Jenny Wong

Career Stories: Meet Jenny Wong, Global Partnerships Director, Thoughtworks

Meet Jenny Wong, Global Partnerships Director, Thoughtworks

Jenny Wong

We caught up with our Global Partnerships Director, Jenny Wong to discuss her 16-year career journey with Thoughtworks. Jenny tells us what it means to be a Thoughtworker, and the advice she would give to women looking for a career in tech.

Tell us a bit about your Thoughtworks journey

I’ve worked in 12 Thoughtworks office locations, 10 countries, and on over 60 client projects.  I started as a Graduate Business Analyst at Thoughtworks University!  I’ve worn SO MANY hats, from Business Analyst (BA) and Product Manager, to now where I’m advising C-suite executives on how to build new organizations.

Over 16 years there have been so many highlights it’s impossible to choose one. One would be advising a client chief information officer from a 110-year-old railway company on how to innovate with tech, such as mixed reality, 3D printing and smart contracting was incredible. As was creating a first-to-market product that reduces the time planes are stranded on the runway for another client. Or re-architecting roadmaps for a company within the automobile industry on their electric vehicles, and revamping a subscription service that predicted the future of fashion – the list goes on!

Life as a consultant is hectic – we live in the fast lane. But I love the variety of businesses we get to work with, and the impact we can have on them through technology – it’s such a privilege. We really get to walk a mile in their shoes which has led me to so many experiences I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I am always learning, and that’s why I’ve stayed for as long as I have.

Growth looks like an explorer’s journey. But the key is not the roles you play, the projects you are in. It is the impact that you will create, the positive change, and the knowledge or the tools you have shared with the people you have crossed paths with.

You’ve had an amazingly varied career so far, what have you learned about managing all those transitions and taking on new opportunities?

Taking on new opportunities is part and parcel of the deal.  It’s embedded into the culture of learning inside Thoughtworks.  You have to embrace it. That doesn’t necessarily mean saying ‘yes’ to everything that comes your way; it’s about identifying what’s right for you and being smart about what you bring. Trust yourself – you are more equipped than you think you are.

All that said…Luck favors the prepared; don’t just go with your eyes closed.

What value do you think mentoring brings, and what advice would you give to anyone either with experience to share, or looking to learn from others?

The best advice is to build a robust network so that you navigate this journey together.  But it’s not networking, it’s building your foundation, your mirrors, and finding your champions.  Going at it together is better, it gives you far more chances to succeed than going at it alone. Whether you have the advice to give or are looking to learn, always make the time – whether it’s a formal cultivator or coach relationship, or just a serendipitous interaction – use it!

I would encourage everyone to consider mentoring others. You don’t need to be an expert (please don’t worry about thinking you’re not enough; as long as you can provide psychological safety, trust, and respect. Reflecting on what you’ve learned is how you discover where you are – start sharing your experiences and learn from it.

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Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Career Stories: Meet Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Meet Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

We caught up with Graduate Software Developer, Cynthia Anyaeriuba who gave us an overview of her journey into the tech industry. Cynthia started her career as an Orthoptist, however, it was her passion for the tech world that would guide her to Thoughtworks.

Tell us a little about yourself and your career journey so far

My name is Cynthia and I’m a recent career changer. I joined the world of tech about a year and a half ago.

I’m a Graduate Developer at Thoughtworks and I took a non-traditional route into the tech industry. I actually started off my higher education as an Orthoptist, which many people aren’t familiar with. In short, it’s essentially an eye specialist.

Through lots of twists and turns, I ended up going into the world of business as an Account Manager. I knew it wasn’t quite the right role for me, and being quite a curious person, I actually started to shadow Business Analysts and other tech professionals within my company which allowed me to gauge what it meant to work in tech and the type of work they did. From then on, I knew I wanted to be in tech in a hands-on role.

After a bit of investigation, I went through a course at Makers Academy and a Bootcamp that gave me all the skills I needed to apply for the Graduate role at Thoughtworks.

