Full Stack Software Engineer, ezyVet
Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Software Development
As a software engineer for ezyVet, computing alumnus Jaime King now uses his programming skills to help vets around the world look after animals.
“I work as a part of an agile team, building software for veterinary clinics around the world. My day to day tasks include fixing bugs, implementing new features and investigating customer problems to find solutions.
“One recent achievement for me was investigating and solving an issue where some of our US customers were unable to send communications. The root cause had been eluding us for some time until I finally identified what was causing the bug. After this, I worked with another engineer to implement a solution. That solution is now in place and we get to see pleased customers who can get on with their work.”
There are lots of reasons why he enjoys working at ezyVet.
“The people are the biggest drawcard for me. Every day is exciting when you’re working with people you enjoy being around. I also like that everyone at ezyVet is tasked with outlining a personal development plan, and we meet with our managers every two weeks to go over our progress. I also enjoy being able to get exposure to other parts of the business, whether it be working with our support team to solve problems, getting data for finance investigations, or working with marketing and people and culture on the next careers fair or hackathon plans.”
Supported to thrive
For Jaime, enrolling in AUT’s Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences was the first step towards the rewarding career he has now.
“The first year of the computing degree offered a sample of the pathways I could follow. This was great as I learned a lot of base knowledge about the IT industry that I could take with me in my career. In the second and third years, I specialised in software development. The courses in that pathway were geared towards learning practical skills, which has proven to be very useful now that I’m working in the software industry.
“One of the highlights for me was working in a team in my first year to design and build a project that had elements of both software and hardware. Once we completed the project, I was asked to showcase the project at the AUT open day and talk to future students about the degree. I valued this experience as I enjoy talking to the future developers that will soon be joining the software industry. I continue to do this today as I attend careers fairs and will soon be taking part as a mentor in ezyVet’s first hackathon.”
Throughout his time at university, Jaime also made the most of the opportunities offered by the AUT Employability team.
“At the end of my second year, I was lucky enough to gain an internship with Waka Kotahi NZTA. I was part of a team tasked with building a new application for New Zealand’s transport controllers. I was able to see the go live process for the application as it was implemented in transport operations centres in Auckland and Wellington. I may have missed this internship if it wasn’t for the assistance from the AUT Employability team. I also attended many lunchtime sessions where AUT would bring employers into the uni to talk about what they do and the opportunities they had on offer.”
Advice for other students
Jaime, who graduated from AUT at the end of 2019, has some great advice for other students.
“Make the most of your time at AUT. Hunt out all the opportunities that the university can offer you – go for clubs, competitions, networking events and anything else you can find. Remember to have fun and meet new people; you’ve got some good years ahead of you.”
Get to know your lecturers and the teaching staff, he adds.
“The academic staff all have a wealth of knowledge behind them, so don’t be afraid to ask too many questions.”