4th-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering
She has always been fascinated by technology, says Ehsaas Grover who is currently in the final year of her Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering and has already secured a graduate position at a technology consulting firm when she graduates at the end of the year.
“I've always had a curiosity towards the development of technology, and coding was definitely something that interested me early on. That’s why I decided to study software engineering – there are so many learning opportunities in this field. Technology is also continuously emerging, offering a wonderful chance to encourage innovative thinking.”
Ehsaas says she would highly recommend studying software engineering to other students.
“A software engineering degree offers many learning experiences and challenges that help build skills in different areas of software development but also teamwork, collaboration, management, report writing and public speaking. With this skillset I feel well-equipped for a career in software development.
“One of the highlights for me has been my final-year project where my team and I are working with an industry organisation to create a simulation of passenger flow inside an airport terminal. Our simulation needs to accommodate all stages of the process, from queueing for check-in to the security screening all the way through to the boarding gates. We’re following an agile scrum framework, and I’ve enjoyed collaborating with the other team members and working together to create a rewarding product.”
AUT’s reputation as a student-focused university is what first inspired Ehsaas to transfer to AUT in the second year of her engineering degree.
“I chose to transfer to AUT because the university is very well known for the personal attention provided to students. AUT also focuses on teaching through practical as well as theoretical methods. I feel I learn quite well when I’m able to apply theory. Transferring to AUT in my second year was definitely challenging, however AUT provided me with a very smooth transition into the university. The friendly environment at AUT enabled me to make friends in my first few weeks.”
The people she met have been one of the highlights of her time at AUT, Ehsaas says.
“The most enjoyable part of my university experience would be getting to know people in my faculty and becoming good friends with them. Being able to have banter as well as share assignment and study struggles with friends who study with me has definitely been a highlight.”
Advice for other students
Expecting to graduate at the end of the year, Ehsaas has some great advice for other students.
“I’d like to encourage other students who are interested in studying software engineering to carry an eagerness to learn, and accept challenges as learning opportunities that will allow for growth and skillset development.”
Don’t forget to enjoy your time at university, she adds.
“My other piece of advice is to make the most of your university life. Have fun!”