How did you get your current job - what were the steps you took from graduation?
I went to a G-Research presentation and really enjoyed it, so I applied for a placement position through the website, and having completed the placement was offered to return after I had graduated.
How relevant was your subject of study in securing your current job?
It was very relevant, my Computer Science course covered a wide range of topics and so these underpinned my understandings of computer systems and helped me apply this knowledge in the context of business IT.
Describe a typical working day in your current job.
Every day is never the same, solving user issues and maintaining the backend systems are always a part of the daily routine but rarely have exactly the same solutions. We also work on projects, which involves longer term work generally integrating different hardware/software into our existing infrastructure.
How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?
My role has become increasingly technical as I spend more time with the company and am constantly learning more about the systems and IT infrastructure. I am always learning something new as the company keeps up with the latest technologies. This very beneficial to me as I hope to continue my career in IT, so having a good idea about the most up-to-date IT equipment and software will give me a head start should I encounter them later on.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the job’s broad scope; we deal with many aspects of the infrastructure including networking, storage, performance testing and server optimisation as well as software packaging. This allows me to gain a good overview of how all the individual components work together to maintain the IT systems effectively.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
The job can be fast paced and many things are often happening at once, but this keeps you learning quickly and means I am never bored!
What are the best things about working in this sector?
Being in the finance sector means we are always keeping up with the latest technology advancements and exploring new ways of making tasks quicker and easier to perform. We also try to optimise our hardware and software to get the best performance out of them as possible.
Finally, what advice would you have for other students and graduates who would like to get into this career?
I found having an interest in IT outside of the workplace really helped underpin my understandings of corporate IT. Even though there are some major difference between consumer and business IT, many concepts/skills that I picked up while setting up home equipment I utilised and built on when I started at the company. Additionally, having a methodical and analytical approach to problem solving when troubleshooting IT issues is very important so that possible solutions can be identified as quick as possible.