Nura Gili News Edition 26 Apr. 2016 - Page 18

different marketing companies and global investment banks. In my mind this approach was simple, and really about finding where the ‘bright lights’ were and trying to get into a well-recognised graduate program. I quickly discovered that this approach was not necessarily the most efficient approach for me to take because I was competing against packs of other graduates for very few positions and, subsequently, I was not putting enough time into my job applicati ons because I was just applying for one job after the other and not improving my application in the process. So I needed to change tactics, I thought, how can I be more efficient in the process of getting my job application seen by more employers without having to work so hard and inefficiently? So I did some research and discovered Pro-Grad, which is a recruitment agency for university graduates seeking graduate or similar type roles in the tech industry. From the outset I could see that there was a lot of benefit for me to be with Pro-Grad because I had a whole team of people who mentored me to be interview ready, but most importantly, they were reaching out to big companies and promoting me as one of their candidates to interview. It really helps cut down the leg work that you have to do as an individual, and basically your success is their success, so they will work their butts off to find you a job. Within three days, I started to get calls from my contact person at Pro-Grad asking me if I was interested in attending job interviews to which my young, energetic and inexperienced response was ‘absolutely!’ So off I went and ventured out to my first job interview with an American telecommunications company called Avaya. Wow did I make an absolute mess of this job interview! I was totally inexperienced, I walked into the interview sweating and shaking. I distinctly remember, like it was yesterday, that I could not even coherently complete a sentence during this interview due to anxiety and feeling like the ‘weight of the world’ was on my shoulders. However, my big lesson from this interview was that I was putting too much pressure on myself and thinking that if I didn’t do well in this interview then I would have no chance. This experience really got me thinking about what I did wrong and what I could do better and I realised I just needed to relax and not feel so much pressure. From here, I set out with a ‘who cares’ attitude when I approached my following interviews, and this worked an absolute charm. My thoughts were clearer, I was able to answer all the questions succinctly and I was even able to have a laugh with the interviewers. At this point it dawned on me that I was really getting a good grasp of the interview process and that I could really do well and wait until I found my dream job. So I did a few more interviews and was successfully offered a few roles, but they weren’t what I wanted. Then after three weeks of being with Pro-Grad my contact called me and asked if I would be interested in a job interview with Microsoft. I jumped at the opportunity! With the three weeks’ worth of ongoing interviews under my belt, I was very confident and ready to take on Microsoft. My thought process was to go in and have a friendly discussion with the interviewers and then take over the interview by becoming the interviewer and asking them questions about why Microsoft was such a good place to work. Two hours after the interview I got the call to say that I was being offered the job. I was so excited and accepted on the spot; I remember it like it just was yesterday. I can recall where I was and what I was doing when I received the call. Dina and Liam at their Wedding in Lafu Village, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea Manager, I was able to travel to the US on a few occasions for work and I was also fortunate enough to travel to China and Japan for training and collaboration with Microsoft staff from across the Asia Pacific region. During my second year at Microsoft I received the Global Microsoft Circle of Excellence Gold Club award, which recognises the top ten per cent of performers in Microsoft worldwide. I finished up at Microsoft in 2011 and moved onto Trend Micro, an IT Anti-Virus company, as an Account Manager and stayed here for exactly one year before I co-founded my first technology start-up business, Subundo. Subundo was a technology solution that we were building which was defined by some people as ‘Google on steroids’. I departed Subundo in 2014 for strategic purposes and co-founded Ngakkan Nyaagu with my brother in-law. My final thought is based around the idea that ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. For me personally, I have had a lot of different goals along my journey so far, but my dream has always stayed the same, and that is to develop enough success and economic stability that I can use this to invest in the sustainability of culture and land for ATSI communities so that we can continue to pass along the stories that Ngakkan Nyaagu (NGNY for those who are a bit our ancestors have passed onto us for the last tongue twisted with the pronunciation) is a one 60,000+ years. The connection between the two, hundred per cent Aboriginal owned Digital in my view, is based on understanding where Agency. At NGNY, we build websites, mobile culture and economics meet. This is how I see it; applications, assist with digital and technology if we as a community establish increased strategy and do graphic design. We formed independence through economic participation Ngakkan Nyaagu because of our interest in and sustainability, we then improve our position technology, but most importantly we see to invest in projects and ideas that support the technology as an opportunity for all of sustainability of our culture and our history so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander that we can pass these onto our kids and also communities to become more engaged and share with the rest of the world. involved in technology to create economic Liam (right) pictured alongside his uncle, Stephen Ridgeway During my four years at Microsoft as an Account 18 opportunity and pathways for the growth of self-determination. A major part of our vision at Ngakkan Nyaagu is to contribute towards growing an Indigenous Digital Economy where we are assisting and providing more opportunities for ATSI people to influence and create new technologies. We want to achieve these dreams and goals through education and through more exposure to the technology industry by demonstrating to all our ATSI people that they too can partici pate and create innovative technology. 19