Jad Osseiran

When self-confessed travel fanatic Jad Osseiran started at UWA he tried a number of different double degrees but eventually settled on a single degree in software engineering. Jad had found his natural home.

“I was always following extra tutorials and courses online in iOS development but I was only able to get the most out of them by leveraging the skills I was learning at UWA,” Jad says.

The marriage of a strong uni curriculum and making the most of the abundant online resources helped me forge a career in the most exciting part of the world for software engineering.

That part of the world was Silicon Valley and tech-industry behemoth Apple. There he works on the tvOS platform, an operating system developed by Apple for its Apple TV. We asked Jad whether he thinks tech companies are on track to make programming a career to covet.

“The Bay Area is an incredible place where anyone with a passionate idea is able to tap into a network of the world's best engineers, designers, product managers and entrepreneurs to make their idea a reality. It is an all-too-common sight to have people brainstorming their ‘next big thing’ in a crowded coffee shop. These kinds of interactions allow tech companies of all sizes to flourish here.

"Having worked in both a startup in the heart of San Francisco and at Apple, a Silicon Valley veteran, I find there is a sense of curiosity and drive that is nurtured in both of these otherwise different worlds.

"Bringing this drive and curiosity to others in a way that makes programming more accessible is what I am really excited to see happen next. Whilst programming is only a subset of that goal, it’s the part which interests me the most.

"This idea is gaining traction in the Bay, and many companies, start-ups and giants alike are trying to execute on that through education. These companies use devices like the iPad and the iPhone which have opened a Pandora's box of creativity.

"Creative applications are now allowing people of all ages to do great things such as learning to code on their iPads, following free lecture from universities such as Stanford and MIT, and learning programming paradigms through interactive games.”

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