Amazing Career Journeys
Software Engineer and "Serious Game Designer"
Ginil works for Sydac, a company that designs simulators that are used by the defence and the rail industry. He says the favourite part of his work is “improving communication between man and machine”. He has even developed an avatar which is a computer graphic image that represents a person and interacts like a person. Recently, Ginil has been working on a rail simulator for train drivers in Norway which enables them to practice their driving skills. This simulator ends up saving millions of dollars by preventing potential driver error and saving lives.
Ginil came from India to Australia when he was only 10 years old. He had no idea what his life down under would bring. But with a grandpa who was an engineer and a dad and brother who are engineers, it eventually became clear to Ginil that an engineering career pathway would use his natural gifts and talents too.
When Ginil discovered computers, he found he understood the way they worked. His favourite hobby when he was a kid, was playing computer games and he started teaching himself about programming. At school his preferred subjects were maths and science because he’d always know if he was right or wrong, unlike English and other ‘arty’ subjects where answers and results are subject to interpretation.
Ginil decided when it came to career pathways and engineering, he would not work on bridges or roads but wanted to keep learning about the world of computers and web development. He went to Adelaide University and completed his Bachelor of Engineering in IT and Telecommunications. He is very happy working at Sydac where there is an ever increasing range of exciting project opportunities for him to get involved in.
One day Ginil would like to run his own IT company. He sees himself as a kind of translator between the ‘computer world’ and those who don’t understand that world.
Computers aren’t everything in his life. Ginil loves soccer, snowboarding and getting out and having fun with his friends. If you ask Ginil about his career pathway though, he’d say that working with computers sure gives him a chance to use his creativity… even changing the way people interact at a global level.
Questions & Answers
- What is the best aspect about your work?
- Doing something new, interesting and exciting. Rarely do I ever do anything repetitive.
- What is the most challenging aspect about your work?
- Solving problems which have never been solved before means you have to think very creatively at times.
- What high school and/or Uni/TAFE did you go to?
- Christian Brothers College - University of Adelaide.
- What did you study in further education?
- Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology and Telecommunications)
- What is the best career advice you can give to someone is interested in going down a similar path?
- Ensure you have an inquisitive mind and truly love problem solving.