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Michael Johnstone

Michael Johnstone

Software Engineering Graduate
Swinburne University
Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science

1. What have been the highlights of the graduate program?

I get to work on projects that are the leading edge of the industry. I enjoy working on feature requests that have never existed before, and seeing the come from just an idea to a tangible, working feature in our product suite.

2. Why Honeywell?

Why did you choose Honeywell?

Honeywell strives to be the industry leader in everything that they do, and I wanted to be part of an organisation that is constantly innovating.

What does a typical day as a grad involve?

As a graduate software engineer, I was placed directly into a team working on a particular project. I didn’t really feel like I was working as a graduate, because I was given the same opportunities as the rest of the team members to contribute. Of course, there were not the same expectations of me due to my limited experiences, but my team members were always happy to help with any problems I was having.

So my day to day role looks exactly like anyone else’s. My team employs the scrum methodology –my day involves turning up to work and continue doing what I was doing at the end of the previous day. I then participate in my teams daily scrum meeting, and then it’s back to working on the features our team has committed for the current sprint.

Tell me a bit about your training and development opportunities.

During my first year, myself and the other graduates participated in a 3 day soft skills training course where we learnt communication, networking etc skills. In my second year, Honeywell sent me to NDC Sydney, a week long software conference. Here I learnt about different technologies I had not yet been exposed to, and how to survive working in the world of Software.

Honeywell also have a structured career path outlining the steps and skills required to reach the next rank of software developer within the company. It is up to you to work on your skills to get to the next rank, but Honeywell provides the support to allow you to do so.

3. What is your tips for a graduate applying for a graduate role?

  1. Work on a project of your own outside of uni that you are passionate about.
  2. Industry work experience is invaluable during your uni years.
  3. Engage in network opportunities as they are available to you

Bridget Pyc

Sales Engineering Graduate
Queensland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Surrey
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and Bachelor of Science

1. What have been the highlights of the graduate program?

Through the role I’ve been behind the scenes in the Sydney Opera House, to view back-of-house collections in one of New Zealand’s most incredible museums and into local prisons.

2. Why Honeywell?

I chose Honeywell as the role offered was unlike any other I had seen before and ideal following my conjoint degree. Honeywell appealed to me because of its combination of advanced technology and energy efficient solutions.

I’m particularly proud of the work we do at Honeywell when I step back in a sales presentation and realise that our technology is able to make people’s lives easier, to save costs, and in particular to make buildings around the world more energy efficient.

3. What does a typical day as a grad involve?

A typical day as a grad can involve working in the background on engineering designs, meeting with customers to understand their needs and all things in between.

This role has given me contact to an incredible range of people and access to spaces I never would have otherwise.

4. Tell me a bit about your training and development opportunities.

Honeywell has a huge amount of training opportunities, if one seeks it out the possibilities are nearly endless. My development has included 6 days of “soft-skills” training – a valuable course which covered personal and interpersonal skills which I will value for life. As well as this, I’ve been exposed to technical training through online self-learning and instructor driven courses.

5. What are your tips for a graduate applying for a graduate role?

  1. Study whatever you want to study. It’s easy to get bogged down in chasing that prized final ‘piece of paper’. But ticking off the correct subjects as fast as possible with minimal effort in order to meet the degree requirements is really not what study is about. It took me a while, but I eventually learnt this from a fellow student, who after 60, retired from a life in the oil industry and was now pursuing his hang-gliding piolet licence and the study of physics all for fun. This is what is should be about, picking subjects you want to and delving in as deep as your interests drive you to.
  2. Travel. I learnt equal amounts from my 5 years in university classes, as I did from the few months travelling in between these.
  3. Meditate. I didn’t know this one at university, but the benefits to all aspects of life are incredible.


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