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SEB is an innovative organisation with endless possibilities

Noshin Moosavi

Noshin Moosavi worked for three years in the role of IBMi System Administrator and Scrum Master has chosen to move on to become a Data Engineer. Here, she shares her thoughts on the career opportunities at SEB and talks more about her new role. 

What made you switch roles? 

– I am someone who constantly wants to learn new things, both in my personal life and at work. After working with IBM platforms for six years, first at a different bank and later at SEB, I began to feel that my development was stagnating. So last year, I started to reconsider my career goals, and also SEB’s development and what that might mean for me. Right now, we talk a lot about our cloud journey, which is something I have been super curious about, perhaps because I’ve only worked with actual servers in data centres and have had limited contact with cloud technology. Therefore, it felt like a natural step to make an internal move to a cloud-based platform so that I could stay at SEB and simultaneously open the door to a new type of technology. 

Tell us more about the Data Engineer role!

– I work in a cross-functional team created about two years ago called Finance Risk Compliance 360. We support the Finance, Risk & Compliance organisation by managing and providing a data platform, built on Google Cloud Platform, for different use cases. As a Data Engineer, I have a strong focus on data-driven innovation and work with building systems that collect, validate and prepare data for end-users. 

What is the best and most challenging part of your job?

– Going from working as a System Administrator to becoming a developer is a big step, especially since I’ve completely changed technical platforms – from working with IBM Power System to Google Cloud. While it’s been incredibly challenging to take on new technologies, programming languages, and ways of thinking, it’s also been the most fun and exciting part. Plus, the team I work with is amazing!

Why SEB?

– When I started my banking career I had many preconceived notions about what my work life would be like. I thought it would be a stable job, but on the other hand, maybe not very cool. I was very wrong about the cool part. SEB is an incredibly innovative organisation with endless possibilities. There are plenty of internal mobility opportunities, great benefits, and a culture that truly values work-life balance. The bank also invests a lot in new technology, and I feel that we are very good at communicating how each employee contributes to the organisation’s overall success. It’s something I haven't experienced at previous workplaces, and perhaps that's why I identify so strongly as a “SEBer”. 

Do you have any tips for those who want to develop their careers in IT?

– Start by thinking about what’s important to you and how you can keep your passion alive. If you don’t find your job interesting enough, it will affect so many other parts of your life. That’s when you have to do something about it, whether you’re at the beginning of your career or just a few years away from retirement. Of course, it can be intimidating to seek something new. At the beginning of my career, I could easily be discouraged by the often long list of requirements for things you should know when applying for a new job. But over the years, I’ve realised that you can learn everything on that list, and even a little more. The most important thing is that you believe in yourself and explore what you’re passionate about. Then you’ll be able to give so much more!