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Anam Ali, Consultant Developer, Guidewire

Anam Ali, Consultant Developer, Guidewire

What is your current job and what does it involve?

I’m a consultant developer with Guidewire Software. My day to day role requires me to look at customer requirements and then determine how I can develop solutions for them, working alongside developers, to meet the customers' needs.

How did you acquire your current position?

I studied a bachelor’s in Business Computing at DIT and in my third year I interviewed for a six month internship with Guidewire. The very next day I received an email saying I had gotten the position, which was great. It was a six months rotational internship, and I worked in two departments – product development and professional services. I acquired many new skills, including technical coding skills such as Angular JS and GoSu, which is Guidewire’s own coding language. After completing the internship I was fortunate enough to be offered a graduate position with the company. 

What do you like most about your job?

I love the fact that I’m always learning something new. I’m always creating something new, and as I’m a creative person, that’s something that really resonates with me. I’m also surrounded by a great, smart group of people at Guidewire, so there isn’t a day that I am not learning something new. 

What are the most important skills for a career in this sector?

It is essential to have good technical skills, as they will make it much easier to integrate into the company. Two other skills which I would consider really useful are good communication skills and time management skills. As we have a diverse office, communication skills are vital, and you need to be comfortable working with different people across different teams. Time management skills are also hugely important as we have many deadlines and we need to ensure that we prioritise our work properly. I’m surrounded by a great, smart group of people at Guidewire, so there isn’t a day that I am not learning something. I’m always creating something new, and as I'm a creative person, that’s something that really resonates with me.