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One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite bands (The Samples) is stuck in my head as I reflect on a new executive search that my team and I are about to kick off. The search discovery meetings are beginning tomorrow morning and I didn't get my usual 5 hours of sleep because I was pumped up and ready to begin the hunting process. We will be seeking another purple squirrel,* a security executive from a great company in the Valley or beyond. It is what consumes me and drives me. We look for every avenue to locate and build relationships with the very best and most rare executive technical talent. The excitement is tethered by other feelings of concern about how prepared the client will be and how the candidates will perceive the search. I know that the client is closing in on their calibrating but not there and the candidate pool is already looking far ahead in their career progression while contemplating their objections before we make first contact. This excitement and conflict is normal; I have had these feelings many times before. After all, it is the job that I love. But as I mature (depending on who you ask) and begin reflecting on life's lessons in this business I find myself often asking; “are we really progressing and learning from past lessons and mistakes, or are we just repeating the same themes and forgetting just enough to make things sound new and fresh?". Are we a 'traveling mass with a memory loss'? What does history say about that?

As an Australian-owned company that now reaches across four continents, MitchelLake is proud of its roots Down Under, and excited by the talent we’ve seen come out of Australia. We’re inspired by local innovators and are continually looking for ways to boost recognition of innovation that is being created right here in Australia via our international networks and operations.

Last week as part of MitchelLake's continued efforts to connect and educate the startup ecosystem in Australia, I was pleased to be invited to be a guest speaker for the 2nd year RMIT Software Engineering students.

This was my first ever lecture and it was a pleasure to be able to talk about a subject that I love and am passionate about.

As the class prepares for life in the real world - kicking off with 40 weeks interning - it was both a nerve racking and rewarding experience as I was able to impart knowledge to the students (that was the aim at least!).

During the lecture I aimed to try and educate the talented and enthusiastic class on the importance of striving for the most challenging, interesting and culturally beneficial options for them from a career standpoint.

It was great to see how proactive the students were, with some having already begun to secure internships with some of Melbourne's awesome startups such as Outware Mobile. More encouraging was the desire of the class to learn more.

After just 1 hour back at university I learnt a lot about myself and the importance of giving back knowledge and educating the next generation. There are many wonderful opportunities in the Melbourne startup community and I look forward to the RMIT class being able to feed off them.

MitchelLake are keen to continue helping the class at RMIT and as such, it it would be great to hear from startups and fast-growth tech business seeking talented tech students eager to take on a challenge or two for 40 weeks as part of the internship requirements. The class is ready to work from November 2014.

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