Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan a peaceful city with a few people relative to the other cities in Pakistan of course. I went to school in Islamabad, and as you might have guessed, given the placement of this interview, I had an interest in Science. I later went on to University to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in another city called Lahore, while studying I had a few part-time jobs and internships, most notable of which was with the WWF in which I got to work in a team that was making a submersible dolphin tracking system. After that, I felt that I needed some robots in my life so I decided to get a degree in Mechatronics and after having a look at a few programs online, I found one at the ANU in Australia, which provided the right mix of Computer science and Robotics for me. I applied, got in, packed my bags and moved to Canberra.
How did you get to your current job position?
I have been working at Fujitsu since February 2019. I applied to Fujitsu when the graduate applications were open for the 2019 Graduate Program intake. I attended the assessment centre in Canberra but based on my location preference and my skills were given the opportunity to join the Automation team based in Sydney, which I happily accepted.
How did you choose your specialisation?
My application short-list consisted mainly of roles in robotics, data analytics and AI. All these fields are interlinked and have transferable skills. When I applied to Fujitsu I was aware that the role would give me hands-on exposure to Machine Learning/AI and Analytics.
What was your interview process like?
The interview process consisted of an assessment centre in which a group of applicants had a scenario and individual roles/characters. We had to determine how each character would perform in that scenario and present our findings to the interviewers. I also had three individual interviews (this was two more than any other graduate I have met, lucky me) to narrow down the ideal role for me, one that would complement my skills the most. Three interviews may sound scary but these were more like conversations with managers of teams that I was suited for. In the end, I believe these interviews resulted in me finding the Automation team and working on things that I enjoy.
What does your employer do?
Fujitsu is a multinational managed services provider. We provide a range of business, IT and communication solutions to our customers.
What are your areas of responsibility?
I work in the Automation team, primarily on projects that involve Machine Learning, AI and Analytics. This includes but isn’t limited to writing design documents, machine learning algorithms and implementing/integrating solutions to our environments.
Can you describe a typical workday?
A typical day for me starts off by checking and responding to my emails. After that, I go and get a coffee. I spend a little bit of time broadly making a to-do list of the tasks I want to get through the day also keeping track of any meetings I have planned for the day. I like to go to meetings prepared, believe me it makes them go much more smoothly. Depending on what day it is I may have a bi-weekly scrum meeting, in which all team members give updates on what they have completed and what they plan on completing before the next meeting and of course any blockers that they have so that they can be resolved.
I am currently working on delivering a conversational virtual assistant (chat-bot) for one of the internal teams here at Fujitsu, the chatbot will be able to hold a conversation with a user and answer any questions that they have.
What are the career prospects with your job?
There is a huge focus on Automation, AI, and Analytics these days regardless of the industry. The future is looking bright with more jobs being created in these fields every day. I love the work that I do and a more senior position where I get to keep on working with these technologies is the next step for me.
What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
I play the electric guitar so probably a rock star.
What do you love the most about your job?
I love the fact that I get to work with some amazing emerging technologies alongside a group of really talented people.
What’s the biggest limitation of your job?
I have a lot of autonomy in the workplace that means there is a responsibility as well, but it also means there is a lot of trust. Most of the work I do involves emerging technology and at times there is trial and error but that makes celebrating success at the end even better. I personally feel that everyone should take ownership and be accountable for the work they do.
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