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Vijay – Graduate Systems Administrator

Tell us about your role

I am currently working within COE (Common Operating Environment), which is a part of CP (Centralised Processing). This is a major project with the Australian Department of Defence and COE manages 56 different domains (environments).

The COE Operations Team that assists other users within defence with their ICT needs such as user account management, remote access, printer access, domain support and various other ICT related things. We also have to assess each ticket that comes through for quality checks to ensure they provide all the required information for easy actioning of the job.

What do you like most about your role?

One of the things that I like most about my role is the interaction with the clients. This can be both challenging and rewarding just the same. Our interaction with the Department of Defence also gives me a sense of pride that our work is contributing towards our national security, no matter how small it may seem from our end.

What did you study?

Bachelor of Environments, Civil Engineering Systems and Master of Engineering, Civil with Business

Words of advice for the recruitment process

Honesty is of utmost importance. This will make the process much easier for the interviewers and yourself, making sure that you find the place that works best for you.


David – Graduate Software Engineer

Tell us about your role

My role as a software engineer is to design, create, and maintain software solutions for our clients so they can do their job more effectively. During my time at Leidos, since joining as a graduate, I have spent the majority of my time writing code and designing software architectures, which I love. I have also been involved in setting up some of our development infrastructure and managing our dedicated servers, ensuring that we have the necessary tools to do our job.

Aside from knowledge of software design and programming languages, general problem solving skills and attention to detail are absolutely essential in my role. The ability to learn and adapt quickly are also very important due to the rapid change in technology.

I work in a small team of five people, which creates a relaxed and helpful environment where we are able learn from one another and easily discuss any issues. This is reflective of the organisation as a whole, although, as the projects that Leidos is involved in are quite varied, there is little interaction between project teams except at organisational events.

What do you like most about your role?

Leidos is a large company and therefore has a wide range of different projects and customers, each at a differing stage and involving differing technologies. This means there is always something new and interesting going on, which is exciting to be a part of and provides constant challenges due to the ever changing technologies that we get to use.

One of my favourite things about being a software engineer is getting to design the software architecture and solving problems for the first time. I also enjoy learning new program languages and dealing with technologies that I have never used before. I know that this is the right job for me because I still want to write software in my free time, even after a tough work week.

What did you study?

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (Honours)

Words of advice for the recruitment process

My advice for anyone looking to join Leidos would be to make sure you are aware of the security clearance requirements and also that it is more important to focus on general skills rather than becoming and expert at a single language or technology. For anyone still studying my advice would be to get involved in as many aspects of university life as possible (clubs, weekend trips, studying abroad, etc). Also forge good relationships with your lecturers and course coordinators as it will open up more opportunities and lead to discussions and general advice.

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