comfort zone.
  • Don’t be afraid to explain the style you want to your barber using a photo of a male model.