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Internship Leads to Job Offer

Posted 19th March 2019

James Tan is only half way through his internship, and he has already received a lucrative job offer……from his internship host in Adelaide!!

James, a graduate from Jilin University in China, is in his final semester of the 21-month Master of Science in Information Technology degree.

“My passion is being able to use historical data to predict outcomes and drive decision-making, but I knew that I needed to go to grad school to build my technology knowledge and skills”, said James.

“I chose CMU because it’s the #1 university in the world for analytics education.

“And its compulsory internship program meant that I’d get valuable hands-on experience which I thought would be beneficial when looking for a job,” said James.

In January, he joined TCPinpoint for his 3-month internship to develop a Web-based administrative dashboard tool for use by their employees to support customers and deliver efficiencies.

TCPinpoint specializes in helping property owners and developers deliver tenancy and fit-out projects using a cloud-based collaboration tool. The company was founded by Ms Rachel Kidwell in 2016 following an extensive career in project management.

In the office: James Tan with TCPinpoint's CTO Oli Young

I chose CMU because it’s the #1 university in the world for analytics education. And its compulsory internship program meant that I’d get valuable hands-on experience which I thought would be beneficial when looking for a job.

James’ administrative dashboard has been designed to provide the TCPinpoint team with real time day-to-day operational information so they can monitor every aspect of the company with a view to managing resources and identifying potential issues.

The dashboard provides a whole picture of the company; the daily statistics, financial position, budget status, how many projects the company has and the status of each project. Users can then drill down into each project to get the specific details.

“It’s a valuable management tool and something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, said Rachel Kidwell, TCPinpoint founder.

“So we jumped at the chance to have student interns from Carnegie Mellon University to add to our limited resources.

“I highly recommend CMU’s internship program to any business or organization. The CMU Career Services team are delightful to work with and they have developed a very simple recruitment process.

“Having interns has been an excellent experience for us. James is our third CMU intern. All have been outstanding and made significant contributions to the business.

“The students have the skills to deliver real outcomes during their internships. I would have employed all three in a heart-beat, but as a start-up I didn’t have the resources.

“Ironically, now that James has built the administrative dashboard, we’re able to do some predictive analytics of our own and are now in a position to offer James a full-time position once he completes his internship.

“It’s a big step for TCPinpoint to engage another fulltime software engineer and I’m confident James will play a key role taking the company to the next level”, said Rachel.

Back to James

“The internship part of my degree was excellent. The experience has helped me hone my technical skills, learn new skills and really grow as a person, said James.

“I was always confident with technology, but thanks to my internship I’ve been able to work on my non-technical skills such as working in a team, presenting ideas to management and working with clients.

“Its been a fantastic experience…..and I never dreamed that there’d be a fulltime job at the end….but I am really happy and enthusiastic to be joining an exciting start-up like TCPinpoint.

James Tan at his workstation at TCPinpoint

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