Mehdi, a Computer Science student from Queen Mary, popped into the office after securing a role at Insight Investment. After meeting them at Bright Network’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2017 in March, he told us how he found the event and how he networked with employers to find the opportunity.
Applying to Insight Investment
After meeting Insight Investment at the event, they got in touch in regards to a specific tech role they were looking to fill. I was keen to apply, but with only one position available, I knew it would be tough. The initial screening lead to two separate interviews which to my surprise were fairly relaxed. To be honest, it was perfect because I ended up just talking about tech a lot – which I love.
The role itself is similar to a junior developer and involves plenty of coding. I’m helping create software tools to test their programmes. I’m contributing to actual project work, not making the tea, so there’s plenty of scope to learn.
Advice to members
Firms don’t expect you to have all the skills, but a willingness to accept the gaps in your skillset and an enthusiasm to learn will help you stand out. I’m in my first year, but firms at this stage are looking more for potential. At Insight Investment, I was taught their way of working and the systems they use.
In Technology sectors that I have explored, employers care more about your skills, not which university you go to. Therefore, it’s important to push yourself to keep developing beyond the projects you do on your course.
Attending Diversity and Inclusion
For someone who doesn’t have the connections immediately available, the Diversity and Inclusion Conference event gave me an excellent opportunity to network and meet the right people. There were a broad range of firms at the event, including many in the banking and finance sectors and I’m glad I met Insight Investments.