NAME: KATE MOWAT, 24
DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: BSC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 2005
OCCUPATION: JUNIOR CONSULTANT AT CHP CONSULTING
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?
I’m working on a project. I gather the client’s requirements, then design and write programs, which become part of a software solution.
MOTIVATION IN APPLYING?
I’ve always been attracted to the challenge of
IT consultancy. I’ve tried out some other careers through temping and they lacked challenge. I applied to CHP because the training was really good. The rewards are impressive too, with big budgets for staff entertainment. The travel opportunities also appealed. I’ve just had an email asking me to go to Australia with work.
WHAT DID THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVE?
I was contacted by the company as a result of putting my CV on a jobsite. The first stage involved a phone interview. I then had two further interviews – one to see how I’d fit in and one to see how I go about solving problems.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The variety, although I’m doing a lot of programming at the moment, but I also get to interact with clients.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE JOB?
It’s a huge computer system and to be thrown into it with no experience of asset finance was a nightmare. But then again, nobody in the company knows all about the system.
Being in such a male-dominated environment.
At times you don’t feel you’re understood as a woman. Although CHP is doing more to encourage women into the company and there are increasing numbers being employed.
ADVICE TO READERS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD
Choose the companies you apply for carefully. A lot of people just go in for the big players like Accenture and overlook the smaller ones. But if you work at a smaller company you don’t feel like a small cog in a big wheel.