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Interview with Erin Rangi

Interview with Erin Rangi

In the next instalment of our Women in IT series, we feature Erin Rangi, unapologetic All Blacks supporter and an integral part of our national sales team. Erin is JDS’ Splunk Account Director, working closely with our QLD and NSW customers and helping them get answers from their machine data and beyond.

Erin Rangi, Splunk Account Director, QLD/NSW

Now almost 12 months with the team, Erin previously worked with multiple vendors; covering a broad range of IT solutions.

Along with being on the local rugby committee, and loudly supporting her club from the sidelines each weekend; Erin is also a mum of an almost three year old and a wine tour enthusiast!

Read on to learn more about Erin’s path to date; and her equally unapologetic approach to encouraging diversity within the tech space.

Embrace what makes you different and don’t apologise for it, instead use it to bring the best out of your work and the company you work for.

What drew you to your career?

I didn’t wake up one morning thinking, ‘I want to work in IT sales’! I don’t think anyone plans it; and instead it’s a path which finds you. I love to talk to people, the challenge of targets and the overall strategic planning involved in my role. Each previous position has shaped me into the sales person I am today; and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else as what I’m doing now rewards me personally and professionally.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

From my very first phone call with JDS I could feel the energy. It might sound a bit daft, but everyone within the team was excited, enthusiastic; in a professional and genuine way. The immediate rapport I developed was supported by the chance to contribute to a growing, positive practice and this is what helped me decide to join the JDS family; and where I want my future to be too.

The different technologies available to specialise in was also refreshing; and having a leader who lets me decide how and what I want to sell to achieve my goals works for me. There is no micromanagement here. Everyone does their jobs to the best of their ability and are consistently encouraged to utilise other colleagues’ strengths as well. The JDS culture here is actively and continuously collaborative.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

Although I only started with the team last year, I have already been able to grow and change as the business grows and changes as well. JDS is small enough to still be agile, nimble and adapt as needed. When I started I gravitated to Splunk; and worked within the local Splunk team in Brisbane. Since then I have taken on a role entirely dedicated to Splunk and taken on another territory (NSW) in addition to QLD.

I see the opportunities at JDS as endless and I am so excited to see where the next 12 months will take me.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

Diversity is a word used so often that I feel it can lose the impact of what it really means. I read the following quote in a blog recently:

“A bunch of men around the table will never give the best answer. Look around and observe who surrounds you. If everyone looks alike, or if the majority are men, then there’s a problem.”

I believe it’s about mixing up the energy, the ideas. It’s not just about women in IT, it’s about having a wide mix of people in IT. Embrace what makes you unique and different and don’t apologise for it, instead use it to bring the best out of your work and the company you work for.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS has a huge focus on family. Each year there are events simply to acknowledge your loved ones and their support of you. Events such as the yearly Partners Dinner (where everyone brings their significant other), or the family Christmas parties where our Managing Director dresses as Santa and gives each child a unique gift. JDS doesn’t just treat each employee as a member of the JDS family, but also each employee’s family.

Work life balance is a priority and it’s not uncommon to see someone block out time in their calendar to attend a kids swimming carnival or go to the Mother’s Day event at day care (me). My daughter makes me laugh out loud every single day, so to be part of a place where I can spend quality time with her is important to me.

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Interview with Amanda Sam

Interview with Amanda Sam

Today’s educators and professional development providers are constantly looking for new ways to provide students with cutting-edge skills and excellent career prospects once they graduate. General Assembly is one such organisation, offering award-winning curriculum and ongoing mentorship to students across web development, coding, design, business, data analysis, and more.

JDS has had a relationship with GA since mid-2017, partnering with them to find new candidates among their graduates. GA grads are part of an immersive tech program, filled with weeks of intensive training with industry experts. They also often have a variety of backgrounds, including in project management, communications, leadership, and more. GA builds on a student’s previous background by adding a splash of tech knowledge, enthusiasm, and ambition—a winning combination as far as JDS is concerned! We’re always interested in meeting tech and business professionals who can articulate and demonstrate their non-traditional pathways and ideas, as this is what helps us as a business stay fresh and innovative.

Our interviewee today is one of GA’s 40,000+ alumni and part of their unique network of techies, designers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Amanda Sam is also a proud member of the JDS tech family.

