Wye-Ping Lee – CBA
Go Girl Topic: Live Hacking Demonstration
I am a person who likes to plan, and from a very young age, I planned to have a career in banking. I structured my studies to give me a good grounding in finance (maths, economics, English) and focused on getting into the course and university that I had set my sights on. My HSC marks weren’t great, and when I applied to the course that I wanted, I was told that I would have stand a chance of getting in. However, a miracle happened, and I did scrape in and graduated with the degree that I wanted. 18 years later, I am still working in the finance industry (banking) and enjoying it. I have taken on many challenges and different roles around the various banks and this has built upon my skill set.
I have undertaken many roles including – Analyst, Business Development Manager, Product Manager and Account Manager. Each role has brought its own set of challenges, fun and also great teams.
What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
The most awesome thing for me is seeing and being part of the rapid pace of growth and innovation. I love technology and understanding how things work.
As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
No, I always wanted to work in a bank, doing traditional “banky” type jobs. However as my banking career evolved, I found myself gravitating towards the more techy focus customers, and my interest grew. From that, I just fell into a tech career.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
One of the coolest things I have done is joined the bank’s pen testing team. It is a really cool and fun job. It is also hard but I am constantly learning about new technology and see some pretty cool solutions. From a personal level, the coolest thing is my son. My little boy is the best thing that has happen to me.
Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
Diversity brings new ideas and ways of doing things, resulting in better results.
What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
To keep an open mind and be flexible. Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith and try new things.