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RMIT University

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Shrish Balasubramanian

I'm also doing part-time work as a casual in RMIT University as well as another tech-based firm.

What did you study at undergraduate and postgraduate level and when did you graduate? What are you studying now (if applicable)? Are you studying and working at the same time?

I studied my bachelor's degree in Computer Science in India and am currently pursuing a Masters in IT at RMIT University. I'm also doing part-time work as a casual in RMIT University as well as another tech-based firm.

Please list the most important stages of your life (school, education, experience abroad, jobs etc.)

My bachelor's degree was important as it taught me a lot of soft skills as well as laid the base foundation for my technical skills. I worked for 2 years after my bachelors as a frontend developer and that was helpful in honing my professional skills. I decided to pursue my masters abroad at RMIT University and global exposure has benefited me a lot.

How did you get to your current (or most recent) job position and for how long have you occupied it (if applicable)?

Currently working as a part-time in RMIT University IT Operations team. Got the job through RMIT job on-campus website.

What made you decide to progress with further study?

In order to further expand my technical and professional skills, career growth and gain new life exposure I decided to pursue further study. Also since Melbourne has students from various countries coming to study here I felt I can interact with different cultures and improve my cultural intelligence as well.

How did you choose your particular further study course (compared to others)? / Were you weighing up any alternative degrees or career pathways before choosing this qualification?

I chose masters in IT as I already have a bachelors in Computer Science and also had 2+ years of experience in the field. So it was a logical progression to proceed towards masters in IT, so I didn't think of any other alternate career degrees before choosing this qualification.

What was the process to get accepted into your course? What were the prerequisites?

I had to fill up the course enrolment application in RMIT Website and had to fill up all the details and provide all the required identification and educational documents. After that, I also had to give an English test(IELTS) as I'm a non-native speaker. The offer took a couple of weeks to come and after that I accepted it.

What does your study involve? Can you describe a typical day? (if it’s difficult to describe a typical day, tell us about the last thing you worked on?)

My study has flexible timetabling, so I choose all my classes to be in the evening so that I can do part-time work in the morning hours. My day involves attending the lecture followed by tute labs. If I have an assignment coming up I spend rest of the day towards working on it. If there's a test or exam, I focus on that.

Will this course be beneficial in your career? Where could you or others in your position go from here? Please explain your answer.

I definitely think that this course will be beneficial. I got to learn new subjects and got lots of exposure due to the various career events that took place in the university and got to meet a lot of technology professionals in the industry. I can get into the IT Industry based on my skillset and further my career.

What do you love the most about your course?

  1. Faculty, tutors and the lab's infrastructure.
  2. A lot of access to outside material like all IEEE research papers, Lynda free access and Microsoft student access for 2 years.
  3. Flexible timetable and a lot of classes to choose from.
  4. No hurdles on getting individual pass percentage in each assessment reduce the stress

What are the limitations of your course?

  1. Some subjects can be repetitive for people with a previous background in IT.
  2. Need more clearly defined pathways.
  3. Need more industry-based faculty.
  4. Some tie-ups with industry for summer internships, a part-time job would be very helpful for the students.
  5. Tougher assignments for some of the subjects.

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current undergraduate student? They don’t necessarily have to be related to your studies, or even to one’s professional life.

  1. Focus on planning your career pathway based on your interests and work towards it daily.
  2. Speak to lots of people and maintain contacts and relations with them, you never know when someone may be of help to you.
  3. Take part in all university-based social and technical events.