Amanda Sam

Amanda Sam, Technical Consultant, Sydney

Amanda was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Sydney, where she developed a passion for the intersection of design and technology. Having enjoyed STEM subjects throughout high school, Amanda used this as a foundation to pursue design going forward. While working as a graphic designer, she started learning more about web design and quickly developed the skills to build and refine websites herself.

Inspired to start a new career path, Amanda undertook the General Assembly program and kept an eye on positions where she could put her new skills to the test. Having secured her position with our Sydney team as a Splunk consultant, Amanda uses her same keen eye for design when presenting new data in Splunk dashboards, and flexes her coding and programming muscles in the backend to make it all happen smoothly.

In this month’s Women in IT interview, we talked to Amanda about her background in tech, what made her want to join the JDS team, and why promoting ICT as a career for women is so important.

A diverse workplace is necessary for any industry; it provides different perspectives in dealing with issues and solving problems.

What drew you to your career?

I started my career as a designer. I was involved with web design in my last job, and I enjoyed building Web/App and the craft of UI design. One day, I had a thought: “It would be fun to build the websites all by myself!” So I quit my designer job and completed the GA program.

During the course, I realised I actually really enjoy writing code and building things.

Therefore, it was a natural progression for me to move from design to tech.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

I heard about JDS through my programming school. I was advised the team was looking for a technical consultant at the time, so I researched the company and the vacant role. I then contacted the JDS HR team and was impressed, so I sent through my application.

During the recruitment process, I learnt more about the company and the broad range of customers for which it provides IT services. I am pleased to be part of the JDS team.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

Since joining JDS, I have found the workplace culture to be relaxed and professional—which I’ve really enjoyed. I’m currently getting up to speed on Splunk and continuing to develop my technical skill set.

My direct manager and the overall business have provided immediate and ongoing development opportunities, with colleagues who have been very supportive of me. Our teamwork culture gives me the chance to direct questions to our consultants, who have been happy to share their experience.

The training at work has encouraged me to complete additional self-training projects in different programming languages during my spare time.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

A diverse workplace is necessary for any industry; it provides different perspectives in dealing with issues and solving problems.

A balance of gender within our industry reflects our society’s diversity and improves our ability to service a broader range of clients and industries. In addition, gender balance provides greater understandings within our workplaces.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS is a good place to work. A great training program is provided, encouraging staff to grow and maximise their potential. Senior staff are prepared to share their knowledge and experience. There is a strong work/life balance at JDS.

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Interview with Symone Soum

Interview with Symone Soum

Last month, the world celebrated International Women’s Day, where hundreds of organisations across the globe came together with commitments to #PressForProgress. In the lead-up to IWD 2018, their website highlighted a free program that was recently launched by Vodafone and the non-profit social enterprise Code: First Girls. This initiative provides coding training to teenage girls across 26 countries in an effort to draw more female students to STEM subjects and support their interest in IT careers.

Previous interviewees for our Women in IT blog series have mentioned how critical it is to support girls’ interest in STEM subjects when they’re in primary and secondary school. As our interview subject today points out, it’s important that children and young adults are encouraged to pursue careers that they’re passionate about—regardless of whether they are generally dominated by one gender.

In this month’s interview, we spoke with our company accountant, Symone Soum, about what drew her to her field and why she enjoys working at JDS.

Symone Soum

Symone Soum, Company Accountant, Melbourne

With skills in analysation and maths, Symone made the decision to pursue a degree in accounting after graduation. She attended Western Sydney University, where she was given recognition of her academic achievements being in the top 15% of students across all faculties. Following her university studies, Symone entered the workforce in Sydney, working in accounting software design, before ultimately moving to Melbourne. She came to JDS a little less than two years ago and has been developing the accountant role here ever since.

We should all be encouraged to, and encourage others to, chase a career path that inspires us—even if that field has historically been dominated by the opposite sex.

What drew you to your career?

Growing up, I was always going to be a ballet teacher. So, I was left quite confused in my late teens when I decided that’s no longer something I wanted to do.

Accounting wasn’t a dream of mine, but I had been known to be pretty analytical, investigative, and systemic with my thoughts and actions. I was also good at math. I put that all together and well... here I am!

What drew you to a job at JDS?

Initially, it was the role itself that drew me to my job at JDS. At the time of applying, the role was exactly what I was looking for.

