Creating the pathways for my future

Our last blog about the IBM Startwise Program for Graduates in Australia and New Zealand features Daniel Burton’s experience during his first year with IBM. Today’s blog will feature Natasha Fatakia, Enterprise Client Executive – Government Sector, with IBM Australia.

By Natasha Fatakia.

A manager’s choice award, an iPad, an opportunity to showcase my creativity to executives and also become part of an awesome team all under one year. Isn’t that wonderful? That is what you get when you start your career with IBM.

Natasha Fatakia

I graduated from the University of Sydney with a combined degree of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts. During my degree I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad at Boston University and UCLA.

I work with IBM Digital Business Group as a client executive. In this role, I build and sustain client relationships at a C-suite level. I do this by helping clients achieve a competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving technology space and leveraging digital business tools and government industry knowledge. My time with IBM so far has really given me lots of opportunities to work on some remarkable projects that has led to my growth both personally and professionally. I am excited to share some of these projects.

The first project was sponsored by the IBM Australian /New Zealand CFO and CIO to create a mobile application that can streamline the finance team’s weekly forecasting process. I managed and liaised with various IBMers to develop some of my personal interests and passions as well. I created a working prototype, designed elements of the application (such as layouts, backgrounds and icons) and was involved in the testing of the application. We got to present our mobile application to the CFO and CIO of A/NZ and I received a manager’s choice award from the CIO for my work on the project, which was pretty cool!

In my second project, I worked with the marketing leader to improve social selling practices and usage of digital tools in the digital business group. As a result of my consistent, strong and continuing social media presence I won a competition and got awarded an iPad!

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Natasha receiving a gift after winning a competition

My most recent apprenticeship involved me working in the software renewals team where I managed accounts in the government industry. I worked on solutions to client issues, whilst delicately balancing IBM processes and working through the value proposition to maintain software support and renewal on time.

The amount of opportunities you get in IBM is amazing. Few weeks back, we had industry academy. IBMers all around Australia and New Zealand, gathered at the International Convention Centre, where industry leaders spoke to us about their insights.

Do you see yourself adding value by contributing to projects just like Natasha?  Why not apply for the IBM Startwise program. Applications for IBM’s 2018 Australia/New Zealand Graduate Program are now open. Check out IBM Careers for more information about our Interns and Graduate Programs and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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