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Meet Ranielle, IT Security intern

At SSS we are passionate and committed to help
develop and prepare young talent for a career in the
IT Security industry. It is for this reason that we are participating in initiatives like the Victoria University ICT Careers Expo and the Summer of Tech programme.

In November 2017, Ranielle Aguinaldo joined our team
as an IT Security Intern.  Subsequently we appointed Ranielle into a permanent, full time position. 

We asked Ranielle below about his role and what he enjoys most about his internship position.

Our General Manager also shares some useful information in preparing for your application and interview.

Ranielle, how did you join SSS?

The internship position was advertised on the Victoria University's CareerHub page.

What did you study?

I am in my fourth year of Network Engineering.  

What did you enjoy most about being an intern at SSS?

Being exposed to the different divisions and various offerings within SSS helps me gain a broader understanding of the different aspects of IT security.  It helps me know what I need to work towards and what I need to do to get there. 

What areas did you have exposure to as part of your internship?

One of the great things about the SSS internship is that I have had exposure to very different areas of IT Security. I have had exposure to IT Security Support and Implementation for Endpoint security tools as well as other products, security consulting services and software development.  These varied areas have helped me to understand and use the networking principles I have learnt and continue learning at university.

What are your career aspirations?

From my internship, I have developed a keen interest to transition into a Security Consultant.  SSS has a Security Consulting division with experienced and technically sound staff.  I believe that SSS can help me transition into that role later in my career.

Why do you believe it is useful for students to consider intern opportunities?

Internship opportunities help students get a feel for how things are done in practice and what work is involved in the field they want to specialise in.  Internship opportunities help students mature to better transition themselves from study to work life.

As an intern, you will gain valuable insight in learning how to interact with a diverse group of people who are at different life experience stages.  Your internship offers you not just technical and practical hands on experience, but will also teach you the 'soft skills' necessary to become a successful employee.

Having been through the process, what advice can you offer to help other prospective interns prepare for their internship?

Lack of experience was my biggest issue and fear in starting my internship.  It is important to know that the internship role is not just to showcase your skills, it is to help you transition into your professional career.  An employer like SSS will offer you all the support you need.

How can you prepare yourself for applying for an internship position and attending an interview?

Our General Manager, Ashton Jones shares this useful information.

When we look at potential interns, we are looking for passionate and driven candidates.  These attributes are generally hard to spot in CVs and cover letters, and we really only use these documents to assess the following:

  • Your academic record.
  • The quality of your writing.  
  • Any relevant special interest projects you have completed outside of your studies.

At the interview stage, candidates that stand out are those that are personable, confident, professional, presentable, and most of all those who can demonstrate a passion relevant to IT Security.

We are looking for individuals who have taken the time to research our organisation, have specific interest in one or more of the areas that we work in, and ask good questions.

At the interview stage, we will also be on the look out for initiatives candidates have undertaken at home.  One example of this is where students maintained their own lab at home to expand their knowledge in relevant areas.

Most of all, be yourself in the interview. It doesn't make sense for you to join a company with a culture that doesn't work for you.