Our women in tech: Spartan Rituja Rao08/03/2019
Every industry is being disrupted or enhanced by technology and with the pace of change showing no signs of slowing - a new wave of female tech talent could prove to be the industry’s saving grace. We sat down with Rituja Rao, a newly graduated Spartan consultant who has already turned her desire to work in technology into a promising career…
How did your tech journey begin with Sparta Global?
Before Sparta Global I studied BA Journalism at the University of Westminster. I gained essential communication and organisational skills from my degree in journalism, and it gave me the confidence and perseverance to be an effective business leader – but I wanted to work in tech. I was attracted to the innovation opportunities in the sector, and I thought I had the passion and attitude to succeed in a tech career.
I came across Sparta Global at the National Graduate Fair and it was an instant fit – I loved Sparta Global’s culture and energy.
Tell us a little bit more about your time at the Sparta Academy
I was in the Business 10 class in the Business stream at Sparta Global and graduated from the Richmond Academy in July 2018.
My training involved learning key practical and interpersonal skills associated with business analysis, software testing and project management. During my course I was even able to gain three professional certifications; BCS Foundation Certification in Business Analysis, ISTQB Software Testing and PRINCE2 Foundation – all in just eight weeks!
How did you find your training at the Sparta Academy?
As a journalism graduate – everything was totally new to me! And with just eight weeks training, it certainly was a crash course. However, I absolutely loved the pace of my training – it was fast yet extremely efficient and I was learning so much. I scored a perfect 100% in my SQL Assessment and I had never touched or heard of SQL before Sparta Global!
My Trainer Tim Cawte should take a lot of credit for this. His teaching style was very effective and it made me believe that I could excel in the technology industry.
Chris White, Sales Director at Sparta Global, says; “Rituja excelled at the Sparta Academy, passing her exams with flying colours and positioning herself as a very well-rounded and capable consultant. Rituja relocated for her first tech job and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. She has integrated incredibly well into the company she currently works with and feedback from her mentors has been outstanding. I look forward to seeing her continued progression.”
You are now working as a Project Manager in Northampton in your first tech role. How are you finding it?
I have been working as Project Manager for five months now and my day-to-day tasks all revolve around managing my project end-to-end. This can include everything from planning, reporting, stakeholder management, managing other people and risk management. I am also involved with resource planning and activity sequencing and managing finances for my project – securing funding, tracking finances, financial forecasting and reporting. I am also engaged with procurement and supplier management on my projects. It is so varied and I still find it incredible I am doing all of this after just eight weeks training.
Are you working on a particular project?
I am currently managing a project to introduce Azure DevOps into the organisation I work for, working alongside our DevOps team to implement the tool. My project is responsible for configuring the tool to meet business requirements, designing business processes around it and ensuring everything seamlessly integrates with our project lifecycles.
I am also involved with rethinking how we deliver projects like these. I’ve had an impact on reinventing Waterfall and Agile project lifestyles. Our tool has been designed to manage both, holistically. As a part of this project, I’m also going be introducing training to ensure all of the staff are up to date with how the tool runs.
My second project revolves around installing JAWS in my organisation and ensuring our web applications are DDA (Disability and Discrimination Act) compliant.
How would you describe your time working in the technology industry?
I absolutely love working in the organisation I have been placed with. It has really enabled me to work on my planning, management and communication skills and grow on the job.
I already feel I have been given alot of ownership around my work and the impact I have on the organisation seems very real and intrinsic. I have this sense of responsibility in my role that really motivates me to keep pushing to achieve the goals I have been set.
I have built a wonderful support network within the company I work with. My mentors and colleagues are always readily available to provide support and share their experiences with me.