Former GDP participants – Andrew Fong

Degree and graduate year

  • 2013 Graduate Development Program – Health Information Network (ICT) stream.
  • Bachelor of Computer Science Supporting Major in Software Engineering, Edith Cowan University.

What attracted you to WA Health’s graduate program?

The Graduate Development Program offered me the opportunity to be immersed in software engineering and see product delivery in its entirety and from different perspectives. In particular, the wealth and structure of the program offered maximum benefit and preparedness for my career.

What areas did you work in while in the graduate program?

Placements 1 and 2: Design and Development Directorate where I was developing and testing applications.

Placement 3: Service Delivery Directorate where I assisted with the service desk, library and records management, and provided field support .

What did you enjoy most about your graduate year?

There are many valuable experiences I gained from my involvement in the GDP. The level of support and career development was outstanding. The coordinators as well as my supervisors/managers were always very supportive. I enjoyed the many training programs, sessions, presentations, workshops that were provided to help strengthen our abilities.

What is your current position?

I have continued post the program in the Health Information Network Design and Development Directorate working towards becoming an Application Developer.

What does your current job involve?

Application Support. I am currently working on the Theatre Management System (TMS) application and am helping to remediate it to our current web technology stack.

What has been your most memorable experience while working in WA Health?

Having the support of program coordinators as well as my supervisors/managers throughout the Graduate year was great. Being offered a permanent position at the end of the program was such a highlight. I now have the chance to consolidate and work towards my goals of becoming an Application Developer.

What advice do you wish someone had given you prior to starting your graduate year?

Make the most of your time. Attend every workshop and seminar that is offered to you; take up any courses, certifications that you can during your time in the Graduate Development Program. Absorb everything you can from your colleagues around you, don’t be afraid to ask questions and take risks. Once those 12 months are over, you will be a lot more appreciative of the chances that were offered to you.

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