It was such a worthwhile experience and something that I am so glad I did because it was a pivotal point in my life – it allowed me to step into this career and gave me the validation that I could actually do this.

You mention that you started to shadow tech professionals whilst at your previous company, what was it about the tech industry that made you want to make the career change? 

I think it would be that you’re constantly learning. Because I reached a point in my previous career where I felt a little bit stagnant and I just didn’t feel like I was using my brain very much in my day-to-day job.

My orthoptic career was inspired by my need to help people. From a young age, my parents were both in health care. So I thought the only way I could do that was through healthcare. Now, working in tech, I realize that technology is another route to help so many people. So it was kind of a combination of both those things, constant learning and also the fact that I can actually use tech for good and make a change to people’s lives.

Can you tell us a little about how you found your way to Thoughtworks?

When I started at Makers Academy, I discovered Thoughtworks. And it was through a webinar that Hackajob posted. I  really liked the fact that the person that was hosting the webinar was a woman. I really appreciated that because I don’t often see a lot of female representation within the industry. Especially at a high senior level. And when she was explaining what working at Thoughtworks was like, there was a huge focus on team, inclusivity and social impact work.

The social impact work really resonated with me, even to the point where in my interviews at Thoughtworks, a huge portion of my interview was around social justice. And that was almost a casual conversation between myself and two other developers. At first, I thought this seems like such a random thing to do in an interview, but I think it was to gauge the kind of personality that you have because you do need to be aligned with the Thoughtworks ethos.

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Career Stories: Meet Becky Green, Senior Business Analyst, Thoughtworks

Meet Becky Green, Senior Business Analyst, Thoughtworks

Becky Green, Thoughtworks

We caught up with Senior Business Analyst, Becky Green to discuss her journey into the tech industry, and what it was about Thoughtworks culture that brought her back after two years.

When did you know you wanted to have a career in tech?

I didn’t really have a moment where I thought ‘I want to work in tech’, it was more of ‘I want to work in a place that allows me to use my skills, work with high energy people and make interesting things happen’ and the tech industry just so happened to allow me to do all of that!

As soon as I joined the tech industry I quickly realised how diverse it was in terms of roles, products, ways of working and people. It’s a great place to have a career for those that enjoy variety.

What’s your advice for growing a career in the tech industry?

My advice (especially early on) is to take opportunities with enthusiasm, learn as much as you can from experienced people around you, and be confident asking questions. If you can build your personal ‘brand’ early on to be someone who is inquisitive and get things done, people will quickly start trusting you to be responsible for larger pieces of work. Other than that I really enjoy working with people who have a positive attitude so try to bring that to work as much as possible.

What is your proudest accomplishment both personally and professionally?

Going into the tech industry I felt like there was a pressure to be very technical, and often found myself feeling overwhelmed at the terminology the developers would use. So professionally I chose to complete a course in financial business analysis which included learning Python and SQL at a basic to mid-level. I would say that course was ‘up there’ in terms of difficulty as it included many submissions of exam-style questions, and that was on top of my day-to-day work so it could get quite stressful! However, it has definitely built up my confidence in keeping up with technical conversations.

Personally, I’ve had a shift in mentality that it is entirely ok to not have ‘hard’ technical skills, as there is a ginormous space for people with other skills that are equally important.

Those professional and personal accomplishments have helped me gain confidence in my role in different ways.

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Looking to break into a career in Banking? Apply to Morgan Stanley's Experienced Professionals Program

Morgan Stanley Experienced Professionals Program

Looking to break into a career in Banking?

Due to the popularity of our inaugural Morgan Stanley Experienced Professionals Program for Sales & Trading, Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division (IBD) & Global Capital Markets (GCM) division are pleased to announce the launch of their own Experienced Professionals Program, designed to recruit and develop professionals with or without a background in Finance.

Diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a global organisation and we are committed to creating and providing opportunities that enable our workforce to reflect diverse backgrounds and views.

