Cloud Engineer, The Instillery
Master of Service-Oriented Computing with First Class Honours
Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networks and Security & IT Service Sciences
She chose to study a computer science degree because she realised it was the way of the future, says Michelle Elizabeth Edwin who came to AUT to study a Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences.
“To me, this was a degree that would be beneficial in any area. Everything is computerised now or is on its way to being computerised.
“I knew this degree would challenge me because I came from a background in psychology, and working with humans is a complete contrast to working with computers. I wanted a university that would support my learning from the start to the end, especially in a completely different field of study. AUT did that for me.”
The support to thrive
There were many highlights throughout her time at AUT, says Michelle who was the graduate speaker at the Winter Graduation 2017 ceremony and received the Dean’s Excellence Award for Postgraduate Studies.
“My highlight at university would be the inspiring lecturers I had the chance to meet at AUT. It was great to see how they all went out of their way to provide the extra support I needed when the degree got challenging.
“I also enjoyed the smaller classrooms at the AUT South Campus, especially in the first year of my bachelor’s degree, because they gave me the ability to interact with the lecturers a lot more. Having a university in the south of Auckland motivated me to commute in for classes because parking and travel was convenient. Even when I moved to the City Campus for my master’s degree, having the AUT shuttle made the commute into the city so much easier.”
She also appreciated AUT’s efforts to include diversity within its programmes.
“Computer sciences, maths and engineering have long been male-dominated fields. To help support women and women of colour in these fields, AUT has programmes for schoolgirls and women who are currently in these areas of study to support and motivate them to apply for work in the tech industry. This makes AUT stand out as a university and has certainly helped build my confidence in the role I am currently in.”
Finding the perfect role
After completing her master’s degree at the end of 2018, Michelle is now working as a cloud engineer at The Instillery; a role she found with the help of the AUT talenthub team.
“I signed up for the talenthub service and applied for a role listed by another organisation. The talenthub candidate specialist called me shortly after to let me know the role had been filled internally, however there was a cloud engineering role with The Instillery and wondered if I would be interested to come in for a chat. I liked how the talenthub team got to know me and provided me with all the information I needed. That made the interview process a lot easier.”
What she loves most about her role at The Instillery are the learning opportunities this role offers and the variety of skills required.
“I realised there was so much this role could offer me in terms of personal development and a career in the IT industry, and the ultimate determining factor for me was that The Instillery’s values aligned with mine.
“As a cloud engineer I started of learning to support SME customers with their SaaS applications, then I moved on to developing cloud migration skills to support customers wanting to move from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud. I’m currently working toward a Microsoft Azure certification, and I love having the opportunity to widen my professional network by attending events held by some of our major partners like Microsoft and AWS.”