Calli Bates

Calli Bates

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Software Development

The world we live in is shaped by technology and she wanted to be part of that, says Calli Bates who is in the final year of her Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences.

“Everything is becoming digitised and automated, and there’s endless potential for what could be automated next. It feels like a technology revolution, and I want to be involved in that.”

She already has a clear idea what she wants to do when she graduates.

“I would love to work for a company that’s shaping the world of technology, like Google. I’d like to work in their software engineering team; coming up with new, innovative software. I could also see myself working for the government, either here or in the US, and help to improve cybersecurity and prevent cyberattacks.”

Choosing AUT
Choosing where to study was easy, Calli says.

“I had visited campuses for tons of universities, in New Zealand and America, but AUT always felt right for me. Now, I realise that it was probably the community feel that attracted me to AUT. It seems like no matter what you’re doing, everyone is willing to help each other out. Between the students and staff, there’s an incredible network of support.”

She says she would highly recommend the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences.

“What you learn is obviously valuable in the tech industry, and the papers tend to shift every year to keep up with what’s new in the industry. That is so useful, because once you’ve finished the degree you won’t have to play catch-up to get to the level needed by employers; you’re already there.

“I’ve really enjoyed my papers on programming. It doesn’t take long at all before you’re making applications that do really cool things. One of the best moments so far was making an adventure game programme for the paper Programming 2. It was so satisfying to see just how much knowledge I had acquired, and make something worth showing people.”

Advice for other students
Study something you’re passionate about, Calli advises.

“Find the field that makes you excited just thinking about, and then go after it.”

Don’t let anyone convince you that it’s not right for you, she adds.

“As a girl pursuing a technology career, at first I felt out of place. I got some weird looks from people when I told them what I was studying and what I wanted to do. If I had let what everyone else expected me to do shape where I’m going in my life, I’d never have ended up where I am today. Going with what makes you passionate is the best decision you can make.”