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Shreshtha Jolly

Shreshtha JollyTechnical Analyst, HCL Technologies

MSc Computer Network Management, 2012

What made you choose Middlesex University?

When you hear the name "Middlesex" you think of quality, diversity and reputation. I really like the fact the University offers its students access to world-class facilities and excellent faculties. Its London location also helped tilt the scale in its favour. All of these factors made Middlesex the obvious choice for me.

What course did you study?

I studied an MSc in Computer Network Management in 2011/2012 .

What attracted you to your course and made you apply? 

I knew the subjects areas that coincided with my main interests so I just had to find a suitable course. The content of the MSc Computer Network Management course was perfectly aligned with my interests. I loved the fact that the degree not only taught me about key computer networking concepts but also helped me to understand the managerial aspects of networks in detail.

When I was shortlisting universities I was constantly in touch with alumni from various institutions through LinkedIn and Facebook. The feedback I got from Middlesex alumni who had studied the course was very positive and convinced me to apply to the University.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

The course was planned in such a way that it promoted engagement from the students. Throughout the whole course, I was excited to be attending the University as both my tutors and the way the course was designed made learning fun. I particularly loved the brainstorming sessions with fellow students and course tutors on various academic topics.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

I loved my time at Middlesex. My fellow students came from diverse backgrounds and I just loved learning more about different cultures from them. The Costa café in the Quad is something that I miss the most as we had fun discussions over hot cups of coffee there. These sessions are very memorable.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

If you are looking for quality education in a setting offering state-of-the-art facilities, then Middlesex is the place to be. My faculty and the support staff worked tirelessly to make each and every student achieve their best. I think this is what defines Middlesex University's unrivalled excellence.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

My course enabled me to acquire key computer networking skills and to better understand both the technical intricacies and the managerial aspects required for a career in this area. Thanks to the diverse set of skills I developed, it became easier for me to understand the way the Information Technology industry functions. As a result, finding suitable employment also became easier.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

I have always been excited by technology so a career in the Information Technology field was an obvious choice.

The industry is dynamic, constantly evolving and calls for you to be very on the ball, proactive and ready to face the challenges. I love the fact the nature of the work means it is not monotonous and that the industry promotes the concept of "ownership", where employees are expected to contribute.

The downside is that the job is sometimes hectic and you don't have enough time to see family and friends. The industry is quite demanding so it is important to try and strike a balance between work and family in order to achieve the best professionally and personally.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

After I completed my degree I returned back to my home country, India. Within a few days I was working for a firm as a Network Engineer and had begun my professional journey. This was proof that the time I had spent at Middlesex University had been valuable and that my hard work had started to pay rich dividends.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

Following completion of my degree, I worked as a Network Engineer for a while but recently I have joined HCL as a Technical Analyst. This new position is a step up the career ladder for me and has led to an increase in the scope of my responsibilities. To date, this has been the highlight of my professional life.

What does the future hold for you?

My time at Middlesex University helped me to grow as an individual. The academic skills and the life skills I acquired are invaluable. These equipped me well and as a result, my future is bright. I am looking forward to what life has in store for me!

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

You need to be honest and persistent in order to achieve your career goals. Make sure you are dedicated to your studies and try to achieve the best results you can. Everything else will then fall into place. Don't simply study to become successful, but study hard because you want to learn and success will eventually follow.

What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Be a bit more focussed and dedicated in what you do!

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