Google Vice-President Engineering and RMIT alumnus, Hugh Williams, talks about careers in computer science, and how RMIT's programs give students the skills and experience industry needs.
In this video Hugh Williams is talking to camera in a modern RMIT campus building. Upbeat music plays throughout.
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[Screen title] Hugh Williams, Vice President of Engineering – Google Maps
My name's Hugh Williams. I'm the Vice President of Google Maps at Google.
It's an amazing time to be a computer scientist.
There's a lot going to be happening in computer science over the next few years.
It's an amazing career path for students who have graduated.
I think one of the core things that you learn in computer science here at RMIT is just how to write software. And writing software will never ever go out of fashion.
So when you've really got those fundamentals of computer science, they’ll really stand you in good stead in whatever career you choose to do.
You can do anything today from testing software, which is incredibly hard and incredibly important, through to building software, which I think is what most people associate with computer science, through a very important area called product management where you actually figure out what users want and what it is that companies should build to help those users.
As a vice president at Google, one of the things I really look for in graduates and people who are coming into the company is people who have a really cross-disciplinary approach to computing.
At the core, it's incredibly important that you can write and build great software, but what's really important is that you can communicate with others and understand the skills that others bring.
All sorts of things are being disrupted and changed by the power of computing.
It's a really great time to get involved.
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