Monday, 11 September 2017
Meet Roshan Weerasuriya, our Subject Coordinator for the Bachelor of IT in Melbourne. We caught up with Roshan for a quick chat on his motivations, his inspirations and most importantly, his advice for students pursuing a career in IT.
Technology is ever-changing and the challenge of keeping up-to-date with it keeps me motivated!
I would say that mentoring and guiding students would be the best part of my job. Being in the academic industry also provides many opportunities to work on new things which is really amazing.
Being a Software Engineer as well as a University lecturer for the past twenty years, has led me to work in many exciting projects. The most exciting project I’ve worked on pioneering the programming of a Cloud software.
It is a short and sweet answer - being innovative, proactive and loyal to your organization.
By practicing! Having a community of friends in a similar field also helps - they will constantly update you on the current technologies and trends. This is important because as an individual, we’ll have limited scope. And one of the ways to widen our scope is to network and associate ourselves with others.
I’m unable to give you a clear answer for this as the products which I’m not a fan of today may be products that I like in the future. This can be due to the improvements made to the products by the vendor. What this shows is that one of the ways for your software or product to be widely accepted by the market is to continually improve and change.
I usually take a break and stop working on the problem. After a short time, I will go back to the task with a fresh mind. This method has proven to give me better results.
In my opinion, many career options are rewarding as long as you gain the competence and necessary skillsets.
Assess and take risks in your life, have a positive attitude, learn the importance of teamwork and have a “let go approach”.. The “let go approach” is important as nothing in this life is permanent. The only permanent thing in life is “change”, so make yourself and your mind ready for that.
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Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.