We welcome highly motivated candidates with 3+ years of postgraduate work experience in a professional environment from a diverse range of industries, including but not limited to: Actuary, Finance/Accounting, Consulting, FinTech, Law and Medicine. In line with our diversity commitments, we strongly encourage applicants who self-identify as Black and/or female.

Training Program

Based on your skillsets, experience and interests’ successful candidates will be offered a permanent, Associate level role in IBD or GCM, with both programs commencing in July 2022. On joining, participants will complete six to eight weeks of formal orientation, training, and development. You will also attend training and study sessions to prepare you for any required licensing and registration exams and will be provided with a wide range of resources and support including a dedicated program leader, mentor and buddy, and ongoing product-specific training and career management tools.

About Investment Banking Division

Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division provides industry, regional and product expertise to corporations, institutions, and government clients in order to develop and execute innovative and customized solutions to the most challenging strategic and financing issues faced in the global marketplace.

IBD is comprised of several industry and product groups that work closely with several divisions throughout the Firm to provide relevant market insight, product creativity, and execution expertise to clients. These solutions include initial public offerings (IPO); public and private equity and equity-linked financings; mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings; defense advisory assignments; strategic partnerships; public and private debt placements; share repurchases; and hedging, swaps and derivative transactions.

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About Global Capital Markets

Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets division is a world leader in raising capital for a global client base comprising corporations, institutions, and government clients. GCM advises clients, originates, structures and distributes debt and equity offerings as well as derivatives solutions. Whether executing an IPO, a green bond issuance or a leveraged buyout, GCM combines Morgan Stanley’s expertise in both Investment Banking and Sales and Trading to offer our clients seamless advice and best-in-class solutions.

GCM is organised across 3 main verticals:

  • Equity Capital Markets (ECM) bankers focus primarily on IPOs, SPACs, equity financing and equity-related solutions
  • Fixed Income Capital Markets (FICM) bankers focus primarily on large Investment-Grade bond offerings, acquisition financing, sustainable offerings and debt-related solutions
  • Leveraged Finance (LevFin) bankers focus primarily on High-Yield bond offerings, LBOs and project finance

Qualifications

You must have at least three years of post-graduate experience along with a strong academic background (an MBA, CPA and/or CFA designation would be an asset), analytical skills, client and/or project management skills, excellent communication and genuine intellectual curiosity. Applicants should be results driven, committed to excellence in their work and able to perform to a high standard under pressure and against tight deadlines.

Application Process & Deadline

In order to be considered, candidates must apply by March 6, 2022 at 23:59 GMT. As part of the application process, you will have the option to select your division of preference. The selection process will conclude by the end of April and all applications will be reviewed post this deadline.

Program Location

The Program is based in Morgan Stanley’s London offices. The health and safety of our employees is important to Morgan Stanley and with this in mind the firm has put in place a broad range of measures. We will take into consideration government guidelines and any other relevant factors at the time to determine whether part of the program ought to take place in a virtual environment at our discretion.

Diversity & Inclusion at Morgan Stanley

Commit to Diversity and Inclusion is one of our core values at Morgan Stanley. We strive to build an organisation that is diverse in experience and background, reflecting our standards of integrity and excellence. A diverse, dynamic, and inclusive culture underlies the success of our company. It widens our perspective, helps our employees achieve their professional objectives and allows us to better serve our clients.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence, and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career – a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

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Calling all job seekers! CMI are expanding their tech team

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only Chartered Body for Management and Leadership, working with business and education to inspire people to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.

CMI are committed to transforming accidental managers into conscious, inclusive leaders.

What’s going on?

It’s an exciting time at CMI at the moment, as they are expanding their Technology team significantly to allow them to continue on their roadmap of tech transformation. CMI are looking to fill a variety of roles from engineers to analysts, as well as roles focused on data, cyber security and service.

What they're looking for?

CMI looking for passionate, agile innovators who can collaborate well in a diverse and inclusive team environment.

