Start your career with Fujitsu – hear from our current Graduates

Each year we recruit a large number of outstanding graduates for our in-demand Graduate Program to inject new ideas, innovative thinking and positive energy into Fujitsu.

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Graduate employees start with us in early February 2019.

Each new employee is paired up with a buddy and a mentor from within the business to help with a smooth transition into life at Fujitsu. We provide the right kinds of tools and training to ensure all our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, peer support, professional development module training and e-learning.

We profiled some of our current Graduates to hear what they thought of the Fujitsu Graduate Program…

Billy Conditsis Graduate – Digital Business Group
Sydney, Australia

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Why Fujitsu? What inspired you to apply?

My previous work experience was also with an IT company so I was always hearing about Fujitsu winning over deals and the amazing tech they were releasing. This led me to research more about the company and from that point on I knew that it was a company I needed to be a part of.

Describe a Fujitsu graduate in 3 words
Fun, Innovative, Digital!

What are some of your day to day tasks within the grad program?

Keeping up to date with emails, attending different types of meetings with key stakeholders across the business, learning more about the company and our offerings, meeting and introducing myself to new people, preaching ‘The Fujitsu Way’.

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Thinking about a career at Fujitsu? Let’s see what our past Graduates had to say about the Program

Each year we recruit a large number of outstanding graduates for our in-demand Graduate Program to inject new ideas, innovative thinking and positive energy into Fujitsu.

Graduate Program Details

Graduate employees start with us in early February 2019.

Each new employee is paired up with a buddy and a mentor from within the business to help with a smooth transition into life at Fujitsu. We provide the right kinds of tools and training to ensure all our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, peer support, professional development module training and e-learning.

We profiled some of our Past Graduates to hear what they thought of their time on the Fujitsu Graduate Program…

Jacinta Lee, Sales Coordinator, Sales Operations
Melbourne, Australia

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Why Fujitsu? What inspired you to apply?
Being an ever-growing Global company, Fujitsu was a great fit and I thought it could provide me with a lot of opportunities for career progression.

Describe a Fujitsu graduate in 3 words
Motivated, curious, positive.

What skills do you believe a Graduate might need to be successful in the program?
As a graduate, you should be proactive, a strong communicator, customer focused and most importantly have a willingness to learn and say yes to any and every opportunity.

What were some of your day to day tasks within the grad program?
Throughout my year, I supported the sales team by doing research on customers, competitors and the market and by working on opportunities in a bid/proposal management capacity. I was also invited to attend some customer meetings where possible.

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Fujitsu’s Women at Work – insights into flexible working

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In Fujitsu’s efforts to support equal opportunity and make flexible work part of our company’s DNA, this latest blog post features three Fujitsu women, highlighting their experiences with flexible working arrangements after returning to work from maternity leave.

For Jillian Bungate being out of the workforce for 10 years as a stay at home mum made it incredibly difficult to re-apply for a job. Looking at junior roles and lacking confidence, she was grateful for the day she vented to a fellow mum who happened to work at Fujitsu. With a new role on offer that matched Jillian’s work history and studies, she willingly applied and threw herself into a full time role.

“With a husband that works a job with lots of travel, juggling online studies and two kids that never knew life with a working mum, my decision to go full time led to a crazy house, upset kids and an unhealthy lifestyle for my family. I worried over how to manage the situation thinking I’d have to resign only 8 weeks in to my grand return to work! But my manager reassured me we could make a plan to reduce my work hours as well as offering me the flexibility around when I worked those hours,” says Jillian.

Chiara Charlton experienced a similar process after having been with Fujitsu for 5 years before leaving for maternity leave. While she applied for 11 months of leave, Chiara returned to Fujitsu after 9 months off, returning four days per week initially and then increasing to five days. Chiara found the return to work very easy and was in regular contact with her new manager and other team members running the team while she was away.

“There had been an organisational change during my maternity leave and although my role stayed the same, my team and reporting structure had changed. However I was kept up to date in the months leading up to my return to work and my team were very supportive of my plans. Over the last 2 years my manager has been very accommodating if I have needed to flex my hours to care for my young daughter,” Chiara explains.

