Computer science degrees not needed for coders in banks
Dipa Kapadia did not study computer science; she studied business mathematics and statistics at the London School of Economics. This might help explain why Kapadia – who is now managing director of Bank of America’s technology function in London – thinks a computer science degree isn’t totally necessary for tech jobs in investment banking.
“A few years ago that was a prerequisite,” said Kapadia, speaking today at Code Fest 2021, hosted by Code First Girls. “YesYou needed technical training and a computer science degree. ”
Nowadays, Kapadia has said that it’s just necessary to show an interest in coding and technology and show what you’ve done with that interest in your spare time by taking coding lessons online, for example.
If you work in the trading room, having a calm temperament also helps. Kapadia, who leads 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 become “very frustrated”, she observed.
Kapadia also said banks must embrace hybrid work if they are to continue attracting younger tech staff. Banking has been an ‘in the office’ industry, but it is evolving, she added: “I have been back in the office for a month, but I have had the flexibility where if I don’t want to work hourly. rush I can take a break between 2 and 3 p.m. and end the calls I need to make at home. “
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