During the interview stages, I met a few staff members (in the lift, at the front desk, during the interview) and these interactions with staff cemented my desire to land the job.

Every one of them was so friendly and welcoming. These were people I could happily see myself spending time with, so I was happy when I got the gig!

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

I have been with JDS for just under two years now. My role during that time has developed and progressed as the organisation grew, and as the needs of the business changed. I anticipate it will continue to do so.

Recent growth in the Accounting team also presents exciting opportunity to further develop the accounting function and my career at JDS.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

I personally don’t have a strong opinion on women working in the IT industry; I think it’s important for women (and men) to do what makes them happy. If that happiness is a career in IT, then that is definitely something they should pursue.

We should all be encouraged to, and encourage others to, chase a career path that inspires us—even if that field has historically been dominated by the opposite sex.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

The general atmosphere at JDS is very friendly and accommodating. Staff genuinely enjoy each others company. They are happy to be here, and it shows. This happiness is contagious, and in my opinion, really important.

We spend the bulk of our week at work. Spending that time in a supportive, welcoming environment makes “working life” a hell of a lot easier!

The JDS managers are to thank for that. They heavily encourage staff interaction and culture (e.g. Friday afternoon catch-ups/social drinks, regular team meetings, national team functions/outings, etc).

JDS is a good place to work in general—for both women and men.

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Interview with Josie Janssen

Interview with Josie Janssen

A delicious, laneway breakfast kicked off International Women’s Day (IWD) for the JDS Melbourne team today. IWD 2018 is a great chance for reflection as we celebrate more women in our leadership, technical, and business roles than ever before—a trend that we hope gains speed in the local tech industry. While women in STEM have come a long way in the last couple of decades, the need to #PressforProgress—this year’s IWD theme—is still evident.

According to the Australian Financial Review, “Reports indicate that women hold just under a third of all IT jobs, and less than 10 per cent of technology jobs in Australia. Female tech entrepreneurs are outnumbered by their male counterparts at a rate of about four to one.”  

At JDS, we are committed to being part of the change in those statistics, working to promote ICT as a career for women. One of the ways we do this is by highlighting the successful women working in our team and the career paths they took to get here.

In this month’s Women in IT interview, we shine a spotlight on one of our longest-standing female leaders, HR Manager Josie Janssen.

Josie Janssen, HR Manager, Melbourne

Intending to pursue a career as a police officer after graduation, Josie took on early advice to further her education before entering the force. However, after studying Human Resources, she developed a passion for the industry and working with people and culture teams, and decided to enter the workforce in HR.

Commencing with Hays, before transitioning to roles in recruiting and state government, Josie joined the JDS family in 2012 and has significantly contributed to the advancement of the business since.

I believe that we are not just a team because we work together, but more so because we respect, trust, and care for each other.

What drew you to your career?

My career ambition when I was younger was to be in the police force. After studying human resources, I found another way to channel my passion for people and develop talented professionals too.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

JDS had—and continues to maintain—an excellent reputation for great workplace culture and professional services, which appealed to me. Also, a previous manager of mine was working for JDS at the time and referred me for the role. Funnily enough, when I spoke with my recruiter friend for advice on the role and JDS as a company, I found out his wife also worked at JDS!

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

The People and Culture function has grown a lot since I commenced in 2012, but especially in the past year, which is exciting. We recently brought on a fabulous addition to help support me and the growth in our team across all four offices in Australia. In terms of my personal development, last year I completed a postgraduate degree at RMIT in Careers, Education and Development. JDS was really supportive as I completed my studies while working full-time. This is where I see my future headed and the area of HR I’m most interested in.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

The perception of women in IT is thankfully changing. More could be done in primary schools to promote and encourage IT as a career for women. In high school, careers counsellors should be promoting engineering and IT tertiary options—especially as there are so many opportunities out there. Historically, younger women have not been as open or inspired to pursue these careers compared to men, so it is important for us to lead by example and promote the industry.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS proudly supports ICT as a career for women. We collaborate, try to have fun at work, and make the effort with ladies lunches, vendor networking events, etc. JDS also has an additional maternity leave incentive to encourage our female staff to return to work. I believe that we are not just a team because we work together, but more so because we respect, trust, and care for each other.

