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Orlando Abel Vina
University of Technology Sydney
Orlando studied Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at University of Technology Sydney
What's your job about?
Since June last year I have been on a client engagement at The NSW Treasury, where we are all working on a large-scale IT implementation project to enhance the NSW Government’s financial management capabilities, and will ultimately have an impact on all people in NSW. This is a large, complex project that has received significant media coverage, and is a big opportunity for PwC to showcase its IT consultancy practice.
My role on this engagement is to essentially function as a 'jack-of-all-trades'. This is driven by the nature of my role within the Training and Capability team for which I am required to understand the business landscape the client operates in, its requirements around the system that is being implemented, and the current existing capabilities within The Treasury (as well as all NSW Government Agencies) whose current work practices will be superseded by new ones as a result of this project. To obtain all this information requires a lot of reading of technical and business documentation, and regular, ongoing stakeholder workshops and collaboration. On the back of this, we develop training courses for the group of NSW Government employees who are required to use the new system on a daily basis. This is quite a drawn-out process, however, as you would expect, you become a bit of an expert on the new system, you get to build on prior knowledge, and you meet interesting people along the way. It is quite a busy environment at times, but coming from the hospitality industry, it's nothing new in that regard.
What's your background?
My parents migrated from Spain to The Netherlands to greener and (much) colder pastures, so I grew up in Amsterdam. Here I completed high school at selective level, and then took a gap year to work, travel, and consider what I wanted to do. After completing various aptitude and interest tests, I was recommended to study IT, but I had no idea what to expect, so opted for an Arts degree instead. After finishing my degree, I moved to Australia, and somehow became a chef along the way, until I decided that IT could possibly be a better fit after all! The year 2011 was a special year for me; not only did I get to finally start a second degree in IT, my son was born (followed by a daughter two years later). Last year I started with PwC after having worked at NAB as a technical Business Analyst for a year.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
In short: yes. I would definitely encourage others to pursue an education and try hard at succeeding at it. On a personal account, my parents had very little schooling, and I was the first within my family to go to university. Perseverance has been very important to me throughout, though I would certainly advise others to take their time in deciding to study for a degree when uncertain of where they see themselves. If there are mentoring opportunities available to you, take advantage of these!
What's the coolest thing about your job?
Definitely the ongoing development opportunities. In other words: lifelong learning, which is now becoming a skill in itself.
What are the limitations of your job?
There will always be periods where you are busy working towards deadlines which can take away from your leisure time. Any exciting work requires preparatory activities. This will always be the case in most jobs.
Pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
Persevere with the things that matter most to you and learn to drop those that do not. You can waste incredible amounts of time (and money) persevering with tasks that ultimately do not matter to your future. It’s hard to sometimes work out where you want to be; the good thing about working for a large consultancy like PwC, is that it gives you an insight into the various paths available to you. In conversations with others (including interviews), don’t just ask what they like about their work; ask them what they do not. This will help you find your best fit.