NAME: KIT TSUI, 24
DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: MEng IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING FROM IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, 2004
OCCUPATION: TECHNOLOGY ANALYST, DEUTSCHE BANK
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?
Currently, I work in a team that looks after
what’s known as the enterprise systems – the
big computer systems that work on a global basis. A particular project I’m working on is the management dashboard. This gives people in management, or anyone else, a snapshot of what the environment (that is, everything you need to run an application like the servers and network) is like at any one time. Examples of other things that our team gets involved in are system monitoring and database monitoring.
MOTIVATION IN APPLYING?
I like the problem-solving aspect of being an analyst in IT. I also enjoy the fact that it’s not a repetitive job because every day brings a new challenge. I chose to work in banking because banks have enough money and power to buy the latest and greatest technologies.
WHAT DID THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVE?
An online application form, followed by an interview with HR and some numerical tests. Once I got through that, I was invited to the final round. There were three technical interviews in the morning and group exercises and an interview in the afternoon.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?
You’re never stuck on a particular project for
too long and you get to solve different kinds of problems every day.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Probably that in a such a large organisation,
you have to work with different people in different teams in different countries. Working
on such a big scale is something I’ve never experienced before.
Getting used to waking up early and coming into work from Monday to Friday has been tough. I don’t mind the hours. If you finish by 5pm, that’s when you leave. But the routine is far more strict than at university.
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