United Way Students Visit Macquarie Technology Group’s Melbourne Office

November 7 2017, by Lois Potter | Category: Technology Group
Recently Macquarie Technology Group’s Melbourne office saw 20 Yr 9 high school students from Narre Warren South visit. The visit was part of an initiative that United Way has established with the school, we also work closely with United Way and so jumped at the opportunity to give some year 9 students an in-sight into a contemporary working environment and assist them in thinking about how they might approach their post-schooling opportunities.

The day started with some of the Macquarie Technology Group team sharing their personal paths from school to employment and illustrating how they often had to overcome adversity.

Michael from the Telco Leadership Team kicked off the discussions, describing his unconventional journey- leaving home at 15 and working all variety of jobs before taking a leap of faith and moving from a managerial hospitality position to an entry level role in the telecom industry. Michael told the students that it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it matters how you do it, expressing the importance of willingness to work and learn, from the standpoint of both an employee, and a hiring manager.

Morgan, one of our Technical Consultants picked up next and told the students how after working in the telecom industry for a number of years in China he moved to Australia and took a step down, with a “work experience” placement at Macquarie Telecom. From this 3 month work placement arose an opportunity for a permanent position, he has now been with Macquarie Telecom for almost 3 years.

Andrew from the Operations Team finished up the employee stories, and spoke of the struggles he faced as a “knock about kid” who spent his youth focusing on sport instead of studies. Andrew passed on a lesson learnt from his parents that just as the news papers he delivered as a boy were important to the people who received them, so too are the services received by customers of Macquarie Telecom, things matter to people.

The day then saw the students laughing and sharing ideas throughout a series of quick-fire workshops discussing everything from creating a resume to how you might act in a job interview.

A BBQ for the whole office, followed by a tour of the building and a visit to our rooftop garden concluded the day, hopefully leaving the students with some lasting memories and career inspirations.

United Way photo Students explore Macquarie Telecom office building