Case study

Change+ analyst — Filip Osiczanski

Filip studied MSc Information Technology Management at the University of Wolverhampton before landing a place on Grayce's Change+ graduate development programme, which involved working for a company as a Change+ analyst

How did you get onto the Grayce Change+ development programme?

I applied for the graduate programme and received a message back from Grayce introducing me to the company, and after that I attended two more interviews. Once I'd been accepted, I soon started work as a Change+ analyst.

What's a typical day like as a Change+ analyst?

There are so many challenging tasks coming your way, you'll never get bored. It's a very dynamic job - you'll have to show your initiative and be keen to learn new things every day.

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

I would consider myself to be a social person, so the part of the role that gives me most satisfaction is the constant communication with stakeholders and getting involved in the many interactions throughout the day. Also, the feeling after successfully completing a project is priceless.

What are the challenges?

Because this is a graduate role, the learning curve was very steep. I was required to hit the ground running and pick up new things on a daily basis. I'm still continuing to do this after completing a year in the role.

In a more general sense, there's always opposition to IT change at some point during a project, so the ability to overcome that opposition by bringing those stakeholders on the journey is always a challenge.

In what ways is your postgraduate qualification relevant to your job?

Throughout my Masters degree in IT management, we had modules in key areas such as project management, data management and SQL. They are all very helpful in my current project, as you can finally use all the knowledge gathered over the course of the degree and use it in practice. There will be many times during your career path where the skills and knowledge gained from your studies will prove to be relevant.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

I would like to become a freelance consultant in the future and have an opportunity to work from any place in the world.

What advice would you give to other aspiring analysts?

  • Be open to new challenges. Don't worry about asking too many questions and be prepared to interact with your work colleagues as well as senior management.
  • Always be punctual, kind and complete the task you're asked to do. It may seem really obvious, but a good attitude in the beginning will show that you're hardworking and a positive person from the start. Those are the most important characteristics of a future manager.
  • Find the ideal balance between work and leisure. We tend to be very ambitious in our young age, but if we want to give our best effort, we have to be well rested and not overwhelmed by the responsibilities of our job.

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