Stephanie Gooch

I completed a BSc Hons in Mathematics at the University of Surrey where I had the opportunity of an industrial placement at a small management solution company focusing on Oracle’s Hyperion applications. Although I had no previous IT experience I gained new skills which enabled me to successfully passed my Oracle Hyperion Essbase exam and this really sparked my interest in technology. However, I realised that I wanted to have the experience of working in a much larger company and so I applied to KPMG’s Graduate Technology Programme.

Fortunately, I was placed in KPMG’s Tech Solutions, CloudOps team which is one of the most interesting and fast-growing teams. The team build, deploy and manage cloud-hosted environments for both internal and client-facing applications, using both Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. I became the first female AWS Associate Architect in KPMG after being with the team for less than a year and passing my examination. I am currently studying for my next Amazon exam which I will take in October.

I continued to learn new skills and develop my expertise in all areas and progressed from assisting on projects to building out production-level environments for a range of clients. Alongside this work I am also working on developing a range of automation tools to assist myself and the team, mainly using Python.

Realising that I wanted to continue to develop my expertise in technology I chose to study for a Masters degree in Information Systems and Technology at City University, London whilst working. I am half way through the two year course and currently working towards a first.