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Case Study: Rucha Anjaria

Personal details
Degree:MSc Information Technology Profile picture
School(s): School of Computer Science
Year of Graduation:Nov-2010
National of: India
Employment details
Organisation: TriSystems Ltd.
Job title: Technology Consultant/Analyst
Occupational Sector: IT/Computer Programming
What has been your route to getting your current position?
A career in IT consultancy & analytics, encompassing a propitious combination of technical, business and interpersonal skills was my ambition, for which I started with dedicating few hours of my day consistently since the end of 2nd semester to job search.

As a fresh graduate and foreign national with no previous work experience in UK, I focused initially on programming and software development based opportunities, which paved the way to move into consultancy and analysis on attaining significant initial work experience. For me, regular applications through the Careers Centre and internet job portals formed a key aspect in finding first career opportunity since graduation.

I was successful in attaining a position with Tyco Safety Products, a multinational leading organization in Fire Safety & Security industry, as a Research & Development Engineer, essentially focusing on software development and junior software project management.  Aspiring  to get a career progression in more client facing and analytical role, within a few months of acquiring basic work experience, my search landed me into my current position with TriSystems Ltd. which is a software house for London Insurance Market. Initially I was successful in securing this position due to my background in software development and my experience of working on a project for the University of St Andrews as a part of my dissertation. Within a few weeks of starting work, my interest and potential of being able to work in a client facing, analytical and organization role was duly recognized, and I was moved into Business Analysis, Consultancy & Support team, where I had the opportunity to combine my technical prowess along with liaison and business process management abilities.
What does your job involve ?
My role inherently is an amalgamation of business analysis, technology and product support and client liaison responsibilities. The position brings together knowledge of all phases of the software development life cycle, through effective exposure to all of the analysis, development, testing and maintenance operations at varied levels - the basic deliverable being software products for the insurance and reinsurance industry.

My responsibilities include requirements analysis, software/applications support, creation of technical and business documentation for all areas internally as well as for external clients, working on business process life cycle specifications and test scripts along with cross company liaisons and stakeholder relationships management.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Comprehensive all round involvement in business and software life cycle, bridging the gap between client needs and technical services. An opportunity to contribute pro-actively within all activities, with encouragement and appreciation for your ideas and efforts, the work environment comprises of consistent opportunity to grow as a professional while simultaneously retaining the essence of casual individualistic approach.
Why were you successful?
Determination to succeed and knowing where your strengths lie, both in technical skills and as an individual. Effectively nurturing the skills through involvement in projects and internships.  Undertaking a job which is unique and different to what others are doing would clearly make your profile stand out amongst the horde of similar fresh graduates.

Gaining experience through exposure to new developments within the technological sector during the educational lifetime itself, and not waiting to actually start in a corporate position made me confident to compete in a corporate IT industry. Most of all, never giving up due to initial setbacks, working effectively towards fulfilling both my short and long-term goals has also bolstered my professional success.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Theoretical and practical knowledge obtained at the university within technical sectors of database management, web technologies, software engineering principles and dissertation project experience with knowledgeable faculty members of the Computer Science department formed the basis of my skills for all my roles. The understanding of information systems and management, UML, documentation skills and above all, the practice of being able to work up to deadlines efficiently, managing time and resources and working with a diverse group of people have been particularly useful to me in my work history.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Passion for the field you want to work in is the key factor for success. Try and pave a way for yourself, strive to achieve a position in which you would be able to deliver your best, and financial success will follow. Believe in your abilities and present yourself to be worthy of a good position, as confidence in yourself goes a long way in putting yourself ahead of the crowd. Do not hesitate to step out of your usual comfort zone to contribute towards success of your organization and respect your colleagues with more knowledge and experience. Always show your gratification to the contributing factors in your success story - your university, your peers, your mentors and yourself, because no matter how comfortable you get in your job and your achievements, the journey never ends. Success is never a destination, so keep striving for better.