Hamish Scarborough, Customer Implementation Lead at First AML
Hamish provides great insight into how problem solving skills and a growth mindset are core to anyone wanting to work in tech. Hamish is yet another example of the direct impact your ideas and contributions have on shaping early-stage growth companies, regardless of your seniority. Enjoy.
Firstly, how would you explain to your Grandma what you do?
I help make a government legislation easier for Finance, Real Estate, Law, and Accounting Firms.
“I think most kids grow up wanting to be a sports person. My dream was being an All White. ”
Was working in tech something you dreamed about doing as a kid?
I think most kids grow up wanting to be a sports person. My dream was being an All White.
If you went to University, what did you study and why?
I studied business at AUT. I majored in both Economics and Finance. I chose these because I knew I wanted to go into something business-related and wanted a very broad base so that I could pick up nearly anything.
Tell us a little bit more about your journey into working at First AML?
I was quite lucky in that I found it advertised on Seek. I really liked the sound of working for a startup and when I found out I was going to be their first hire it made me want it even more.
I emailed one of the Directors (Chris) that interviewed me at least once a day after my interview showing interest in the company. I think that really helped my chances against other candidates that I actually showed a genuine interest in what they were trying to build.
Can you share some more insight into what that transition from University was like?
I had a part-time job at an accounting firm during university and I actually started full-time with First AML in my last semester. I did a few night and lunch-time classes which was really good of them to let me do. The transition from university to First AML was quite seamless to me. I really enjoy solving problems rather than sitting in lecture halls.
What is it specifically that you like about working in tech?
A common theme here is solving problems. Being able to build something that helps people no matter how big or small makes me feel that I have made someone's work or life just that little bit easier or less frustrating.
“Everyone at First AML has a voice and everyone's opinions are considered and acted upon to help the company grow and achieve great things.”
What gets you excited about First AML?
Coming to work everyday. Being able to solve problems on the fly and make changes to business operations is something that really makes me feel valued at First AML.
Everyone at First AML has a voice and everyone's opinions are considered and acted upon to help the company grow and achieve great things. Being the first employee I have been able to see the company grow, mould to new surroundings, and really take shape.
Lastly, do you have any advice for people considering tech as a career path and how they might get there quicker?
Be interested in whatever role/s you apply for. This can be multiple emails before or after your interview. At a minimum, I would recommend that you google the company and what they are doing so you have some understanding, this actually goes quite a long way.
Technical skills can always be learnt and refined but for employers I would say it’s more about getting people that are dedicated and are willing to work hard to benefit not only the company but themselves.
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