Solutions Architect, Westpac New Zealand Limited
Graduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences student
Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Business Information Systems
She is fascinated by how technology can be used by businesses to improve systems, processes and the way people work and live, says Arti Anjana Singh who completed a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Business Information Systems, and now works as a solutions architect at Westpac New Zealand Limited.
“I work with our solution development and delivery teams on how technology can solve problems by identifying, guiding and designing the implementation of frameworks, platforms and the tech stack. Technology changes so rapidly, and a big part of my role focuses on how technology solutions grow and can adapt to be fit for a changing future. I also consider how they are maintained, how to minimise risk exposure for the company, including cyber security, and ensuring strategic alignment to the business.”
She is proud of what she has achieved in her career so far.
“I’m currently living my proudest moment working in the solution architecture space, which can still be deemed gender-biased in many organisations. The hunger to learn and deliver value, and my ability to adapt to changes has led me to reach this stage of my career. I’ve pushed myself into challenging situations, which has shaped me in my career and helped to develop my confidence. It makes me proud of what I’ve achieved so far, especially working alongside professionals who I consider very knowledgeable and experienced in the industry.”
Support and opportunities
Her time at university was full of highlights, says Arti who completed a Bachelor of Business at AUT in 2015 and is currently studying part-time for a Graduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences.
“The magical moments during my business degree include the friends I made, the supportive nature of the lecturers and the opportunity to participate in the AUT Accounting Association.”
Being trusted by the students and lecturers to be part of the AUT Accounting Association executive team was a highlight for Arti.
“Being chosen to join the student executive really boosted my self-confidence, especially because I came to AUT from abroad after growing up in Fiji. This experience helped me develop my communication, leadership and presentation skills through the various activities run by the team. It also gave me the chance to meet individuals from the industry and gain a better perspective of what to expect.”
Advice for other students
Arti has some great advice for other students.
“While we study towards our chosen programme, the courses are structured in a manner that teaches us many soft skills like formal presentation, communication skills, research techniques, critical thinking and analysis, and constructive arguments. These skills are valuable when you’re starting your career as you’ll carry these skills to solve many problems, tackle challenges and exceed in what you’ve set out to do in your career.”
Her other piece of advice is to make the most of your time at university.
“Seize the opportunities while you can, and take time out for the events organised, tutorials, and assignments to groom yourself for your future career.”
*The Business Information Systems major is now called Information Systems.