- Student type: International
- Degree type: Masters
- Year commenced: 2019
- Degree(s): Master of Information Technology
Hi, I’m Paldeep. I initially chose Monash University because of the flexibility it offers in its double degree programs. However, after completing one in Science and Arts, I wanted to build specific technical skills – which is why I then enrolled in the Master of Information Technology.
Before starting, I already had a decent amount of experience with computer hardware from building my own PC on numerous occasions. But I had no knowledge of programming whatsoever.
I found the foundational units in the first semester to be exceptional. They do a really good job of getting you up to speed quickly and the assignments were very interesting because they were based on practical scenarios that you could encounter in industry.
In the second and third semesters, there’s a great deal of flexibility in which units you can take. I highly recommend choosing ones that relate to areas you’re interested in as this will help you graduate with a cohesive set of skills. I focused on software development and data processing/management.
Monash provides a plethora of opportunities for you to get involved, meet people and gain valuable skills outside of your classes. However, taking full advantage of them requires a lot of initiative. You have to be willing to put yourself out there, try new things, meet new people and find ways you can put what you’re learning to use in the real world.
In my time at the university, I’ve volunteered as a Resident Adviser on campus, an event coordinator for the Monash Overseas and Exchange Club and a web developer for the Covid-19-AU project.
I’ve also been a facilitator for Monash’s conversational English programs that help international students settle in Australia, and a research assistant in a neuroscience lab.