Conclusion

JDS joins other leaders in the local tech industry who are pushing for change and more gender parity. It is this continued #PressforProgress that will steadily encourage a shift towards a more inclusive and equitable future. As SheStarts founder Nicola Hazell states, “If 2017 was the year of conversation around #MeToo, 2018 should be a year of action.”

To find out how you can take action, visit the International Women’s Day website.

Our team on the case

 

Commas save lives.

Amy Clarke

Marketing Communications Manager

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Writing, communications, marketing, design, developing and maintaining a brand, social media, sales.

Workplace Solutions

Words matter, so make sure you get them right!

Workplace Passion

Helping a company develop its voice and present that to their clients with pride.

Do it with purpose or don’t do it at all.

Vanessa Lizarraga-Castro

Internal Recruiter

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Futuristic, connectedness, learner, positivity, relator.

Workplace Solutions

Listen to understand not respond.

Workplace Passion

Matching people to their dream careers at an employer of choice (us).

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Interview with Jillian Hunter

Interview with Jillian Hunter

With IWD exactly one month away, the 2018 theme of #PressForProgress aims to increase awareness for workplaces and individuals on how they can commit to ongoing action for gender parity. Organisers are asking supporters across the globe to commit to at least one of five selected actions that will press for gender parity. To learn more or find out how you can participate, visit the IWD website here.

Throughout the year, JDS has focused on one of these actions in particular, “forging the positive visibility of women”, through the Women in IT blog series. This month’s Women in IT interview features Jillian Hunter, one of our exceptional support consultants who spends her days wielding exceptional IT and communications skills, and her evenings wielding actual swords in her Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) classes.

Jillian Hunter, Support Consultant, Melbourne

Jillian grew up in the generation frequently referred to as digital natives and proudly states that she has always been a nerd. As tech careers became more varied and widespread, Jillian chose to pursue her passion at a university level, studying Multimedia and Game Design during her Bachelor of IT at Monash University.

With a keen interest in how the computer and the human interact, it’s no wonder she decided to join the workforce in IT support. As she puts it, technology is a language of its own, and IT support staff act as translators for those who aren’t familiar. She enjoys helping people resolve tech issues while also adding to their knowledge, empowering users to improve their IT language skills and have a more successful dialogue the next time.

If you don’t have a diverse workforce, you end up with automatic soap dispensers that can’t detect dark skin, or NASA engineers who ask Sally Ride if 100 tampons is the right amount for one week in space.

What drew you to IT?

I grew up on the internet—my friends and I were building custom CSS themes for our old LiveJournal accounts during school lunchtimes before we even knew that was what coding was. It was a natural progression from there.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

I’d previously found myself in very small companies without a lot of opportunity to advance or gain new skills. I was looking for a job with a future, particularly so early in my career. JDS stood out as a great place to work, one that is supportive and looking to grow the people who make up the business alongside the business itself.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

I joined with very little experience in the products that JDS specialises in and have had the opportunity and encouragement to train in some of the HP/Micro Focus suite and get a certification in the ServiceNow space. Every day is a new challenge—I don’t imagine I’ll ever run out of things to learn!

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

Because if you’re only picking from one specific section of the population, you’re not going to get the full range of talent.

Because if you don’t have a diverse workforce, you end up with automatic soap dispensers that can’t detect dark skin, or NASA engineers who ask Sally Ride if 100 tampons is the right amount for one week in space.

Because women have been in IT since Ada Lovelace started tinkering with equations for the analytical engine, and it is long past time to stop pretending otherwise.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

I’m part of a team of people that care about getting the job done and care about each other. Everyone in JDS is working towards the same goals and is there to help each other achieve them.

Conclusion

JDS is committed to employing and promoting women in technical and business roles across all four of our offices in Australia. If you are a woman looking for a great workplace culture where you can advance your career and develop new skills, check out our careers page and flick us your resume. We would love to hear from you. If you haven’t already, check out the other interviews in our Women in IT blog series, and look for the next installment on International Women’s Day.

Our team on the case

 

When you've had enough sleep, an impossible task becomes an interesting challenge.

Jillian Hunter

Support Consultant

Length of Time at JDS

1.5 years

Skills

ServiceNow, HP ALM/QC, Historical fencing.

Workplace Solutions

Supporting both our clients and our own consultants.

Commas save lives.

