System Analyst At World Health Organization, Geneva
It is a dream of many students to persue careers at an International level and many of them the idea of working for United Nations is a dream come true. Due to the advent of the Internet, alot of these dreams can surely come true. As we have always pledged to bring you the experts in the industry to illuminate your career path, here is Raymond Zziwa sharing his experience working for World Health Organization in Geneva
A typical day for me starts at 8:00 am and ends at 6:30 pm. I usually kick-start the day with a cup of coffee before I embark on any task of writing code or do anything on my computer. I also normally have a stand up meeting around 10:00 am and 11:00 am just to recap what has been done the previous day.40% of my time is spent writing code and the rest on researching or doing some project management tasks.
One of major tasks is to provide a set of testing and engineering services on behalf of WHO to support the successful completion of application development. I also provide technical project management of individual development sprints like feature tracking and bug fixing.
Ability to create new products brings a sense of satisfaction in my career coupled with the fulfillment that comes from helping technical units solve and automate most of their process makes my job so interesting.
Sometimes tasks can turn out to be extremely complex and time consuming which drains the brain hence resulting into stress.
The IT Industry is constantly evolving and keeping abreast with the current technologies posses a great challenge for one to stay relevant to the job market. You have got to always pick up on new technologies and also keep learning.
Physics, Chemistry and Biology...These helped me develop a discipline of researching, and the capability to think and build complex algorithms using mathematical expressions.I think the ability to solve some computational problems was developed through my love for physics and chemistry.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Investment Analysis and an Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering.
I think my A level was very instrumental in setting a foundation on which the rest of the my career is built much as my love for innovation and creating was shaped by the diploma that I did in software engineering.
I realized that most of the missing bits and pieces come together after learning how to put different things together programatically using different Computer programming languages and techniques.
Yes...learning never seizes to stop. The more I advance in my career, the more I see the need to go back to school or take up more training to help me further ground and back up my skills.
Online applications to job adverts.
My mother. I always admired how she evolved through her career and I aimed to do better.
I have so many...but I think one is the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment. I have rubbed shoulders with people from different parts of the world and sharing their experiences with me helps me understand the world on a more broader perspective from what I initially had.
God fearing, hard work and honesty...Above all, one needs God to succeed. Success without God is empty and unfulfilled. You have got to stay connected to God.
After interacting with so many powerful minds, I realized that my dream job is to able to serve my community. I dream of the time when I will be in position to use my skill sets to better the community I live in.
Discipline - This covers most of the areas of that one needs on a job. For example one should cultivate the discipline of being organised, time keeping and planning,etc. These are tasks that many people think have but in reality very few posses.It is very easy to lose yourself in a fast paced work environment with out these characters.
Don't give up on researching, innovating and practicing. For one to be a good software developer, you always have to keep practicing.
Big data and Artificial intelligence
Like they usually put it. The sky is the limit. One can achieve anything they are passionate about for as long they put their mind to it and work towards it.