BearingPoint Graduate Hires – Meet Carl, Senior Technology Analyst

Meet Carl

My Role

18 months after I started in the BearingPoint Dublin office I was promoted to Senior Technology Analyst. I graduated from Trinity College with a Masters degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering and joined BearingPoint at the end of the summer. In my first few months I developed automated tests on a project in the financial services sector, I met with clients for face-to-face for knowledge transfer sessions, and even worked on a proof of concept project around Dev-Ops. These experiences gave me a lot of exposure to areas of development and consulting that I never had in college. Today I'm working on a large project in the telecommunications industry, developing new features, fixing bugs and looking to take on more responsibilities each day.

Normal Day

Each day can be quite different and presents new challenges. We work in an agile team, so most days start with a daily stand-up meeting. This is a 15 minute meeting where each person gives a quick update. We use a Kanban board to keep track of tasks that need to be done, what stage of development they're at and who is working on them. A typical day involves working through these tasks, developing code and collaborating with testers and business analysts from both the client’s side and BearingPoint’s.

Our work programmes are broken into two-week sprint cycles. At the beginning of each sprint the team meets to discuss, plan and decide which tasks are to be implemented in the next development iteration. The tasks are described in 'user stories' which capture the business requirements of the client and how the solution is to be implemented. Each sprint the development team sit down and estimate how much work we can commit to deliver in the sprint and these tasks are added to the Kanban board.

Outside the Office

Outside the office I keep myself busy playing football, cycling or just hanging out with friends. I like going to music festivals during the summer and love travelling as much as I can. When on holidays, I enjoy getting away to explore new cities and cultures or spending a few days on the slopes.

Why BearingPoint

I hadn't heard of BearingPoint when I was in college. It was only when a friend went to work for them that I knew who they were. Upon joining, the first thing I noticed was what a nice environment it was to work in. People were friendly and helpful and I quickly got to know many of them. BearingPoint has a strong ‘open door’ policy, so asking for help or advice is never a problem. Everyone is approachable, no matter how senior. BearingPoint also has a Sports and Social club which organises monthly events throughout the year. These events are great for meeting new people and having some fun outside the office.

BearingPoint is committed to helping you develop your career. Everyone is assigned a performance manager who will help you set your career goals and support you in achieving them. There are numerous online resources and training courses provided to help you develop your skills as a developer and as a consultant. You can set goals and complete training to cater to your own interests, and everyone is encouraged to schedule some time outside of their projects to complete training.

Soon after joining, new hires go on an all expenses paid, week-long, consultant training course in Berlin, with colleagues from other offices all over Europe. It is a great opportunity to meet people from across the firm and is a week to be remembered!