Amy Clarke

Marketing Communications Manager

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Writing, communications, marketing, design, developing and maintaining a brand, social media, sales.

Workplace Solutions

Words matter, so make sure you get them right!

Workplace Passion

Helping a company develop its voice and present that to their clients with pride.

Do it with purpose or don’t do it at all.

Vanessa Lizarraga-Castro

Internal Recruiter

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Futuristic, connectedness, learner, positivity, relator.

Workplace Solutions

Listen to understand not respond.

Workplace Passion

Matching people to their dream careers at an employer of choice (us).

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Interview with Natalie Nguyen

Interview with Natalie Nguyen

Globally, women in positions of leadership are driving change. As Forbes recently pointed out, “Fewer than 10% of the U.N. member states have female leaders, but this year they are having an outsized influence on world events.” From the recent announcement of New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to the election in November of several women—including two transgender women—to key city and state offices in the US, more and more people are realising the power of diversity and representation. As our interviewee argues below, championing diversity in business means that you are reflecting the needs of your customers, who come from all backgrounds. It’s as critical in the workplace as it is in politics, and JDS is committed to creating more opportunities for women who are looking to break into or move up the ladder in IT.


Natalie Nguyen, Support Consultant, Melbourne

Having grown up with a father and several uncles who worked in IT, it’s no surprise that Natalie pursued a career in tech. She graduated with a Bachelor of IT from RMIT and began working in IT support roles. Prior to coming to JDS, she worked in IT support for a large retail company, where she managed the office IT and computer equipment in all of the retail stores.

We asked Natalie about what it’s been like working for JDS for nearly two years, how she arrived at IT as a career choice, and her advice for other young women who are pursuing careers in tech.

A balance of gender, age, ethnicity, and other qualities makes sure that teams are creating solutions that meet the needs of all types of people.

What drew you to IT?

I've grown up with computers my whole life and have always been fascinated by how technology can improve and change our everyday lives.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

I was previously working in an IT support role when I stumbled across the JDS job. Working at an IT consulting company appealed to me as it would provide me with a greater exposure to the way different fields were using technology. And I was right—my role at JDS has given me a much broader experience of how corporate companies use IT, and my knowledge of retail has helped with our customers in that industry.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

100%. From the very first day, I have been able to complete certifications and training that have made me better at my job. With a deeper understanding of the software we implement everyday, I've been able to progress and be continually challenged. JDS improved my technical knowledge as well as my soft skills, giving me the opportunity to give presentations in front of the company and attending courses such as 'Toastmasters'.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

Diversity is a good thing. A balance of gender, age, ethnicity, and other qualities makes sure that teams are creating solutions that meet the needs of all types of people.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS's focus on company culture is something that all workplaces should strive for. There is a strong support and training network for all employees and an emphasis on work-life balance.

JDS is passionately committed to maintaining an excellent workplace culture for all of our staff. This includes encouraging work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements, several annual family and partner-oriented activities, and ongoing support and training to help consultants develop new skills and capabilities.

We are actively recruiting for technical consultant roles in Melbourne and Sydney, and we strongly encourage women to apply for any JDS position that suits their skills and workplace passion. Check out our current job listings and apply through our website.

Our team on the case

 

Always ask questions.

Natalie Nguyen

Splunk Consultant

Length of Time at JDS

A year

Skills

Beginner Splunker.

Workplace Solutions

I work on whatever comes through on the helpdesk tickets. I’m learning about Splunk now and really enjoying it.

Commas save lives.

Amy Clarke

Marketing Communications Manager

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Writing, communications, marketing, design, developing and maintaining a brand, social media, sales.

Workplace Solutions

Words matter, so make sure you get them right!

Workplace Passion

Helping a company develop its voice and present that to their clients with pride.

Do it with purpose or don’t do it at all.

Vanessa Lizarraga-Castro

Internal Recruiter

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Futuristic, connectedness, learner, positivity, relator.

Workplace Solutions

Listen to understand not respond.

Workplace Passion

Matching people to their dream careers at an employer of choice (us).

