Shruti Sureshrao Kulkarni is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Information Systems graduate degree at Marist. She is in the Information Systems Management track and is also taking coursework for an advanced certificate in Business Analytics.
Please tell us about your previous education including major, degree, and college/university attended.
I have completed a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from K.J.Somaiya college of engineering Mumbai, India. My diploma is in software testing with international certification (ISTQB).
Tell us about your professional history before coming to Marist.
Before joining Marist. I worked as a manual software tester for a multi-national corporation named Verixo Technologies for about 13 months. After that, I worked for Continuum Managed Solutions for a little over a year as a software tester. During my time as a graduate student at Marist, I have worked as Research Interviewer at the Marist Poll, conducting interviews for measuring public opinion at the local, state, and national level on topics including politics, money, family, entertainment, spirituality, and more. This employment experience has allowed me to incorporate political science, computing, communications, marketing, and psychology into an integrative learning experience.
What are your short and longer term career goals?
My short term goal is to work as a Data Analyst, where I can use the skills that I am developing as I am learning advanced concepts of information systems. Having already worked at software firms for two years at the application level, I now want to work as a business analyst while managing the software development lifecycle for multiple projects. My long-term career goals include working as Big Data Scientist for a multinational firm.
Why did you choose to pursue your graduate degree at Marist?
Marist is my chance to learn about the subjects that I love. Information Systems graduates move into positions of responsibility and leadership in corporations, small businesses, and government organizations. Modern enterprises depend on Information Systems specialists, valuing their ability to design innovative and effective computing solutions to meet complex organization objectives.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development or course of study?
There are many subjects that have helped me understand the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst but the two subjects that I found really interesting are Data Mining and Decision Support Systems. Since we all know and have at least heard of what is data mining, it is really a lot different from the textual definitions. The course here is practical oriented. I am having assignments on real life situations where there is raw data which needs to be extracted, transformed and then is loaded to apply the mining algorithms on it to gain useful information out of it. After learning how to utilize it on real life examples, now I can relate it to many current scenarios and help colleagues who are struggling in their startup businesses to give them insights which help them boost their business. I have been working on algorithms like K-means and decision trees and build models that actually gives me a graphical representation of patterns which are useful for solving business problems.
Decision Support Systems, on the other hand, is any system that will help us make a critical decision by taking all the possibilities in consideration. I have been developing models based on the different types of information available. At times, we do not have all the information we need for making a decision but we still need to predict a few things before making a decision. This tells a lot about the real life situations that a business/data analyst needs to handle. Both of these subjects are really helpful and the practical approach in the course work gives me the upper hand to get confident in tasks that I will need to do in the future at my job.
Tell us about career development opportunities you participated in through Marist.
At Marist, I have found a couple of interesting opportunities being an international graduate student. Starting from orientation leader where I could interact and guide my fellow mates who came in August 2016, I had great support from the Center for Multicultural Affairs (Karen Tomkins-Tinch). I have also attended career fairs at Marist where I saw many well-established firms as well as the start-ups looking for employees. It was a good experience to meet these employers and understand what are their expectations which helped me shape myself so that I am eligible for the interviews and match the expectations of the companies where I look for a job. Marist also has services like resume development and mock interview sessions where they help me prepare for career fairs as well as for all the future job interview events.
What advice would you give to other international students considering a graduate degree at Marist?
My advice to all the students will be just that, once you’re planning for your masters, check the course offerings at Marist and see if they align with your areas of interest. If it does match, Marist has the right faculty, facilities, and curriculum for you for your personal as well as professional growth. Marist can help you fulfill your dreams as it is helping me right now. Rest assured, Marist has got your back once you’re here!
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?
Marist changed my perception about online courses. The courses here are designed so nicely that you get the complete understanding of the subject. There are few things to take care of though. Be sure to follow the schedule and instructions related to grading, assignments, case studies, and projects. Below are the few tips that I feel will always be useful to a student in an online course.
- Regularly check your emails and notifications.
- Actively participate in discussions with professors and teammates.
- Bring in good research along with experience while adding information into assignments or discussion forums.
Please feel free to provide additional comments:
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with everybody. I hope my views give clarity to future MSIS students about Marist.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Information Systems
Academic School: Computer Science and Math
Campus: New York