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Fujitsu’s sustainability internship provides new opportunities for international students

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The Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand Sustainability team is currently hosting two postgraduate interns from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

Tuta Wamanga and Tinu Oshun recently joined Fujitsu on an intensive work placement as part of their Master of Business Administration course requirements. They are completing six months on exchange at Macquarie University before they’ll return to the University of Edinburgh in the UK to finish their MBA.

Over the last few years, previous MBA students from MGSM have worked across multiple sustainability projects; including examining the enabling factors for ICT Sustainability (which had input into Fujitsu Oceania’s sustainability benchmark model), feasibility of eWaste product takeback and brainstorming ideas to achieve our renewable energy target.

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Pictured above: The chart above reveals how Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand is tracking against targets, activities undertaken to reduce our footprint and what is still on the agenda.

”We always enjoy hosting the MGSM interns and get some business value from their time with us” said Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability for Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand. “They bring a great blend of business experience and theoretical understanding, which they apply to create something of value to Fujitsu.  As a small team, having interns provides sustainability with not only assistance with some of our projects but also fresh perspectives and insights”.

At the 2017 Fujitsu World Tour we recently launched our Smart eWaste bin which uses IoT technology to assist customers to take the hassle out of ewaste.  For her project, Tinu will be working on a pricing model for our customers, enabling them to predict the costs of having a smart eWaste bin on their premises whilst still providing flexibility for Fujitsu. Drawing on more than a dozen years experience in the retail banking sector, Tinu will examine different approaches such as cost and value sharing, cost ceiling guarantees and provide a business case for adoption, as well as looking at external grants or funding rebates that customers could apply.

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Pictured above: Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability for Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand explaining the benefits of the Smart eWaste bin at Fujitsu World Tour 2017.

“Working with Fujitsu has further enriched my MBA experience. I have been able to apply my financial background and quantitative methods of research gained in the course of my MBA to make meaningful contributions in developing a pricing model for the smart eWaste Bin. This project has in turn helped me identify sustainable business opportunities in the electronic waste industry,” says Tinu.

Tuta’s project will see the creation of an Indigenous Procurement Strategy for Fujitsu. As part of our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion the sustainability team is keen to explore how Fujitsu can provide Indigenous Australians with more opportunities to participate in the economy. Tuta has more than a decade’s experience in supply chain management in her home country of Kenya, including managing supply forecasting, procurement and management for an $80M business unit for Unilever East Africa. Included in Tuta’s project will be a survey of the competitive landscape for indigenous procurement and the specific opportunities to include indigenous suppliers in Fujitsu’s supply chain. This important project will create value for Fujitsu and the community while also helping Fujitsu to meet customer expectations, particularly in the Federal Government space.

“I feel privileged to be given a chance to work in a completely different industry and environment with the Fujitsu Sustainability team. This gives me the opportunity to not only contribute to a key component of the business by coming up with the indigenous procurement strategy, but also to gain key insights in the role business plays in creating a positive impact to society,” says Tuta.

Both Tuta and Tinu will be presenting the findings from their respective projects to key Fujitsu stakeholders before the end of their placement in August, after which they will return to Edinburgh to complete their MBA program. We wish them the best of luck as they continue their Fujitsu placement and their studies!

Hear from the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni – Katrina Ramsey

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand is a big supporter of Graduate Employment, with our Graduate Program receiving support from our CEO executive team. Initiated in 2010, Fujitsu is proud to be developing the next generation of Australia and New Zealand’s talented young professionals through our comprehensive and practical program.

In this Four-Part Blog series, hear from Katrina Ramsey, a member of the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni.

Why Fujitsu?

I chose Fujitsu because it is a well-known company with a strong global presence. At 21, having arrived from England, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but knew that due to its size Fujitsu had a variety of roles and I was confident that one of them would be the right fit for me. I have been lucky enough to have had excellent managers throughout my entire career at Fujitsu.

Was the program rewarding in terms of developing your career?

