It’s the quintessential Australian holiday. A roadtrip around Australia in a motorhome.
While some are energized by stunning coastal views and iconic tourist attractions, the Atlassian team pursues a different quest.
Transported by their ‘AtlassiVan’, their mission is to recruit new talent in the technology industry. It is therefore logical that they chose to stop on the ANU campus to discuss with our students.
As the sun shone on Monday, October 10, the AtlassiVan drew an engaged crowd to Kambri. Many were interested to know why there was an RV parked in the middle of campus.
Led by co-CEO Scott Farquhar, the Atlassian team spent the morning talking to students and raising awareness of Atlassian, the tech industry, and Atlassian policy from anywhere – Team Anywhere.
“It doesn’t matter if you live in Mount Gambier or Macarthur, you can work for Atlassian and live where you are,” Scott said.
The event gave students the opportunity to connect directly with Atlassian as a future employer.
“If you are considering a career change, take this as your invitation. Atlassian is open for business in Canberra.
Speaking at the event, Vocational Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) Maryanne Dever acknowledged the importance of recruitment events like Atlassian’s for the ANU.
“ANU welcomes the opportunity to partner and work with our commercial industry colleagues to meet Australia’s future technology needs,” said Maryanne.
“That’s why we’ve made significant investments in reimaging our Computer Science and Engineering programs, our 3A Institute at the School of Cybernetics, and our flagship Masters in Applied Cybernetics.”
Providing software to more than 240,000 companies worldwide, from NASA to the Reserve Bank of Australia, Atlassian is hiring 1,000 new employees over the next 12 months in Australia.
“To find the next 1,000 Atlassians we have to think big, in fact we have to think 7 million square kilometres, the size of Australia,” Scott told an engaged crowd.
“That’s why I’m the guy with the van today.”
As he neared graduation, fourth-year engineering student Samrudh Anavatti was excited to meet with the Atlassian team to discuss a career in the tech industry.
“I knew Atlassian before coming today. They are one of the rising companies for software development. It’s very exciting to be able to chat with one of the founders, it’s a super cool thing,” said Samrudh.
“There are so many technology companies, but the fact that Atlassian is ready to come to universities and inspire students is a very good initiative.”