IT degrees not required for coders and banks

Dipa Kapadia did not study computer science; she studied business mathematics and statistics at the London School of Economics. This may help explain why Kapadia – who is now a Managing Director in the Bank of America London Technology function – thinks that an IT study is not very necessary for technology jobs and investment banks.

“A few years ago, it was a prerequisite,” said Kapadia, speaking today at Code Fest 2021, organized by Code First Girls. “YYou need a technical background and a degree in computer science. ”

Nowadays, Kapadia said that it is simply necessary to demonstrate an interest in coding and technology and to show what you have done with that interest in your spare time by taking online coding courses, for example.

When working on the trade floor, it also helps to be temperamentally calm. Kapadia, the head of the EMEA markets application production team at BofA, said she got her first job in markets technology because she was good at dealing with difficult people. – Traders can be “very frustrated”, she observed.

Kapadia also said that banks need to adopt hybrid work if they want to continue to attract young technology staff. Banking was an “in-office” industry, but it evolved, she added, “I was a month back in the office, but I had the flexibility where if I did not want to work during rush hour I could take a break between 2pm at 3 pm and finish the call I have to make at home. ”

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