I started as a Sales Grad in the Platforms Group. I was buddied up with a very successful sales team and was immediately visiting customers and interacting with the wider Fujitsu group involved in the end to end sales cycle. I was then offered a secondment to work in the Service Delivery team for one of our larger customers. A few weeks in and I knew that I had found my perfect role. I loved getting to know the customer and their business and working out how Fujitsu could add value. I am currently Fujitsu’s Service Delivery Director for Australia Post and I love working with really great and varied teams on the Fujitsu side as well as the customer side. No day is ever the same!

Describe a Fujitsu graduate in 3 words.

Curious, Self-motivated, Authentic

What skills do you believe a Graduate needs to be successful in the program?

A successful grad will be someone who builds a good network early on. Self-motivation is key. As a Grad you need to take responsibility for your own development and learning. People will be much more receptive to helping you out if you take the initiative first. A graduate also needs to be able to collaborate well. Don’t be a lone wolf!

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Pictured: Katrina Ramsey has been working at Fujitsu since the end of 2009 and has grown from a Sales Graduate into a Service Delivery Manager responsible for a team of 40+ engineers and Junior Service Delivery Managers.

Hear from the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni – Hara Duckstein

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand is a big supporter of Graduate Employment, with our Graduate Program receiving support from our CEO and executive team. Initiated in 2010, Fujitsu is proud to be developing the next generation of Australia and New Zealand’s talented young professionals through our comprehensive and practical program.

In this Four-Part Blog series, hear from Hara Duckstein, a member of the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni:

Was the Fujitsu graduate program rewarding in terms of developing your career?

In January 2013, I joined Fujitsu as part of the Service Delivery Graduate Program. I was exposed to key operational areas of the Managed Services business, both in Australia and abroad. I was placed into various business areas including the End User Services Group, Sales & Service Delivery and Project management which rounded my skills set and experience. Early on in the program, I was deployed onto a customer project and loved the direct engagement with our customers.

More recently I have worked as a Service Delivery Manager for one of our largest customer accounts. Day to Day, I led and engaged with a team of 70+ agents, engineers and managers in a matrix account across Australia, the Philippines and India.

What did you love most about the program?

The Mentoring and Buddy Programs were the best parts of the Graduate Program. I got to develop an extensive support network from Senior Leaders to previous Grad Alumni. Many of these individuals still provide guidance and support to me today. Engagement and exposure across our customer portfolio was also fantastic – as a Graduate I was quickly deployed into a customer facing role, which was an exciting opportunity to develop my Service Management skills.

What was the coolest experience you had within the Graduate Program?

The opportunity to network with the Senior Leadership Team at a dinner hosted by our CEO was a fantastic experience to build my internal network.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in the program?

Probably the biggest challenge was having limited IT technical knowledge. I studied a Bachelor of Business and had a background in Banking and Financial Services so I was nervous that I didn’t have a deep enough understanding about traditional IT systems and practices. IT acronyms are also another language which I’m still learning today!

Words of advice to potential graduates looking to apply…

Throw your hat in the ring! A lot of my success at Fujitsu has come down to having an open mind and putting my hand up for opportunities which were sometimes challenging and unfamiliar. It’s also incredibly important to bring a curious attitude and demonstrate enthusiasm for learning as a Graduate!

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Pictured above: Hara Duckstein has been with Fujitsu since 2013 and has since gained experience working across Service Delivery and Human Resources.

Hear from the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni – James Mattingley

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand is a big supporter of Graduate Employment, with our Graduate Program receiving support from our CEO and executive team. Initiated in 2010, Fujitsu is proud to be developing the next generation of Australia and New Zealand’s talented young professionals through our comprehensive and practical program.

In this Four-Part Blog series, hear from James Mattingley, a member of the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni.

Was the program rewarding in terms of developing your career?

