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Meet Lawuratu: From Industrial Placement Intern to Infrastructure Engineer

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Lawuratu! My UBS journey began in 2018 when I joined the Technology Industrial Placement Program as part of my Computer Systems Engineering degree. At the end of the placement year, I received (and happily accepted!) an offer to join the Graduate Talent Program (GTP).

Since returning as a graduate, I’ve had the opportunity to complete two rotations in Network Architecture & Engineering and Cyber Recovery Engineering. I’ve recently been promoted and now work in Cyber Recovery Reliability as an Infrastructure Engineer. I’m also studying for a master’s degree in computer science through the UBS Scholar Program. And a non-work-related fact about me? Growing up, I loved playing the violin.

Why UBS over a traditional technology firm?

I wanted exposure to areas beyond technology. Working in technology within finance has been an amazing experience so far. I’ve learnt a great deal about how technology contributes to the economy, both directly and indirectly. I’ve also met so many lovely people - everyone I’ve encountered has been more than willing to help with queries or go for a quick coffee catch up.

Is a technical degree or background necessary?

No.Although I came from a technical background, most of what I know now, I learnt on the job, and I’m still learning. If you have the willingness to learn and challenge yourself, you’ll do well! What’s also helpful is having good people skills and the ability to work well within a team.

Most challenging part of the assessment process?

For me, it was the assessment day. I had little to no experience with doing interviews and was quite nervous. Through a lot of practice, I was able to overcome this! With the help of my sister, I had mock interviews that helped me build up my confidence. I also prepped potential responses using the STAR method.

Recruitment top tip for students looking to follow in your footsteps?

Get involved with networks and attend workshops whenever you can. I joined Bright Network and through them I was able to attend a technology careers event sponsored by UBS. It’s fair to say that, had I not gone to that event, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

How has the Graduate Talent Program helped you prepare for a long-term career?

My two years on the GTP program were great! I was able to build on my knowledge and gain experience within two different fields. This allowed me to narrow down which career path I wanted to pursue in the long-term. The program also provides a platform to help you develop the skills and confidence that will help you flourish in your future career.

Advice for students keen to kickstart their career but experiencing imposter syndrome?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or express what difficulties you’re facing. It may feel quite daunting but it’s better to be open and vocal early on as people are very willing to give advice and help where they can. Reach out to existing grads or those who have recently finished the program. We’ve more than likely experienced imposter syndrome too! Hearing about how we’ve been able to overcome it will hopefully put your mind at ease.