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Interview with Virginia Fielding

Interview with Virginia Fielding

According to a recent survey conducted by Microsoft, girls tend to have peak interest in STEM subjects at around age 11 and then usually lose interest at about age 15. This loss of appeal happens with humanities subjects as well, but generally rebounds later. The results can be attributed to many things, but the survey indicates that many girls find it difficult to maintain interest in a subject where they see so few women role models. As you’ll see in the latest Women in IT series interview below, having inspirational women in science and technology roles is a key part of the ongoing effort to bring equality in representation to the IT employment world.


Virginia Fielding, Consultant, Melbourne

Like many people working in IT, Virginia Fielding comes from a background in engineering. She grew up with a keen interest in STEM subjects, no doubt influenced by her three brothers who also work in science and tech-related fields. She got her start after graduation working at Hewlett Packard, making a name for herself in the managed services area. Eventually, she moved on from HP and accepted a position at JDS, where she has worked for the past eight years.

We asked Virginia about her career journey thus far, and what her advice for other women interested or working in IT roles would be.

JDS strongly encourages work/life balance for their employees.

What drew you to IT?

I like the idea of solving problems for people with practical solutions and became interested in engineering during high school. I discovered I could study both IT and engineering at university and studied computer systems engineering and computer science. I enjoyed both the hardware and software components of the course and, upon graduating, started my career in IT.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

One thing that drew me to JDS was the friendly and supportive culture. On top of that, the opportunity to work with various clients in different industry sectors was an aspect that I found interesting.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

Since joining JDS, I’ve strengthened and developed my knowledge through various client engagements, attending product seminars and training. I have also expanded my knowledge of other products that are part of JDS’s service offering.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

IT is a growing profession but is under-represented by women. Having women in IT provides role models for young women who are into technology and hopefully encourages them to see IT as a career path.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS strongly encourages work/life balance for their employees. After starting my family, JDS fully supported me in returning to work as a part-time consultant. This has offered me the flexibility I needed with my work hours as a parent but also the ability to keep in touch with changes in the industry. There are many other great things that JDS offers to their employees such as the annual partner dinner, family Christmas party, and opportunities to network with other like-minded women in IT.

JDS is passionately committed to maintaining an excellent workplace culture for all of our staff. This includes encouraging work/life balance by offering flexible work arrangements, several annual family and partner-oriented activities, and ongoing support and training to help consultants develop new skills and capabilities.

We are actively recruiting for technical consultant roles in Melbourne and Sydney, and we strongly encourage women to apply for any JDS position that suits their skills and workplace passion. Check out our current job listings and apply through our website.

Our team on the case

 

Deliver a service that works for the customer.

Virginia Fielding

Consultant

Length of Time at JDS

8 years

Skills

HPE system and network monitoring (BSM, SiteScope, OMi, NNMi)

Workplace Passion

Enabling clients to provide high level of availability and performance of their infrastructure to meet their business objectives.  Basically, I want to make sure that what we produce is useful to the customer.

Commas save lives.

Amy Clarke

Marketing Communications Manager

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Writing, communications, marketing, design, developing and maintaining a brand, social media, sales.

Workplace Solutions

Words matter, so make sure you get them right!

Workplace Passion

Helping a company develop its voice and present that to their clients with pride.

Do it with purpose or don’t do it at all.

Vanessa Lizarraga-Castro

Internal Recruiter

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Futuristic, connectedness, learner, positivity, relator.

Workplace Solutions

Listen to understand not respond.

Workplace Passion

Matching people to their dream careers at an employer of choice (us).

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Interview with Emma Taylor

Interview with Emma Taylor

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child—a date marked since 2012 to recognise the obstacles girls face and how they can be overcome through empowerment and global action. Encouraging and empowering girls to pursue STEM subjects from a young age is critical to fostering equality in scientific, mathematical, and technical careers in the future. To celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, JDS is releasing the next instalment of our new Women in IT series, where we interview women working across our offices in technical and business roles. This month we chatted with Adelaide technical consultant, Emma Taylor.


Emma Taylor, Consultant—Adelaide

It’s been over a year since Emma Taylor started in her role as a consultant at JDS, working in the Adelaide office. After a brief stint studying oenology (winemaking) at university, she transitioned into a computer science degree and has been working in IT ever since.

Emma combines her enthusiasm for maths and IT with her knowledge and experience working in retail as a manager and IT consultant. She uses both of those skills in her role at JDS.

We asked her some questions about how she came into the IT world, who her mentors have been along the way, and what her experience has been at JDS thus far.