I started in the Graduate Program back in 2010. I was assigned to work in Managed Services working for John Koutsodontis (VP, Managed Infrastructure Services) Looking back on the program, it was a platform that enabled me to become a successful sales person within a great organisation. I have been fortunate to achieve Summit numerous times, (Fujitsu’s recognition of achieving or exceeding 100% of sales targets), I was responsible for managing the Victorian retail portfolio in Platforms and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in the Future Leaders Program.

What were some of your day to day tasks within the grad program?

In the first 6 months, I spent most of my time learning about Fujitsu and the IT industry. I focused on aligning myself to a mentor that could assist with my learnings. I also started cold calling and working on a small lead generation campaign to better prepare me for dealing with objections and tricky customers. I also assisted in preparing and responding to tenders with senior sales people. This provided me with a hands on experience in understanding our value propositions. In the last 3 months of the program I was also assigned a small sales target which was great responsibility.

What was the coolest experience you had within the Graduate Program?

Our graduate group had four training sessions in Sydney. Whilst challenging, they also prepared me for life after the program. Working in ISS which is now the Platforms team was an exciting experience as it is such a fast past area of the organisation. Taking the lead on some smaller opportunities and receiving my first purchase order was also a memorable experience.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in the program?

Fujitsu was my first full time job after completing my degree, so adjusting to corporate life presented its challenges. The IT industry is full of acronyms and it was quite daunting sitting in meetings with Account Directors and customers struggling to understand what was being discussed. I ended up with a list of acronyms over the year that I had written down and understood which prepared me for my first year selling. You have to be proactive as a graduate!

Describe a Sales graduate in 3 words.

Future of Fujitsu.

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Pictured: Sales Specialist James Mattingley started with Fujitsu in 2010 and has since worked across multiple business departments.

 

Hear from the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni – Harry Shields

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand is a big supporter of Graduate Employment, with our Graduate Program receiving support from our CEO and executive team. Initiated in 2010, Fujitsu is proud to be developing the next generation of Australia and New Zealand’s talented young professionals through our comprehensive and practical program.

In this Four-Part Blog series, hear from Harry Shields, a member of the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni.

Do you think the program has been rewarding in terms of developing your career?

I recently finished the Graduate Program and I can safely say it gave me invaluable exposure to multiple parts of the business that I would not have experienced otherwise. Access to executive staff, freedom to rotate through the sales department and other areas of the business has given me a strong foundation for my career. I have recently joined the Project Management team for the Federal Government. This change in career path was inspired by a 2 month rotation in Project Management during the graduate program – a direct example of what the graduate program offers and where it can take you!

What was the coolest experience you had within the Graduate Program?

The coolest experience I had with the grad program was going to a corporate sporting event with a senior salesman to host customers at our Fujitsu corporate suite at Olympic Park. It was a great experience to see how Sales relationships are built and maintained. It also sunk in that customers are just normal people like myself, so they were less intimidating to talk to later on.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in the program?

The biggest challenge was getting my head around the technology and all the acronyms! My degree at University was Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, so being in meetings in the early stages and having limited knowledge of what everyone was talking about was tough. However, there was always someone willing to take the time to explain even the smallest detail to me.

What would you say to a potential Graduate looking to apply?

This is a truly phenomenal opportunity to start your career in the IT industry, what are you waiting for?

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Pictured: Harry Shields started as a Sales Graduate, recently finishing the program and moving into a Project Management role.

David Quinlan – from Defence to the world of IT

David Quinlan, Programs Director, Success Engagement at Fujitsu, made the move from a Defence career to civilian life nearly ten years ago and has not looked back. In the next of our series of interviews, David tells us about his career history prior to joining the business, making the transition from life in the military to one as a civilian and how working at Fujitsu has had a positive impact on his working and personal life. Read his story below:

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“I have worked for Fujitsu coming up on 10 years and in a variety of roles within the government vertical, specifically within Defence. Starting off in the business as an Operations Manager (Service Delivery) to my current role as a Programs Director, Success Engagement in Defence, I manage three portfolios including IT service management, military platform integration and Defence joint simulation development. I never have two days the same, which is the beauty of my role, some of the key tasks involve portfolio management and trying to address the traditional ways of managing projects.

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