Anna, a software developer and co-head of a Morgan Stanley women's tech group, believes in welcoming more females into the field. She earned a degree in computer science from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.
What's your job at Morgan Stanley?
I develop software for fixed-income traders in the credit and municipal space. I work on the back-end to improve functionality, so I rarely touch user experience stuff. We work on voice applications that keep electronic records of the trades that traders discuss with customers. Last June, I helped develop software for the traders on our Asia desk who work with credit instruments. We also make updates for new regulatory requirements or when a new market comes into the game.
Would you say tech is a good career choice?
Tech is a good career for everyone. It's a space where you can grow. There's a lot of demand in the job market. It's an area where you can stay until you retire.
It's inclusive; it doesn't have a gender, religion or race. It doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from. I do a lot of work to get women into the industry.
I’m a part of an organization at the firm called Women in Technology, which tries to get more women into the profession by spreading awareness of all the opportunities through internal and external events. I joined the program six years ago. We focus our efforts on recruiting women at universities, and we also present at high schools. We try to build retention, so women can network and feel comfortable approaching others for advice.
What kinds of jobs are available in the tech industry?
There are so many! It's extremely creative. You need different skills to be a developer or a business analyst. There's a unique skill set for everything. There are plenty of roles depending on your interest.
What's your day-to-day life like?
It's a constant learning process. On the tech side, it's demanding. When you write software where performance matters, something new always comes up. You have to understand both the big picture and the micro level.
Growing up, did you always know this was the right field for you?
When I was in the ninth grade, a great teacher changed my life. I originally wanted to be a doctor, but I took his advanced math class and just really enjoyed it. He taught me that math could be interesting and beautiful.
Why did you choose to stay at Morgan Stanley?
The mobility is amazing. When I came to the firm I started as a back-end developer in tech asset inventory, but after three years I became a business analyst. I was able to move forward and find something completely new. I was encouraged by how people looked out for me and valued me. They would say, “we have a role you might be interested in. Would you like to discuss it?”
What do you like most about your job?
Problem-solving, all the time. I love it. You think you know a system, but then it turns out that it's integrated with another system and becomes extremely complicated. It's always challenging. If there's something I can't get through, I can ask someone for advice. I work with great people.