At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many companies implemented a hiring freeze due to economic uncertainty. As a result, many students faced unprecedented difficulties in securing jobs or internships. James Cook University (JCU) Bachelor of Information Technology undergraduate Leonard Sim was one of them.

Mr Sim was in his final semester at the Australian university’s Singapore campus. He wanted to do an internship to get some real-world job experience, but suitable roles were far and few in between.

Fortunately, one of his JCU lecturers referred him to a role as a security engineer intern at Tindo, a leading system integrator in South-east Asia. The local company specialises in providing cyber security solutions and services, with public sector organisations and major local banks being some of its biggest clients.

The seven-month-long stint turned out to be his launchpad into the in-demand cyber security field. 

“The internship provided me with the necessary experience and knowledge, which appealed to organisations that were hiring for such a role,” Mr Sim says.

After graduating in 2021, he secured a job as a Cyber Access Management consultant at NCS, a leading technology services firm headquartered in Singapore.

The 27-year-old now works with his team to configure and deliver identity and data security technologies according to different client requirements. These technologies help to secure the clients’ systems, as well as the users accessing them, through encryption and vulnerability identification. After integration, Mr Sim and his team provide support and maintenance throughout the project’s lifecycle as well.