JDS advertised themselves to meet my job desires and I have not been disappointed.

What drew you to IT?

I have always enjoyed developing a solution to fit a purpose and working with others to achieve their goals. When it came to making a career decision, I had some strong role models working in IT. One in particular, also a woman in tech, mentored me through the decision-making process, answering my questions with examples from her daily experiences.

By drawing on her knowledge, I was able to explore the IT industry and determine it was a good fit for me. Her support through my university degree and into my career has proved vital to my success.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

I was looking for a new challenge. I had some experience in consulting but very little exposure to monitoring systems. I also wanted to feel like part of a team and have a good work-life balance.

JDS advertised themselves to meet my job desires and I have not been disappointed.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

Definitely. Since starting at JDS I have been provided with many training opportunities to get me familiar with the solutions we deliver.

As a consultant, I have grown also, experiencing a range of clients and varying scenarios. The team has supported my development and I always have someone I can ask for support if required.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

Women quite often have a different perspective to offer in a given scenario. To ensure you are offering a complete solution, I believe you need to take into consideration the viewpoints of both men and women. After all, once the solution has been implemented, it is likely to be used by both women and men.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS has a great culture that makes new employees feel welcome. There is a strong focus on training and an excellent support network within the company.

JDS is actively recruiting for technical consultant roles in Melbourne and Sydney, and we strongly encourage women to apply for any JDS position that suits their skills and workplace passion. Check out our current job listings and apply through our website.

Our team on the case

 

Do or do not. There is no try.

Emma Taylor

Consultant

Length of Time at JDS

Since April 2016

Skills

Product: HPE BSM, HPE SiteScope, HPE UFT, Splunk

Personal: Problem-solving, Analytical thinking

Workplace Passion

Breaking a complex situation down into more manageable smaller components that can be tackled individually to provide a comprehensive solution.

Commas save lives.

Amy Clarke

Marketing Communications Manager

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Writing, communications, marketing, design, developing and maintaining a brand, social media, sales.

Workplace Solutions

Words matter, so make sure you get them right!

Workplace Passion

Helping a company develop its voice and present that to their clients with pride.

Do it with purpose or don’t do it at all.

Vanessa Lizarraga-Castro

Internal Recruiter

Length of Time at JDS

Since July 2017

Skills

Futuristic, connectedness, learner, positivity, relator.

Workplace Solutions

Listen to understand not respond.

Workplace Passion

Matching people to their dream careers at an employer of choice (us).

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Careers at JDS

Careers at JDS

Explore the careers available with JDS Australia. By joining our team, you will work for a trusted organisation that provides critical IT services to leading Australian organisations.

Why choose JDS?

At JDS, you will be able to explore a wide variety of software technologies with web, mobile, and backend applications. You will be using the very best kit from our software partners, establishing and working with applications within our enterprise and start-up customers alike. Your mission will be helping our customers ensure that they build software which survives the stresses of real-world application.

Work/Life Balance

JDS actively promotes a healthy work/life balance, with flexible hours and regular events.

Referral Bonus

Consultants referring successful new candidates receive a $2000 referral bonus.

Parental Leave

JDS provides extra paid maternity leave.

Family-Friendly Events

We hold regular events, including monthly team bonding and social nights.

International Opportunities

JDS provides the opportunity to travel abroad to participate in vendor conferences.

Varied Client Engagements

JDS consultants work across a diverse range of leading Australian enterprises.

Multi-Person Engagements

Leverage and learn from fellow consultants across our engagements.

National Team Days

JDS employees attend regular 'Fly Home Fridays' at the head office in Melbourne.

Achievement Incentives

JDS recognises and celebrates employee achievements.

Become an expert in leading technologies

A spotlight on our staff

The value of our team

JDS Culture

  • Our people are our assets, and your ideas are valued
  • We provide a supportive learning environment
  • We commemorate life events such as weddings, birthdays, and births
  • We hold monthly regional get-togethers
  • We celebrate success with lawn bowls, golf, ten pin bowling, partners dinners, and trivia nights

Diversity

  • Diversity is central to life at JDS
  • We promote ICT as a career for women
  • JDS has a program for new graduates, and supports further learning
  • We provide the opportunity to attend networking events, such as the International Women’s Day breakfast, vendor tech nights, meetups, and Vic ICT for Women seminars

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