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Amit Kumra : Software Engineer

Meet Amit Kumra, a mba graduate, currently working as an assistant manager with Citi Group as he talks about his experiences working with various multi-national companies:

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What is your current position, career focus and total years of experience?
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I am currently working as an Assistant Manager with Citi Group, Pune with 6 years of work experience in the area of Investment Banking and Corporate Banking with organisations like Cognizant.

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How did you get started in your career? What motivated you to get into this career?
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I started my career as a Software Engineer with an international MNC, my motivation being that I needed a job after graduation. After working for around 2.5 years, I realized that this was not my cup of tea and I went for post-graduate studies.

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What is this career like?
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It's a great platform for freshers who have just passed out of their engineering colleges to start their career and get the feel of corporate world. You get to learn a lot from your peers and managers. Some companies demand employees to work in US, UK shifts and an individual should be willing to do so. This way they get to know the nitty gritties of the professional world!

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What is a normal work day in the life of a Software Engineer?
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I start my day at around 11 a.m. by checking mails the first thing in the morning. My day ends at around 8 - 8:30 pm as I have to interact with US clients. In between we work on the tasks assigned and attend regular scheduled meetings also taking out time for lunch and tea breaks!

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How was your journey from your first job till the current one? Where do you see yourself 5-10 years from now?
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From being a Software Engineer to Assistant Manager, the journey so far has been fantastic. Every day is a new learning experience. After 5-10 years I want to reach the middle level of management.

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What specialized training and education did you choose to succeed in this field? What inspired you to build the skills?
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I am a computer science engineer and an MBA (finance) graduate. I think these skills are sufficient enough to succeed in my field.

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Which skills have you found most helpful, and which ones will be most important in the future?
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A person who possesses good analytical skills (not to forget good communication skills) would succeed in his professional as well as personal life.

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What have been your best experiences and challenges while working in this field?
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You interact with people from different backgrounds & culture and work together as a team. So it's a very unique kind of experience in which the learning is immense.

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What recommendation would you give to prospective students who want to advance in this field? What education & skills do they need to focus on, over others?
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They should have good technical as well as analytical skills to excel in this field which can be achieved through on-the-job trainings, certifications etc. Good communication and listening skills are also vital.

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Do you have any other 'words of wisdom' that you would like to pass on?
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Work as a team. It really doesn't matter who takes the credit, you should be honest to yourself.