Meet Christopher, an Auckland University Computer Science graduate who’s on the road to a great career.
A full academic schedule while he was studying for his Computer Science degree didn’t stop Christopher Sinclair pursuing his other passion – motorcycles.
He juggled his studies with his other role as President of the University Motorcycle Club. They may seem like radically different interests, but according to Christopher, he’s always been fascinated by making things go faster.
“I decided on Computer Science because when I was growing up I had always liked working with computers and technology. I often found myself acting as a tech support service for friends and family.”
Looking to turn his passion into a career, Christopher enrolled in the BSc in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, where he enjoyed the pragmatic nature of software development. Writing code to create a portfolio of projects proved to be his true calling in Computer Science.
“The most useful parts of my degree definitely came from the more practical based papers which based their content on assignments on common software development industry practice.
“I always found actually writing code and trying to understand how it all worked much more fun than the theoretical part of the courses. I'm very much the same when it comes to working on bikes, always keen to pull the tools out and take things apart instead of reading the workshop manual. Occasionally it ends in disaster in both programming and mechanical work!”
After graduating, Christopher used his networking skills to land a position where he could put his skills into practice. And as many graduates have discovered, he realised that learning never stops.
“My current role at Maxtel Software involves a balance between support work, a small amount of software development work and testing. I spend a fair amount of time during and outside work hours studying and trying to further my skills as a developer to progress to an Intermediate and one day a Senior developer.”
Christopher reckons other young people can benefit from the approach he took. Enjoy student life, have a well-rounded set of interests (including motorbikes, if that’s what gets your motor running) – and get don’t be afraid to get hands-on with technology.
“There is one essential piece of advice I would give young people looking to get into this industry, and that is to work as much as you can on software projects in your own time to create a portfolio. At the same time, get the best grades you can while studying, and make as many contacts in the industry as possible.”
He’s no longer President of the University Motorcycle Club, but he hasn’t lost the urge to go fast. He has a number of bikes for different types of riding, but if pressed, the current favourite would be his Yamaha TT600r.