Chengqing L.

Staff Engineer
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About me

Chengqing L.
Computer Science
Autonomous Robotics Engineering ( CS&EE joint course )
Taught Postgraduate

My employment

Staff Engineer
Digital and IT services
Large business (250+ employees)

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Mature student

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A day in the life of a Staff Engineer in China

IT industries are full of challenge and competitors. The knowledge, practice and technology are updated very fast. The work is quite tough. You must keep learning, making progress and working hard.

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

A top AI and search engine company in China. It runs the technology and business on mobile ecosystem (a group mobile apps and services, more related with knowledge and its distribution) , cloud (AI & cloud computing, personal cloud, smart transportation...) , and autonomous driving & others (AI chat OS and bots, video, Biology computing...). Before this job experience, I also got some experience in state-owned companies and some other big companies or organizations in ICT area (Information and Communication)

What do you do?

User experience evaluation; optimisation on mobile apps (performance and reliability), VOD and live streaming application, Video AI platform, Cloud computing, Work platform (IM, cloud video meeting, work collaboration stream apps, knowledge management...)

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

Consistent curiosity on the science & technology and their applications. The power of Internet, AI and cloud computing and their applications in every industry.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

Yeah. It is different, but some kind related with. They are both in the IT technologies and can use the technology on Internet, AI and cloud computing.

Describe your most memorable day at work

Won the award called 'client first' because of the work I done to help the users get better experience.

Are there any challenges associated with your job?

IT industries are full of challenge and competitors. The knowledge, practice and technology are updated very fast. The work is quite tough. You must keep learning, making progress and working hard. You should have a strong body and mind.

What’s your work environment and culture like?

It is quite modern, comfortable and wonderful with the best and large working environment (Modern design building, Full and free working facilities, Free food and super large restaurant with free breakfast and dinner). The culture is just like in the campus which is called simple & reliable. We call each other's name directly and treat each other as the campus mate. We encourage everyone can be self driving in work and take the dream using technology to make the complex world simple.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

Travel in UK and Europe. Talking with, participating in the event with, and making friend with the students from UK and other countries. If you got the opportunity to stay in some UK family for several days, that is perfect.

What would you like to do next with your career?

To run some small business of my own. Before this, there are still some things I need to learn, practice and experience.

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

To think and make sure who you are, what is your favorite, what is your advantage and what is your shortage. Try to do some SWOT analysis and career personality analysis. I think it is good to find a job in a big platform. To make sure you can really learn useful things no matter how hard or how low level it is, and to keep working for at least 3 years in one place before you consider the change or upgrade.

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?

Everything they like to chat or discuss, especially for those who go to UK from China and those who plan to China from other countries.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

If we can support the chat and questions on some IM (instant messaging) apps, the mentor work will be better and more useful.

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