Computing students learn the secrets of success from MDA

BCIT Computing frequently welcomes tech sector speakers into classrooms. These visits help students prepare for their careers and offer industry a chance to tell students what they’re looking for.

This past year, MDA sent guest speakers Christian Nadeau, Engineering Manager, and Christopher Bow, a 2016 Computer Systems Technology (CST) grad who is now a Junior Software Engineer.

They visited first-term Computer Systems Technology diploma program students and shared some tips for success in the program. In addition, they also talked about how to thrive in the tech industry.

Tremendous opportunities for software development in a “smart everything” world

Christian described the tremendous opportunities for software development in a “smart everything” world. There are great openings in the many “big player” offices in Canada and a vibrant start-up community in Vancouver. With low IT costs and an abundance of new computing languages, technologies, and frameworks, the entrance threshold for an entrepreneur is very low.

MDA differentiates itself as a locally-grown engineering firm with a mission of doing the right things and doing things right. They make lasting technological decisions and choose tech stacks that are robust, maintainable, and scalable. Christopher described how much he enjoys working on unique projects that have real global impact.

MDA is looking for candidates who are committed to excellence and open to new technologies. They are also looking for creative thinkers who take risks, and who are aware of what’s happening in the world. The firm also values diversity, training and mentoring, and providing a fun and relaxed workplace.

To be successful in the very intensive CST program, Christopher encouraged students to take the time and effort to build their network. That includes connecting with peers, faculty, and staff. He also urged them to get involved in events such as career fairs and workshops, and to seize opportunities when they arise.

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Thanks to Shebia Leung for content for this article.

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