Alfa - Ying Ying Li

Name: Ying Ying Li
Job Title: Consultant
Company: Alfa
Sectors: Computing & IT, Consultancy

Ying Ying Li studied Particle Physics at the University of Cambridge to Phd level.

How did you find the application and interview process for your job?

I found CHP’s application process very straightforward. It involved an initial phone interview followed by two face-to-face, the first with HR and a senior manager and the second with two directors. I think what really impressed me was how involved the directors were in the recruitment process and the commitment in getting the right person for the job. The interview process also offered a great insight into the workings of the asset finance industry.

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

I worked previously as part of large international research collaboration. What I really enjoyed about it was the diversity of people I worked with, the process of working as a team to reach a common goal, and the opportunity to travel the world. When I was looking for a move away from research and into the corporate world, consultancy seemed a perfect fit for what I wanted and the skills I had.

What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?

I’ve always been interested in how large organisations operate. The project-based nature of the job means I have been able to work in a number of large corporations and get a first-hand experience working at each client site. Also, I’ve had a different role on each project and this keeps things interesting and fresh.

What have you struggled most with since starting you career, and do you have any advice on how to overcome it?

Nothing comes immediately to mind. I was fortunate in the case that there are many similarities between my previous and current jobs, so having that experience was a great advantage. I would recommend taking up any internship opportunities available to gain some first-hand experience.

Do you feel diversity is an issue in the Industry you work in?

There is a smaller proportion of women working in the IT/Consultancy industry in general. However, this is something that I have not found to be an issue, and I would love to see more women consider IT/Consultancy as a career.

What's the best career advice you've ever received?

Try to enjoy what you do, as it really comes across in your work.

What advice would you give to other aspiring graduates looking to work in your field?

Be up for a challenge and prepared to think on your feet.

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