Sayyid Alam
Sayyid Alam

My degree at Manchester taught me the knowledge to take on such topics as understanding networks, multi-threading, system architecture, databases, big data, scripting and distributed systems. 

Current position: Barclays Investment Bank – AETT PSEC RTB Analyst

I am currently working in the Algorithm and Electronic Trading Technology (AETT) at Barclays Investment Bank, in particular, Prime Services Execution and Core Connectivity (PSEC) as a Run The Bank (RTB) analyst. This means I look after all the applications and processes for all the high volume, low latency transactions. We sit between the business that focuses on external clients and the development team and exchanges. On a day to day basis we look after all our server estate and make sure the internal and external clients has continuous flow for the Futures and Quant Prime Services businesses. My role mainly includes incident management, project and migration coordination, automation of processes and client support. I will finish the graduate scheme in September 2014 and will go permanent with the opportunity to be a part of a team that is in the forefront of technology.

In my first position I worked within the Foreign Exchange (FX) business area supporting applications which have $3.5 trillion global flow each day. My role, similar to PSEC, was incident management and project coordination with a focus on high profile regulatory audits and process improvement. Both business areas have been very different but have allowed me to gain a vast idea of the different areas of the Investment Bank and how they are all interconnected.

My degree at Manchester taught me the knowledge to take on such topics as understanding networks, multi-threading, system architecture, databases, big data, scripting and distributed systems. Small factors of almost every unit that I studied at university have in some way been applicable to my role within technology in investment banking. Studying Computer Science with Business and Management has helped a lot, especially within this industry, as the course provides fundamental business concept knowledge. This has also been useful for the project management and team working aspects of day to day work in a large corporation.

The best part of studying at Manchester was the academic history and reputation. The University of Manchester is a red brick university which is also a part of the Russell Group for world class research. The School of Computer Science also has great history of its own and within the industry is known for the great standard of education each student leaves the university with. Apart from the reputation, the city is also a great place to live, has great transport links within the city and to any other city around the UK from London to Edinburgh. There is a great social life to balance out the studying and also the facilities within the university are second to none, with more and more improvements each year.

My advice to anyone that chooses to study Computer Science here in Manchester would be to make the most of all the topics you study, choose topics that you find interesting as in your career you will always find an area of work around that subject area. Apply early as possible for insight weeks, summer placements and grad schemes. Finally, stay ahead of the game, this will give you a good head start, good practice and also show your determination to your tutors and fellow students. 

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