Emma Gordon

My name is Emma Gordon and I’m a Business Analyst at MasonBreese, currently on a contract at the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

  • What my job involves

    My role involves working on IT projects to translate the business needs into usable requirements. The technical team then translate this into building a solution to meet the business' needs.

  • How I got into this profession

    I have a Business Management degree which I tailored towards business improvement and project management as I realised this was the area I wanted to progress my career in.
    Initially after university I worked as a recruitment consultant for 18 months but after taking 3 months out to travel, I had time to reflect on my position and realign my goals of where I wanted my career to go.
    I began researching potential opportunities within the change management sector but found most positions required previous experience within the industry and project management specific qualifications. I then came across MasonBreese who ran the “MB Change Academy programme”. This was a 2 year course which combined on-site client working with an online classroom-based learning aimed at graduates looking to start a career as a Business Analyst or Project Manager.
  • Qualifications or skills

    MasonBreese ideally look for candidates who hold a degree to join the MB Change Academy, but not always essential for the right candidate. I also held my Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green belt which I had obtained during my degree.
    Since joining MasonBreese, I have obtained the following qualifications: BCS Business Analysis, PRINCE2 & Agile with the opportunity to study further should I wish to.
  • Being a woman in tech

    The majority of the projects I have worked on so far have been IT projects which contain technical developers, designers, and testers, who tend to be male.
    When I started my first project I was anxious that I didn’t have enough technical knowledge to keep up and was worried to speak in meetings in fear of saying something wrong. However, after the first month I soon realised everyone is in the same boat and no question is ever a silly question. Since then my confidence has grown massively and I am now using every opportunity I can to learn more, especially from the people around me who have years of experience.
    In my current role I'm part of a Programme Management Office team with the majority being female and I am proud to be a part of.
  • What I enjoy most about my job

    My favourite part about working on projects is that no two days are the same. As a project moves through the project life cycle, watching the idea develop into a final product and handing it back to the business is so rewarding.