A Q&A with Shakeel Khan, Technical Consultant, Auckland
15th July 2021
Author Shakheel Khan
Name: Shakeel Khan
Role: Technical Consultant, Auckland
When joined Davanti: November 2021 (first as an intern)
Where/what did you study?
I did a Masters in Info Tech at the University of Auckland.
Why did you want to join Davanti’s graduate programme?
The awesome vibe I got from talking to some of Davanti’s employees.
Tell us about your experience as a Davanti grad. How’s your experience been so far?
It’s been fun, and enlightening. There is a diverse range of situations you find yourself in as a consultant and it’s fun navigating them and trying your best to succeed in whatever situation you find yourself in.
Biggest learning to date?
Probably what Salesforce is. If you don’t know what it is, read about it. This role is all about Salesforce.
Most fun project or experience?
Having to read like… 30 flows and decipher what they mean because the first time around no one wrote any descriptions down!
Best part of your role?
The people and the challenges we face together.
Can you describe a *typical* day in the life of a Davanti grad – from your experience (in less than 100 words?!)?
I head to the client office, find a computer, log in and go through my Azure DevOps board. Refresh my memory for the daily stand up. Then crunch away at finishing my tickets, asking for help when I’m stuck – and take the occasional coffee break.
In no more than 10 words, how would you describe your Davanti grad experience?
Trailhead, fun, Trailhead, informative, Trailhead, supportive, and… did I mention Trailhead?
Knowing what you know now, if you could travel back in time and talk to your pre-grad self before you applied to Davanti’s graduate programme/joined Davanti as a grad, what advice or tips would you give yourself?
Understand what Salesforce is. Also think about what you enjoy doing, and then try to see if Salesforce has something in that domain. Salesforce has a lot of capability and if you are in a technical role, you’re going to spend most of your time working on it. So if you know what you enjoy working on beforehand, you can avoid having to do the more boring tasks (boring from your perspective, of course!).
What other tips, advice or insights would you give to grads looking to join Davanti through its upcoming graduate programme intake?
Don’t be shy to talk to people. In the typical IT/software company it’s common to find a lot of quiet and reserved people. At Davanti because it’s a consulting company, everyone’s quite talkative. So don’t be shy and always feel free to ask for others’ perspectives.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
Play with my cats, do a bit of gaming, hiking when the weather’s good.