NAME: CHRIS CLOHOSY, 23
DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: MSC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE FROM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, 2005
OCCUPATION: SOFTWARE ENGINEER, M&G INVESTMENTS
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?
I am involved in phasing out the old computer systems – ones that were made in an old computer language and am integrating them with the new systems. You could say our team is like the glue in between the systems and the people. I’m working on the design, implementation and testing of the integration.
MOTIVATION IN APPLYING?
I’ve wanted to be a software engineer ever since I started playing computer games. To me, it’s a bit like painting a picture. You build something up in a creative way, using various components. I saw an advert for this particular graduate scheme on the bulletin board at university. I knew M&G was owned by Prudential so I thought I’d give them a go. Once I read the literature I received upon applying, I realised it was a very good graduate scheme.
WHAT DID THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVE?
Once I’d applied, I got sent back some literature along with five or six questions to do with things like what challenges I’d faced in life. I was then invited in for the first round of interviews with someone from HR and someone from the information services department. I then had to do a couple of personality tests and finally, I was invited to an assessment centre.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I enjoy working in a team, because you’re never confined to working on your own. I also like the fact that in this role, you get an overview of the whole company.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE JOB?
Things are always changing. You get new problems all the time and you have to think about how to solve them. Fortunately, I like that level of stimulation.
I know it sounds cheesy, but I can’t think of a worst part. I enjoy everything about this job, even when a deadline is approaching.
ADVICE TO READERS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD
Don’t worry that everything you learn at university is about theory. I remember worrying whether it would really be on value in a practical setting. But it was.