5 Minutes With... Samina Mobin, ACS Professional Year Student Member
30th September 2020
- This week we interviewed ACS Professional Year Student Member Samina Mobin.
- Currently working as a Software Support Analyst, she has been an active volunteer while studying at Swinburne University of Technology and worked as a professional PTE Tutor.
- She has found the mySFIA tool very useful in mapping her competencies and understanding areas of growth.
1. Please tell us something about yourself.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree from Swinburne University of Technology in Information and Communication Technology in 2018. It was a 3-year course which allowed me to get hands on experience in implementing my key study areas (such as System Analysis, Web Development, Project Management, IT Security & Information Management) through involvement in several university projects. I have worked as a Swinburne Volunteer during my 1st year of the course and received Certification of Appreciation for Mentorship as well as for achieving Distinction in my Final year Capstone Project under Glen Eira Council’s Bus Ed Program. Starting from a Customer Service position in Woolworths Supermarkets, I have worked as a professional PTE Tutor in Melbourne PTE Study Centre and currently working full-time as Software Support Analyst in the company Progenesis Holdings, who are a leading provider of Property Management Softwarein Australia.I am currently preparing myself to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a System Analyst as I would like to utilize my knowledge and skills of analysis acquired through my degree. I am keen for a career transition as System Analyst or Project Manager in future.
2. What do you enjoy most about working in the tech industry?
The best part of the IT industry is that, it allows meritocracy and values the work of their employees instead of the number of years worked in theirresume or based on seniority through their age. This industry appreciates creativity and energy equally.Working in the tech industry allows for an opportunity to acquire more skills as I work along with an optimistic environment. Technology helps me to come up with creative solutions and the change is so rapid in this industry that the employees never feel bored.
3. What is the key piece of advice you would give someone interested in making the move to the ICT Industry?
ICT Industry is constantly changing, while new technologies develop every year, it is crucial for anyone working in this industry to keep themselves updated with the latest knowledge and skill related to the new technologies being implemented in the sector. Communication skills along with developing customer service skills while having patience is the key to succeed, as sometimes the customers at the other end who are being dealt with might not have technical training or knowledge. One needs to aim for excellence and be thoughtful towards their career as it is important to consider what is important and what makes one feel happy about their work.
4. Tech changes fast. How do you keep your skills up-to-date?
I remain curious in learning and adapting to new skills to keep myself up with the latest technology. I prefer participating in network seminars and explore to the latest technologies while finding some small real-world problems and utilizing tech to come up with solutions to those problems. Participating in Reddit discussions and subscribing to mailing list of the tech companies also goes a long way to keep myself updated with the latest news in the industry.
5. Who is your tech mentor or a leader that inspires you and why?
The most inspiring leader for me is undoubtedly Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of the biggest E-Commerce marketplace in the world, Amazon.com. He started his venture from a garage and turned it to the most renown E-Commerce portal.I always follow his interviews and latest news and get to learn a lot from him. He always inspires not to follow the crowd while thinking for the long-term goals and not being pushed back by failures. He is one of the best entrepreneurs who believes in forming small teams for achieving success in the business while focusing on customer service along with the basics to attain success. Following him as a mentor is always inspiring for me to build determination and sticking to progress towards a better career path.
6. How has ACS membership supported your career journey in tech?
The most valuable opportunity I received through ACS membership is using the mySFIA tool to understand my competencies and potentials, which helped me identify my areas of growth required for professional development along with acquiring skills and building career plan.I have also been able to keep myself updated with the latest trends in the tech sector with the membership. It has provided me with webinars and virtual events where I could acquire knowledge and get inspired by the leaders. I came across to some training videos, insights from the tech leaders and working profile of employees from various organisations which is very valuable and important for career growth.
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