They have a number of exciting vacancies for experienced Software Developers/Engineers and Lead Engineers to support their tech team with integrating new services (applications and infrastructure) into their existing portfolio, modernising legacy platforms and enabling their move to the cloud. The roles involve collaborating closely with both tech and business colleagues across a variety of requirements & workstreams.

Benefits of working with us @ CMI

CMI pride ourselves on their approach to flexible working. They don’t define what flexible means - they let you do that. CMI give our people the freedom to do their jobs in a way that works best for them - regardless of where or when that is.

As the UK’s experts on Management & Leadership, they know the importance and impact a positive and engaging workplace culture has on success and as such, you will be joining a warm community of CMI employees in a supportive, flexible environment.  CMI are proud to be the two per cent of companies who have achieved Investors in People Platinum Accreditation.

They offer generous holidays and a health care plan alongside a wealth of opportunities for people to develop themselves both personally and professionally.

How do I apply?

If you want to be part of the growing community of passionate tech professionals, take a look at the vacancies on LinkedIn and for more information about CMI, please visit their website.

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Vacancy Spotlight: Principal Architect | Invesco

Invesco logoAs one of the world’s leading asset managers, we are solely dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life.

Our passion for continually searching for ways to improve that experience is second to none, and we’re looking for people to join us who flourish with challenge.

Purpose Statement

We are looking for an experienced Investments Technology Principal Architect to join our Investments Technology team in London and Henley. Your role will be focused around supporting the needs of the business as well as being a key contributor to ongoing strategic projects.

You will play a meaningful role in supporting business growth and help drive the team forward. Working closely with the Engineering team in Hyderabad, you will be tasked with the creation, interpretation, and strategic direction of the Investments Technology development and capabilities.

You will:

  • Support projects designed to enhance the groups capabilities
  • Work closely with a group of agile development teams
  • Work with the business partners to help them understand the art of the possible and form strategic vision and future roadmap
  • Influence design
  • Champion engineering initiatives and standard methodology
  • Remain technically hands on
  • Become an influential member of the Solutions Architecture guild
  • Assist management by providing support and guidance to other team members

Experience and skills you will bring:

  • Have experience and knowledge of the capabilities of AWS services, design patterns and APIs as well as first-hand experience of existing technologies covering .Net, C# and SQL.
  • Experience in using at least one scripting language such as Python.
  • Understand the concepts of the Agile methodologies and related methods (e.g. SAFe, Scrum, Kanban, DevOps); be able to apply these as appropriate in different client contexts and solution phases.
  • Enjoy building positive relationships with internal partners as a collaborative communicator and teammate and have experience in working with Technology teams to implement system solutions and improvements.

Our commitment to you 

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone.  As part of Invesco’s commitment to ensuring our teams have the broad range of experiences and backgrounds required to promote diversity of thought, and to maintaining a positive, engaging work environment, we champion flexible working.

Please feel free to discuss flexible working options with us.

The Good Stuff 

Joining Invesco is just the start.  We focus on nurturing internal talent, offering a variety of tools to support your career advancement, including ongoing learning and development and internal career opportunities.

We have an outstanding benefits package, which includes (ensure county-specific benefits are included here):

  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Company-provided healthcare
  • Annual leave + bank holidays
  • Generous pension provisions
  • Income protection
  • Health and wellness benefits
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Life insurance
  • 26 days annual leave

Our Commitment to the Community, the Environment and Responsible Investing 

We partner with charitable organisations globally to make an impact in the communities where we live and work.  Our people are encouraged to support the charities they feel most passionate about and are offered two days’ volunteering leave annually.

We are committed to adopting and implementing responsible investment principles and practices that uphold our fiduciary responsibility to our clients, as well as being good stewards of the environment.

Invesco is committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. We serve our clients in this space as a trusted partner both on specific responsible investment product strategies as well as part of our commitment to deliver a superior investment experience.

