Alan Ho

I found my course intellectually challenging and liked how the lecturers catered for different learning habits, allowing for course materials to be downloaded. The most helpful module was Networks; it has helped me greatly in my career, especially in managing technology infrastructure projects.

Current position: Assistant Vice President Technology Project Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

At the time of choosing a university, the University of Manchester was, and still is, internationally recognised as one of the top universities for Computer Science. I found my degree programme intellectually challenging and liked how the lecturers catered for different learning habits, allowing for course materials to be downloaded. The most helpful module was Networks; it has helped me greatly in my career, especially for managing technology infrastructure projects.

For my industrial placement, I worked at Merrill Lynch (prior to its merger with Bank of America in 2009) as a Technology Infrastructure Project Manager, responsible for planning and co-ordinating the migration of Infrastructure applications from a non-strategic data centre to a new Tier 4 data centre. I was subsequently offered a place within the 2-year graduate programme. A few years on, after various roles at the bank including Trade Floor Desktop Support and Technology Innovation, I still enjoy working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; I'm now a Technology Project Manager for our Global Commercial, Corporate, and Investment Banking division.

In my role, I am exposed to a very diverse range of technologies, allowing me to get a deeper understanding of how a particular technology works and how it’s integrated with other systems. It is very satisfying knowing that the projects that I manage will ultimately deliver business improvements.

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