Upcoming pretty soon, we're having one of our big events at Entry29@UC called So you want to work at Google.

And if there was anything that you could note about pretty much any undergraduate software engineer living in Australia, you can pretty much guarantee they haven't worked at Google. So what gives us any qualification to give such a talk?

The University of Canberra

Sudo is currently hosted in the University of Canberra, with plans to expand to the Neighbouring Universities[citation needed]. Annually, we seem to have leakage from events happening on our neighbouring and more-elite university the ANU, and whilst most events don't peak my interest, the fact that Google Employees were doing a recruitment drive, definitely did, and if anyone knows me well enough, they knew I damn well attended.

After the demonstration, the lady I spoke with was quite nice, and after some conversation and finding out she worked in HR, I admitted I wasn't entirely entitled to be there, and was actually infiltrating visiting from UC. The recruitment officer said she was actually from UC also, and met her husband at ANU, and the following was her response once I asked why the recruitment drive did not come to visit my University.

We haven't received any successful applications [for software developers] from UC.

Apart from shocking me, this was actually quite a depressing statistic, and as I try as I might, trying not to draw the same conclusion for myself or my colleagues was quite difficult.

Some could argue that UC just doesn't have the ATAR height to reach the desired target to attract switched on developers, some could also argue that it's because UC isn't a part of the Group of 8, and others could really argue that they're pretty much the same thing.

In either direction, we started Sudo in direct spite of this fact, showing that with the right guidance, training, spirit, inspiration and environment, we can instil good patterns, habits and traits in Developers. We absolutely want to be the catalyst for change, to better the IT community at UC, especially in helping students being thrust from an academic to a career-based mindset.

On not re-coding the wheel.

I'm not the first person to vouch for the power of Open Source, and certainly not the last. If there's one thing that I can't say about the power of open source, especially as someone who's main area is Javascript, is that reinventing the wheel is a terrible, terrible idea. [See Don't roll your own Crypto]. In the true spirit of open source, I'm not going to try to explain how powerful it can be, and how much we've developed as a field being able to openly share each other's work, so I'll hand it off to one of my favourite online personalities, Tom Scott.

We will definitely touch on this in the presentation, so please do give this a try as it will really open your mind as to how to develop in the modern and practical sence.

Getting to know how much we don't know.

In any discipline, the first step to any progress is admitting and deciphering between what you know, and what you don't, and this process isn't as straight forward as you may think. We acknowledge this when trying to teach people how to get from where they are now to a job at Google, and we should be opening with this in the presentation as well. We aren't experts, and nor should we pretend to be.

If Universities are doing they're job, students should be able to take the advice we give with as many grains of salt as they please, and should be able to cut through the bollocks and decide between the useful and the useless information. Please bear in mind as much as we want to tell you how to get there, we might be wrong, and we take no reservations in apologising for that. Sudo just wants to set the crosshairs in the right direction, and inspire all of it's members to aim high.

Now to really stop procrastinating and get back to making the presentation. Thanks for being a part of this amazing and growing community.