As a recent graduate with a dual degree in Business and Law from the University of Queensland, Old Boy Asel Siriwardana (2011) has just landed his dream job. Having secured a graduate role in Business Strategy with Google, he will be based in their Sydney office at Pyrmont. According to Asel, Google looks for the well roundedness of a person, not just pure academic achievement. It is the distinctive traits and qualities of such people that Asel says are characteristic of Churchie boys.
Even with three years of experience working at Apple as a Tech Specialist, which included working with partnering companies, some of Asel’s most instrumental influences came from his teachers at Churchie. So, before he headed to Sydney to become a Googler, he met up with his Japanese teacher Mr Paul Dyer (1986), his PE teacher Mr Wayne Gore and his Kingsley Housemaster and Cross Country coach Mr Michael Simes. “The language skills I developed at school were critical when standing out in the market and during school, it was my involvement with sport that kept me sane.” Asel started studying Japanese in Grade 9 and at the end of Grade 11, he was the only student in Queensland to be selected to travel to Japan on a prestigious fully funded bursary for eight weeks. He was also a very active cross country runner and his academic achievements resulted in his election as Prefect in his final year. Asel was particularly appreciative that Paul, Wayne and Michael each made time to meet with him all at once. As teachers, all three agreed that it is very gratifying to know that you can have such a profound impact on someone’s life to the extent they want to return and thank you personally as they embark on their career after graduation.
As part of Asel’s first few months with the company, he will travel to different Google facilities around the globe to develop his technical and business consulting skills. Other Old Boys that we know of who are currently Googlers are: Nick Love (1990) based in Sydney, Andrew Over (1995) based in San Francisco and Daniel Wang (2005) based in Singapore.
Featured Image (L-R) – Mr Paul Dyer (1986), Mr Wayne Gore, Asel Siriwardana (2011), Mr Michael Simes