Junior Business Analyst, St John
Bachelor of Business in Information Systems and Business Management
Being able to work on practical tasks and real-life assignments was the highlight of her studies, says Darshni Moodley who completed a Bachelor of Business in Information Systems and Business Management.
“AUT has succeeded in finding the right balance between theoretical work and practical assignments that enable students to draw on the skills developed during their time at university and apply them to the real world.
“As information system students, we were able to get hands-on experience with a vast range of applications and software currently used in many corporate organisations. Some of these tasks included developing and coding an interactive quiz application and a fully functioning membership database system for a client to handle their everyday admin and manage both staff and customers.”
The workplace experience in the final year of her degree is what stood out the most to her, Darshni says.
“I really enjoyed this aspect of my degree as it allowed us to go out and explore what job opportunities are available to us students. It forced us to really start narrowing down which career pathway we were most interested in and where we saw ourselves in the future. I was able to complete my workplace experience at St John and was offered a full-time position at the organisation after the completion of my Co-operative Education course.”
Supporting New Zealand’s ambulance services
As a junior business analyst for St John, Darshni loves contributing towards the way ambulance services are operating throughout New Zealand.
“Although my work is not directly with our patients, I’m working in the backend to make sure the tools and applications used to see a patient run smoothly and patients are accessed as best possible when an emergency has been reported.
“I get to work closely with project managers, change managers and senior analysts, with my work spanning across a variety of projects and initiatives covering digital and infrastructure, property and the ambulance services throughout New Zealand. I’m responsible for meeting with stakeholders across the organisation to accurately elicit and define functional requirements, map out customer journeys and create solutions that align with the company objectives and keep the users’ best interest at heart.”
Since joining St John in mid-2019, Darshni has had a number of achievements she is particularly proud of.
“I was lucky enough to be sent on training courses where I achieved my PRINCE 2 Project Management certification; making me the youngest in my team to have accomplished this qualification. I’ve also received my International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Business Systems training and certification. I’m really proud to have achieved these internationally recognised qualifications as they will help me stand out in future job endeavours.”
Advice for other students
Make the most of your time at university, Darshni advises other students.
“My advice would be to get out there and explore everything the university has to offer. You don’t want to look back and wish you’d joined that club or taken that course when it’s too late. At AUT, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a bunch of really amazing students, so be open to new experiences and master your time managing abilities because you’ll definitely need it.”
The people she met throughout her time at AUT were one of the highlights of Darshni’s studies.
“Personally, I think that the family like environment at AUT is what draws most people in, as well as the support you receive from lecturers and other students who all want to see you succeed. It’s an amazing place to learn and build relationships. Some of the highlights from my time at AUT include getting to meet some amazing students who are constantly supportive of you from the beginning, not just at AUT but outside of classes too.”