Mihaela Antochi - I am really interested in travelling with work and this organization could be a vehicle to allow me to do this

Mihaela Antochi has been Junior IT Consultant at Phi Partners, for 3 months. She studied at University of Bucharest, Mathematics and Computer Science and now, she is really pleased with the knowledge she accumulated from the trainings we offered. She feels that she can apply the skills she has acquired during college and at the same time develop new ones within a professional and diverse environment. She enjoys the fact that the integration process was smooth, as she was properly introduced to the specifics of her role. Benefits? Fresh fruits almost daily/every day, good coffee, gym membership and private health insurance.

Find out more what means Phi Partners for Mihaela Antochi, how she describes her experience in this company and what benefits have our employees.

                                

How did you find out about the opportunity at Phi Partners?
I applied to a post on a recruitment job board for another role and subsequently had an interview with the agency. The role I had originally applied for was focused on one single technology area whereas Phi Partners role had a much deeper technical basis and seemed more interesting. My University experience had been quite diverse I had noticed that many roles were quite specific in terms of technology areas. Given that Phi Partners areas of experience needed to be much broader I felt that I would have the opportunity to learn more diverse areas of technology.

What drew you to the position at Phi Partners and what did you find interesting about it?
You don't settle on a particular area of technology but get to work with many areas. It allows me to be more flexible in my experience and gives me more variety and more interest.

How does this compare with the other role that you were considering at the same time?
The other role was offering one single area of technology and I was really keen on having exposure to a variety of technologies to keep things interesting.

Tell me about your first month at Phi Partners?
The first month involved a lot of intensive training, not just technology related but what I found particularly interesting is learning about the banking and finance world. Until the training I didn't have much knowledge about banking and finance and how money moves around the world. It has expanded my knowledge of the economic markets and how it fits into the overall global economic picture.
 
How are you finding the team here at Phi Partners?
I have been welcomed into Phi Partners very warmly. If I have an issue or problem I can't solve myself, the team is very open to offer advice and solutions and have been very helpful and supportive to my needs. It has genuinely helped with my initial development.

What kind of opportunities do you think are available here, what is your vision for the next one or two years?
I am quite ambitious and although it is very early in my career here I would like to be able to solve problems within my own projects on my own and without assistance from other people. I feel I am getting all the training and mentoring I need in order to be successful. I have had friends who have left university and joined companies and they are left alone to do the work without proper training. There appears to be a culture of help and assistance from all my colleagues which is a better way of learning at a new company than just been given a large book and being asked to learn from that.

What motivates you to come in every day?
I have really enjoyed learning about banking and finance and I feel there's a lot of very experienced people at Phi Partners who will give me the ability to learn and to expand my knowledge and continue to grow as an individual and to be part of an organization that is growing.

So what would you say to potential candidates that may be deciding on their future when leaving university?
The more I hear about financial markets the more interesting I am in learning what Phi Partners are doing. I think there are some great opportunities to go and work from a customer site overseas.  I feel I could see a little more of the world and understand how business is conducted in other countries. I am really interested in travelling with work and this organization could be a vehicle to allow me to do this.


About Phi Partners
Phi Partners is an internationally renowned specialist consultancy providing a range of technology and consulting services to financial institutions around the world.

The company was founded in 2004 by leading experts in Summit - the Misys Capital Markets Primary Trading System - and our business has now established a reputation as the leading provider of Summit consulting services to the investment banking community.  We have grown to around 100 members of staff, operating with teams in the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia and – primarily – from our specialist near-shore delivery center in Bucharest where over half our permanent employees are based.

Our core values of Excellence, Knowledge, Teamwork, Innovation, and Respect set the standards by which we measure ourselves and frame the way we work with each other and with our clients.

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