Join Us 

We’re driven by a passion to exceed. Our people are our greatest asset and we take pride in supporting our colleagues both personally and professionally. If you're looking for challenging work, smart colleagues, and a global employer with a social conscience, we invite you to explore your potential with us.

People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply for employment with Invesco may request this by sending an e-mail to EMEA- Talent Acquisition.  Please include your name, the job you are interested in, and the type of accommodation you are requesting.

Recruitment Agencies: 

Invesco has an in-house recruitment team, which focuses on sourcing great candidates directly.

Invesco will not accept unsolicited resumes from agency or search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired. When we do use agencies, we have a PSL in place, so please do not contact hiring managers directly.

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Student Nannies launches to solve working parents' childcare nightmares

Working parents looking for an answer to childcare nightmares, your prayers have been answered in the form of a site that connects local students and parents with a twist.

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The site, Student Nannies, aims to connect parents with students who are studying subjects that their child loves. The service enables parents to search for local students via the subject they study and students to search for parents based in the professional industry they would like to break into.

The company is not a nanny agency, but instead finds local matches which suit both student and parent.

Speaking to WeAreTheCity, Founder of Student Nannies, Tracey Blake, said: “It is a service created for working parents, by working parents. Students have a lot of spare time. Some may only have eight hours of lectures a week and some of the jobs available to them can be pretty miserable.”

Student Nannies was born out of Blake’s need for support with childcare for her daughter Minnie, 6, and son Monty, 4, due to her full-time role as a journalist on a national newspaper and as a children’s story book author.

She added: “My daughter Minnie, who is six, loves art and we have an art student called Louise who collects her from school every Wednesday and then they hang out and do really creative craft projects together - most recently making marbled paper using shaving foam and food colouring -  before Monty arrives and joins in. Students are smart and sensible, and they really can contribute positively to your child’s development - especially if you choose a student with a different skill set to your own as parents. The aim and goal is to create a community of parents and students who are helping each other.”

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“You can search via a variety of filters. You can search by times students are available to work, skills they have, whether they are happy to tutor too, do homework, be a pet nanny, can cook, will work in the school holidays, etc.”

It is free to register with a fee charged to exchange messages between matches as a VIP member. VIP Membership is just £10 a year for students while parents pay a monthly subscription of £15. Once a connection is made, the parent and student negotiate hours and rates.

Students Nannies launched last week and is currently focusing on growing its community to build up the amount of profiles available on the site.

“If we notice that there are lots of parents signing up in one area of the country, then we’ll go in there and market to local students to highlight that there are parents looking for childcare,” added Blake.

Safety

Student Nannies does not vet students, but offers parents a service so they can run a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check on potential Student Nannies for peace of mind, plus the company stresses the need for safety and offers advice on everything from where to hold your first meeting with a student nanny you have matched with, to how to keep your online identity safe and how to check a student’s ID and references.

Blake said: “We take safety seriously because we know that, for parents, their children are

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Left to right: Kim Colley with her son Charlie, Sarah Brown with daughter Georgia Rose, James PInniger (Tracey's other half), Tracey Blake with Minnie and Monty

their most precious thing in the world.”

Entrepreneur mum

Blake said that starting her own business during her evenings and weekends has not been easy, however it has been very rewarding: “It is hard as we all have full-time jobs. I get the kids to bed and I’m back on my laptop to check copy and send emails.

“Don’t be naive about the amount of work that goes into starting a business - luckily the more challenging it is the more rewarding and satisfying your achievements become.”

Blake advised: “If you have an idea in the back of your mind, just do it. It’s better to do something than regret not doing it.

“Women are very resourceful, so a word to all the mums out there – if you’re sitting on a great idea just go ahead and do it.”


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Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. They combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

With employees in more than 100 countries serving seven industries, we offer opportunities as boundless as the world. Below, is a list of countries with the largest number of employees. No matter which country you work in, you’ll collaborate with experts across diverse fields, backgrounds and cultures, expanding your knowledge and helping you realize your full potential. Bring your global perspective and discover career opportunities without boundaries.

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