FDM is committed to championing diversity in the work place not only with different cultures and nationalities, but also with different academic backgrounds. FDM recruits hundreds of graduates every year from a variety of disciplines; however the majority of these have a degree in a STEM (science,technology, engineering, maths) subject, or more specifically, a computing-related degree. As part of our ongoing blog series, we spoke with FDM Consultants whose degrees couldn’t be further from the IT world; to discuss their success in the tech industry, despite arriving there via a less conventional route. The pie chart, right, shows all non-STEM and non-Business related degree disciplines recruited in 2014: showing the diverse range of graduates recruited including Archaeology, Media and Design and Modern Foreign Languages, to name a few.
Leaving Law behind to pursue a career in Technology: the journey of an IT Consultant
Name: Ashik Nanji
Then: LLB Law, City University
Now: Technical Analyst, Virgin Media
Ashik Nanji studied LLB Law at City University in London and completed his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bloomsbury. He applied to FDM to pursue, in his eyes, a more interesting career path. Ashik is now an FDM Consultant on site at Virgin Media.
Ashik emphasised that, “regardless of the industry you work in, you need to have some level of passion for what you do”, and despite having enjoyed his degree, found himself “lacking that passion in law”, so looked to an alternative career path facilitated by FDM.
For Ashik, changing industry was a daunting process but his keen interest in technology and the opportunities available ensured his transition was a success; “Working for FDM opens doors that would otherwise be inaccessible to people with non-traditional IT backgrounds. The fact that after my training, I would be in a role at one of FDM’s many reputable clients gave me the confidence to take that step.”
Although law and IT are seemingly disparate fields, Ashik’s grounding in law provided him with a multitude of transferable skills such as the ability to extract and analyse information from a variety of sources, which has proven very useful in his current role. He commented on the well-recognised and valuable qualifications gained at FDM, which have further advanced his skill set. Ashik was quick to point out that he has “always had a loose ambition to work on the business side of a technology related product, though he never envisaged himself working within an actual Development team!”
When asked what the best thing about working at FDM was, Ashik said, “It’s hard to overstate the pervasiveness of IT in current times. Working in this industry, you know you’re developing a useful skill set that will likely have value in any industry that you may eventually move in to.”
Working with some of the most interesting businesses around today, in a fast-paced and fascinating field, is what drives Ashik. He concluded, “Most of all, technology is continuously evolving, so there’s always a new challenge to pit yourself against.”
Ashik’s story outlines the importance of passion as well as prospects in your career choice and once again, highlights the successful transition of a non-STEM graduate to an FDM Consultant.