Getting a foot within the door in an graduate programme could make an enormous distinction to your profession path, as Mark Hayden found throughout his time thus far within the Citi innovation lab in Dublin.
Citi Group, like many different main STEM employers, gives a two-year graduate programme to younger folks trying to discover a profession in IT. Having entry to folks with a wealth of expertise in varied departments of tech is without doubt one of the distinctive advantages of the programme.
Here, Mark Hayden explains how this rotational expertise results in a fuller exploration and understanding of the tech facet of the worldwide banking business.
‘The graduate programme gave me my first experience in the data science field within banking and set me on my current career path.’
– MARK HAYDEN
What did you research in school?
I studied a BSc in computing. It was a general-purpose course that lined a number of areas corresponding to software program growth and cell software growth.
With the Citi graduate programme, are you now working in your required business?
Yes, I’m working in Citi’s innovation lab in Dublin. I’m working as a member of the information science crew, the place I get hands-on expertise with machine studying and massive information applied sciences. It has been a terrific expertise as my first job since I left college and I’ve discovered quite a bit, particularly in simply over a 12 months since I joined the lab.
What drew you to Citi whenever you had been searching for work as a graduate?
I discovered the construction of the graduate programme very attention-grabbing. It’s a two-year programme the place you rotate to a special crew after one 12 months, providing you with the chance to see totally different sides of the enterprise. That isn’t a chance you get in each firm. It’s a good way of networking and experiencing totally different applied sciences.
What expectations did you could have earlier than you started the programme?
Having beforehand labored in IT assist roles, I used to be anticipating that the transition to the banking sector could be a tough one. However, I discovered that Citi supplies a number of on-site coaching the place they introduce you to banking and a number of the techniques and phrases you’ll encounter as a developer. All of my colleagues have been actually useful as nicely, if ever I come throughout any banking phrases I’m not conversant in.
What duties and obligations had been you given initially?
On my first rotation, I labored on numerous information science and infrastructure tasks the place I used to be implementing the safety layer of functions. I used to be working with a crew based mostly in India, working within the robotic course of automation (RPA) discipline. It was a very attention-grabbing time that gave me my first expertise within the information science discipline inside banking and set me on my present profession path.
Can you describe a typical day in your position?
I begin the day by reviewing the work I’ve carried out the day earlier than. I’ve a every day stand-up name with my crew. I am going by way of the work that I’ve carried out, the outcomes and any points that I got here throughout. From there, every crew member will get duties to work on for the subsequent day. The remainder of the day I cut up between engaged on my duties and connecting with different groups on the undertaking.
I additionally prefer to spend a while attempting out new libraries and applied sciences, both alone time or by way of programs like Udemy. Tech is a fast-moving discipline, so I prefer to hold updated with the most recent developments.
How do your obligations examine to extra skilled staff?
The obligations are very related however could be based mostly on my degree of expertise.
An instance could be after I first began engaged on a knowledge science undertaking the place we had been creating a machine studying mannequin. I used to be tasked with creating a few of the options for the mannequin, whereas a extra skilled member of the crew would have constructed and validated the mannequin itself.
Do you’re feeling extra ready for working life after finishing this graduate programme?
Definitely. I’ve discovered quite a bit after my two years on the programme, from writing my code to a sure commonplace to understanding the lifecycle of tasks in growth. I’m trying ahead to my post-programme profession in Citi and reusing the talents I’ve discovered on the programme.
Why ought to somebody apply to the graduate programme at Citi?
Citi places a giant emphasis on creating an setting the place graduates can develop and be taught new abilities. As a part of the two-year programme, graduates will rotate to a special crew after one 12 months to allow them to expertise a special facet of the enterprise.
In my expertise, everybody I’ve handled as a graduate has been actually pleasant and straightforward to strategy about any matter.
Citi additionally promotes its staff, together with graduates, attending coaching programs and networking occasions to assist them additional their profession and expertise new fields they is probably not conscious of. Overall, it’s a terrific firm to work for.