Jia Ming Ong
Software Engineering Specialist
"Learn as you go along the way. Forge your path and develop yourself to become a leader."
As a Software Engineering Specialist, I’m part of a team that builds apps that help our clients transform their daily operations. Joining Accenture, though, means more than that to me. I started here through the Emerging Technologist Development Program (ETDP).
Just when I was anxious about transitioning from studying to working, one of our lecturers at Nanyang Polytechnic introduced me to the program. I can say it was a life changing moment. I grabbed the opportunity and felt alive again. Having said that, I’m proud to be part of the pioneer ETDP batch.
Through the program, I learned that emerging technology can improve people’s lives in many ways, such as enabling us to complete tasks more efficiently. Through the ETDP, we got access to the latest business or software development practices. Our mentors and tenured colleagues also guided us in solving real-time problems.
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One of the things I appreciate most about working at Accenture is the amount of opportunities given to individuals regardless of experience. We were one of the first teams who adopted the Agile software methodology. We faced some challenges and struggles along the way, but we treaded on as a team. We had to be flexible because unlike the waterfall model where client requirements were confirmed from the start, requirements in Agile may change for every iteration. We also advised our clients on which approach or solution will work better for them. We earn our reward when we make our clients smile.
When I’m faced with challenges, I approach my mentor and explain the challenges I have. My mentor will guide me toward the right direction on where I should start my work.
In my spare time, I play basketball, go fishing or jog. I also enjoy playing mahjong.
"One of the things I appreciate most about working at Accenture is the amount of opportunities given to individuals regardless of experience."
Take the opportunities that come your way. You’ll discover your interests and your passions.