Jayden Tilbrook

Graduated: 2011

Current Role: Software Engineer at Google - Google Maps

Did you always aspire to be in the job position you currently hold?

Somewhat. When I first learnt how to code at the age of nine, I found it created a sense of joy and fulfilment that I hadn’t really experienced before. Even so, I had intended to be an astrophysicist, and I didn’t consciously change my plans until I was about 14.

Around that time I also started the IT - Multimedia class at CTHS, which I liked just as much. For the next four years it was a toss-up between becoming a programmer or a VFX artist, and I didn’t actually decide which one I wanted until it came time to put in University preferences.

Even after that, I did revisit the decision once or twice, but I’m happy with where I landed.

What have you done since leaving CTHS?

Some of my favourite things:

Describe your average work day....

My work day starts with my team’s daily standup, which is a nice touch point to stay connected to everyone. After that I’ll usually jump into some project work. Engineers own their projects end-to-end at Google, so alongside coding I’m usually also managing the design and testing, as well as the launch process for new features.

I’ll usually eat lunch with my team or some of my other colleagues at the in-office cafe. Most meetings are after lunch, which are usually either focused on our projects or career development. And then it’s back to coding!

There are also a lot of community events at Google, and things to do around the office when you want to take a break. My favourite parts of the office are probably the makerspace and the VR room, and that’s where you’ll usually find me if I’m not at my desk! We also have an in-house teaching kitchen, and I’m looking forward to taking a cooking class with my team in a few weeks’ time.

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