Meet Bachelor of Software Engineering (honours) Student Tyrus Calderia.
Like a lot of children, Tyrus spent many hours of his childhood playing video games for fun. It wasn’t until he reached high school he became interested in IT, taking computing classes that introduced him to web design, 3D art and C# programming.
“I was attracted to the Bachelor of Software Engineering degree at ANU because it included interesting courses and allowed me to choose what major and minor I wanted, rather than making me focus on a computing major and minor.”
Since beginning his studies at ANU, Tyrus has realised how important communication is for software engineers.
“Computer science is not just working on code and on your own, it’s about collaborating with people and students in your class.”
“I gained a lot of knowledge about working in a group environment during a software engineering project. I worked not only with software engineers, but also with engineers who handle the hardware too.”
Tyrus is very active in the ANU community, he is a student ambassador, a Peer-Assisted Learning Mentor (PAL) who helps first year students understand their studies, and an active member of the Computer Science Students’ Association (CSSA).
“The best thing about studying at ANU is the amount of friends and contacts I’ve made. Being part of a society has helped my studies, I’ve made lots of new friends and I’ve connected with people who are doing similar or the same courses as me.”
“The Computer Science Students’ Association has allowed me to connect with businesses such as Indeed, Facebook, Google and many others which offer internships and work experience.”
Tyrus has experienced first-hand where a degree from ANU can take him.
“My degree has taught me many things about software engineering which I am able to apply to real life projects in the workplace.”
The future is certainly bright for Tyrus, in 2017 he landed ICT Cadetship with the Chief Information Officers Group (Department of Defence). The Cadetship allows Tyrus to enter the workforce, gaining valuable experiences while he continues to study.