I'm tech savvy
Calling all technology lovers! Answer me these questions three: Do bugs and error messages quiver in your presence? Do you know your Java from your C++? Does Python mean more to you than the ‘Monty’ reference, or a particular jungle-dwelling creature?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re already one step ahead of the game! Business and banking offers loads of opportunities for technology-based roles, and they’re a lot more varied than then you might think.
Let’s have a look at what’s on offer for the tech savvy amongst you in finance careers…
Developer roles in finance demand the ability to listen to the feedback and needs of front-end users and then code and develop quick as a flash to get a product ready for them to use. There are endless opportunities in finance for the kind of products to work on, for example digital products for retail banking or website and intranet development for businesses. In investment banking developers will often be in the front office, turning around applications for salespeople and traders on the trading floor as the driving force to generate capital for the bank.
Take the patience and communication skills you’ve developed from talking your parents through how to use iPlayer for the nineteenth time up to a much more complex and technical level! Technology consultants work with senior personnel across a number of different industries to help them assimilate their technology with their business needs, improve efficiency and provide support and advice in areas such as mergers and acquisitions relating to technology or security issues.
Defend the cyber fort! Technical whizz kids and expert analysts are researchers into hacker behaviour and essential in modern business to battle the risk of cyber terrorism and an onslaught of hacker attempts. Technology is developing at an incredibly fast rate, exposing businesses to new risks all the time, so a team of experts needs to be on hand to protect their systems and vast amounts of data.
Modern businesses are built on a web of technology to help them to communicate internally and externally, and carry out the processes they need to use in order to make money! An infrastructure architect designs complex information technology networks for businesses and applies software development skills in their role. They could be in charge of managing huge updates, such as infrastructure migration (changing from one infrastructure to another – or from none at all!).
Something to think about…
If you’re tech savvy but you don’t have a technical degree, then it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be blocked from the technology domain. Cyber security departments with professional services firms and in-house security departments with banks for example also require top graduates in disciplines such as law and psychology to help them keep up with developments
If you do have a technical degree then in theory you could develop a technology career wherever you feel the force strongest; whether that be in a more client-facing guru-style role in something like consulting for example, or a hard core development role.
Typical degree disciplines that recruiter look for on the more technical side of things are information technology, computer science, mathematics, physics, astrophysics, computer engineering and electrical and electronic engineering.