ACS QLD Member Spotlight Series: Zolzaya Bayarsaikhan
- Hear from Zolzaya (Zaya), one of the active ACS members in the Emerging Professionals and Business Analysist Consultant at BAPL as she shares her journey to Australia and her views on the evolving word of Cybersecurity and AI.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I came to Australia for a holiday three and a half years ago with a plan to go back to my fulfilling career in mining and supply chain back home after two months. However, the COVID pandemic had different plans for me. While I spent two years in lockdown in Brisbane, I did further certifications in supply chain and observed how technology is shaping the future of supply chain operations. Eventually, I decided to develop myself in the technology aspect of business and I recently finished my Masters of IT degree at Griffith University majoring in Business Analysis.
Currently, I work as an ICT Business Analysis Consultant at BAPL helping businesses to align their ICT initiatives with their business objectives.
What is a key project or initiative that you are personally working on that is tech related?
The importance of cybersecurity is increasing day-by-day not only in the professional field but also in our personal use of technology. With Google certification scholarship granted by ACS, I am currently undertaking a cybersecurity certification during my spare time.
What do you enjoy most about working in the tech industry?
The IT industry is constantly evolving and changing, with new technologies and trends emerging all the time. Generative AI sounded like a term in far distance only a year ago, but now everyone is using them in their daily lives.
What is your greatest challenge within the tech industry?
Again, the IT industry is constantly evolving and changing, requiring professionals in the field to be active learners and researchers.
Which ACS member benefit have you found most valuable?
Through ACS networking events and professional development sessions, I have met many people in the industry with not necessarily technical backgrounds. This really opened my eyes in how broad the industry is.
How has the ACS membership supported your career journey in tech?
Through ACS membership, I gained some insights into the industry. I also built some genuine connections which is important for a foreigner aspiring to establish a career in a new country.
What are your career goals and who is supporting you getting there?
My curiosity about ICT and Business operations alignment sparked after an unsuccessful software project was introduced to my team and had an effect of the exact opposite of what the software was supposed to do. Now I work towards not letting any other person or organisation experience the same misalignment. I am fortunate enough to join a company with a culture of mentorship where I learn a lot from my management and colleagues.
Is there another ACS member who you would like to shout out who may have helped you on your career goals, or worked together with recently that deserved to be recognised?
I would like to shout out to my fellow ACS QLD Emerging Professionals Committee members. I can see that each one of them is a future leader of the industry and I am privileged to be part of the group and grow together.
What is the key piece of advice you would give to a student or emerging professional entering the industry?
To students and new graduates: stay open-minded, active and kind. Things might take time; things can go opposite direction than what you've planned; but it will work out in the end :D
If you would like to connect with Zolzaya follow the link here to connect on LinkedIn.
If you would like to be featured in our ACS QLD Member Spotlight Series please email Alannah.Grech@acs.rg.au.