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Starting a Career in Technology: Life as an Agile Business Analyst in NI

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Written by: Orlaith Kelly, Agile Business Analyst, Version 1. 

My name Is Orlaith Kelly and I am originally from County Derry and studied Economics with Finance at Queen’s University Belfast. I joined a consulting graduate programme straight out of university and soon realised my strengths and interests lay in working directly with clients to identify their issues. I was keen to work as part of development teams to come up with practical solutions to meet client needs. Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to work in NI, the UK and Australia building my experience across clients and projects. Each client, business and project is different which keeps me challenged and interested. This led me to apply to Version 1 as a Business Analyst where I have developed my skills further.

My role at Version 1 currently sees me working directly on client site (Pre Covid – now from home but still closely with my client team). I work directly with the business, with my Development team and other Delivery teams. I work as part of a fantastic specialist GIS team; this means we have the opportunity to get involved with a lot of interesting and challenging projects that have a real impact on what the business offers to its customers. As we work under an agile delivery methodology, I love seeing the projects initiated, developed and delivered from start to finish. I also have the opportunity to learn so much from experienced technical colleagues. 

My future career plans will likely focus on delivery, however, I would like to try other roles within management for example as a Product Manager or Delivery Manager. From a Version 1 perspective, I have been given fantastic opportunities to develop both technically and professionally, as well as encouraged to reach out with new ideas and get involved with the wider business. I have also had great mentors that encourage and advise me when needed.

My advice to young people considering a career in tech is to go for it! Tech does not have to mean coding; there are plenty of opportunities and career paths that exist that can cater towards those with creative interests, problem-solving mindsets and also – of course – those with technical interests too. Once you get into the industry there is so much opportunity to learn and develop your own pathway based on your interests.

Find out what it is like to work in our Belfast office and if you would like to join our team view our open opportunities. 

If you are interested in hearing more about getting started in the IT industry please get in touch.

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