What’s your name and job title?
Zhiyao (Jessica) Jiang – graduate test engineer.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in North-east China where there is beautiful snow in the winter.
What have you studied?
I studied electrical engineering in my bachelor’s degree. I continued on to complete a master’s degree at the Beijing Institute of Technology. I was then given the opportunity to study another master’s degree at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and was granted the Dr Chow Chau Wing Scholarship. I graduated in 2017.
What does your employer do?
IRESS is the global market leader in financial markets and wealth management software.
How did you get to your current job position? For how long have you had it?
I discovered IRESS at a UTS careers fair where I applied for the graduate program. I completed the assessments and was then offered a job. I commenced at IRESS in August 2017.
What are your areas of responsibility?
I am part of the XPLAN delivery team that develops and offers technical solutions to stockbrokers, financial institutions and research analysts.
Can you describe a typical day?
On a typical day, I work together with our business analysts to understand the business requirements and design test documentation for new features. I also work alongside our software engineers to deliver new features. I am then responsible for testing new features and checking their reliability.
What sort of person succeeds in this role?
I believe people who improve themselves, who constantly improve their craft and who are curious to learn new things will succeed.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
I love that my job involves working with developers and business-minded analysts across IRESS. It allows me to appreciate not only the complexities of IT but also its real application in business. I also enjoy raising issues and identifying defects during testing, as it gives me a sense of satisfaction that I am helping to improve the final product.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
At times we need to rollback new features if the work is high risk and this might cause unexpected errors. To ensure a new feature is working smoothly I need to test for defects on all versions of XPLAN. This is a necessary step, but can take a lot of time.
If you could give your former self three pieces of advice, what would they be?