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Akalja Logeswaran

Akalja Logeswaran

Software Engineer
Background: MEng Biomedical Engineering

Whilst studying Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, I'd had a go at basic coding. I realised I enjoyed it and began looking into related career opportunities. Alfa was a great choice for me as it allows me to pursue a career in both technology and finance.

My induction group consisted of graduates from all disciplines, and between us we had varying levels of technical knowledge, but the training structure meant we were all well supported. We started off with four weeks of training, including the basics of asset finance, an introduction to the product, a week of Java, the other technologies used at Alfa, and a lot more.

The thing that really sets Alfa apart for me is the work-life balance and the great culture, with plenty of social activities organised by the company.

This was a great opportunity to meet lots of my new colleagues from the moment we started, as each session was delivered by someone new. Following this, we moved into six weeks of development training where we were able to apply our new skills under close supervision. This was really beneficial for the transition onto my first role on a development team.

Even though there was a steep learning curve, the collaborative, open environment we have here made it easy to learn from people at all levels in the company. The extensive training and support available means there's always an opportunity to develop your skills, whether your focus is functional or technical.

On top of the many events we get to enjoy, there are so many opportunities to sign up for, including six days of paid volunteering.

Adam Morrison

Background: BA(Hons) History

One of my friends had joined the graduate programme and told me all about how Alfa could be a really rewarding place to work. Like many graduates who join Alfa I had no technical experience before I arrived, but the induction training was incredibly thorough and supportive. Within only six weeks, I was already out working at a client's offices!

It's not possible to talk about my experience with Alfa without discussing the social side of the business: we really are very well looked after!

The asset finance industry came as a bit of a surprise. I was taken aback by how interesting it can be. Every training session on what our clients do gives a bit more detail on the financial world, and offers real insight into how our work affects both our clients and their customers. My roles have been with some of Alfa's longest-held clients, and this has offered an enormous range of problemsolving opportunities. Working so

closely with the clients themselves has brought the opportunity to learn about the full breadth of requirements they have, meaning no two weeks are ever alike.

Throughout the year, the company puts on special events to bring everyone together. These meetings often shed light on parts of the business that I don't get to see every day - and always include us being spoiled in some way. I always get the impression that Alfa takes my work-life balance seriously. At this point, there are many avenues my career could go down and that's exciting. I'm very happy where I am and can't see that changing any time soon.

Charlie Radford

My Management Information Systems degree from the University of Texas served as a great base for performing well at Alfa. I knew I wanted to do something that leveraged technical skills while also using business and people skills, and implementation consulting has been an avenue to use all of those tools. From working under highly technical individuals in the office, configuring AWS or programming in Java, to traveling to work with clients at their sites on more functional issues, I've had solid opportunities to learn and improve.

A saying I like to live by is, ‘If you're not enjoying yourself or improving yourself, you're wasting your time.' At Alfa, I do both.

Since I've been at Alfa, which is for over a year and a half, I've lived or commuted regularly to five different cities. Seeing different cities has definitely improved my perspective since I hadn't lived anywhere other than Texas before that. The initial training right out of college sent our intake to London for five weeks of Java training. Talk about a shock right out of the gate! Alfa's work-life balance and social connectivity is what sets the company apart for me. While working in LA, I was the only American in the entire office, which was awesome. The general culture encourages connecting with your coworkers and makes for a pleasant workplace environment. I didn't realize I was going to make lifelong friends at my place of work, but I'm not complaining!

Samantha Rahmani

I found Alfa almost by accident. I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, so when I was preparing for the career fair I had made a list of all these big name chemical companies I thought I should work for. I spent hours in line waiting to talk to representatives and at the end of the day as everyone was packing up posters and booths I just wandered around Pierpont Commons until I stumbled upon the Alfa table. I hadn't planned on applying to a software company, but now I'm very glad I did.

I joined Alfa because I was excited to work with clients in a challenging environment. While that has held true, I've stayed because I enjoy working in the community and culture that Alfa fosters.

Other than the one semester of coding I was required to take as a freshman in Engineering, I had avoided it whenever possible. I was convinced I was bad at coding, and so I would forever be bad at coding. Since joining Alfa I have been shocked at how much code I have been able to learn in such a short amount of time. The training program at Alfa was intense – three weeks at the headquarters in London, followed by 10 weeks at the Michigan office – but the company sets you up for success and helps you find roles that are challenging and exciting to you. Whether you're interested in more technical work, functional work, or somewhere in between there's an opportunity for you somewhere, and plenty of people who will help you reach it!

The level of support and guidance I've experienced at Alfa is unlike anything I expected. Everyone makes time to answer questions or help you solve a problem. The company values open communication, and I have been as welcomed to chat with the CEO as I would with any peer. I'm encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance. And Alfa understands that hard work should be paired with some fun – company conferences take place every year in great locations, and there are always events and social activities going on in the community.

Jesse Minchey

I graduated from the University of Texas in 2018 with a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and a minor in Creative Writing. The main reason I pursued MIS was because I wanted to be at the intersection of business, technology, and people. This was a major reason I chose Alfa, and the new grad program afforded me plenty of opportunities to learn in all three of these spaces. During training, I came in every day ready to learn new things from excellent teachers. As a consequence, I felt that I had all the tools I needed when training was over. In my case, I went on to work in a small internal team to develop a new testing framework and improve existing ones. It's exciting. The learning never truly stops, and neither do the opportunities to try something new.

I believe that such an energizing atmosphere is rare, and is what makes Alfa an incredible place to work.

There is also something to be said about Alfa's people, whom, combined with the size of the company, create a unique atmosphere. Everyone I've met at the company genuinely puts forth their best effort, and that inspires trust, professionalism, camaraderie, and honesty. 

Josephine Thomas

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with dual degrees in Finance and Sociology. When looking for career opportunities in my senior year, I wanted a job that would let me work with technology and finance while also offering opportunities to work with people. Alfa met all of my requirements and then some.

My roles have enabled me to take on significant responsibility with clients. I work with senior client staff to design their future-state business processes and see first-hand how Alfa fits in with their needs. There are new challenges each day, which keep the work interesting and allow me to learn and improve continuously. There is a highly collaborative environment across projects, which permits me to team up with people all over the world with a variety of expertise and perspectives to find the best solution on an issue.

Being at Alfa has enabled me to explore both technical and business/functional opportunities. The training is rigorous but covers everything you need to succeed at this company. You build development skills from the ground up, which I appreciated coming in without a technical background.

I particularly enjoy the hackathons and innovation events because I can be creative and experience different technologies outside my day-to-day routine. The absolute best thing about Alfa is the support I receive from  those around me. Whether taking on a more challenging role on project, learning a new coding language, or developing new skills, I have encouragement all along the way. The culture at Alfa is phenomenal. Work-life balance is hard to find in the consulting industry, but it is very important here. The quarterly meetings are a great way to stay connected to the different locations and do fun group activities. The company conferences are always at an interesting location and are some of my favorite experiences at Alfa. Everyone is very friendly so even meeting a new colleague at these events is like bumping into someone you've known for ages.