Ekaterina Artiukhova

Ekaterina Artiukhova

Ekaterina Artiukhova

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Master of Data Science

Growing into your own

My career in Russia had always been IT-related, that’s why I decided to pursue the Master of Data Science – to raise my IT knowledge and experience to a new level and become a more skilled data expert.

Monash University was my top choice because it has great international repute and offers many opportunities for students of all backgrounds.

My experience in the Master of Data Science shifted my career view significantly. I now recognise my potential as a leader and creator – and my biggest goal today is to create my own IT company.

Crash course

When I began the Master of Data Science in 2018, it had been ten years since I had graduated from my bachelor's degree. I needed to refresh many of the technical concepts, and with the added strain of the language barrier, I found my first semester more challenging than expected.

I was the first Data Science student to enrol in Monash’s Urban Planning unit. Coming from a big city like Moscow, I appreciate how much effort it takes to make a single citizen’s life comfortable. That is why doing something practical, data-driven and IT-related in this domain excites me a lot.

The final industry experience capstone unit was a fantastic opportunity where I learned to build an IT product from scratch. The unit is structured in a way where you develop your professional and soft skills while teaching you how to be both an owner and team player.

Expect the unexpected

Launching the Monash Russian club with my Russian peers was the most unexpected yet meaningful thing I did during my course. Initially I had just wanted to support my friend, but after some time, I became the president of the club.

Running it helped me discover how much potential I have as a leader while providing me with enormous amounts of memorable experiences, valuable connections and fascinating discoveries about Russian culture in Australia. Becoming a member of the executive committee truly reveals your leadership skills because the only tool you have to drive others is your enthusiasm.

Further, I had never positioned myself as a Russian. I came to Australia as an IT student. But this club changed my perspective of my role in Australian society.

Support at your service

Monash has enormous support for international students to make their life on campus and in Australia in general as comfortable as it can be. I would highlight the faculty’s mentorship program ‘Women in Technology’ as it aims to build your confidence as a woman in the IT industry, and also Career Connect for practical career advice.

Pearls of wisdom for future students

Don't limit yourself to just studying. Go out there and meet people. The most valuable thing you can develop during university is your network. Use any opportunity to acquire new connections. You never know where it could lead you!