Mridula Manderwad

Mridula Manderwad

4th-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering

She has always been intrigued by the evolution of technology, says Mridula Manderwad who is completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering, with a minor in Computational Intelligence.

“Back in high school I remember always selecting digital technology as my elective subject and that put me on a path where I never stopped learning.

“In software engineering there’s no limit to what you can learn; there are so many resources and innovative ideas that teach you a lot about how the world of technology works. Once you learn those fundamentals it’s even more exciting to know that one day you can contribute to projects that make a difference and that give back to the community.”

With only one more semester of her studies ahead of her, Mridula is already looking forward to applying her skills to contribute to different software engineering projects.

“Once I graduate from AUT at the end of the year, I’ll be moving to Sydney, Australia, as I have secured a graduate role at a technology consulting firm.”

Real-life experiences
She would highly recommend AUT’s software engineering programme to other students, Mridula says.

“The experience and knowledge you come out with is so valuable when it comes to the technology industry. It has given me the practical experience of working on projects, and an understanding of the importance of being adaptable to changes. There are so many changes and challenges real-world projects can present, and AUT’s software courses really give you hands-on experience of how to handle those changes and how real clients would interact.”

Her final-year project, in collaboration with an industry organisation and a few of her classmates, has been a highlight of her studies.

“My team and I are working with an industry organisation to create a simulation of passenger flow in an airport terminal, accommodating the new restrictions of a COVID-19 world. We’re trying to find the most efficient solution for all stages of the process, from checking in to the boarding gate. The highlight of this project has been learning about how the industry works, and being able to put my theoretical knowledge of agile scrum frameworks into action and working with my team to present a solution.”

Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her degree, Mridula has some great advice for other students.

“A piece of advice from one of my professors has stuck with me throughout my whole time at university: ‘Don’t call it a group; you’re a team’. This piece of advice really taught me a lot and enabled me to have the best circle of friends, which has amplified my positive experience at AUT. As a team, we learned so much together, and went through the rollercoaster of deadlines, exams and results.

“I also think it’s important to have an open mind when doing any project, and not do the project just for a good grade. If you understand why you’re doing a project or the assignments you’re given, you’ll immediately get a better understanding of the solution you need to present, learn a lot more and have a lot more fun.”

She would also recommend making the most of the services provided by AUT’s Employability team.

“I learned so many valuable lessons from attending workshops at the AUT Employability Lab, from CV workshops to mock interview workshops. These events helped me build my confidence and have faith in myself. One of the biggest support systems for me was the AUT Talent Hub, which helps students look for internships and graduate roles. Not only do they make sure you’re fit for the role you’re applying for, but also they make sure that the company is a good fit for who you are as a person.”

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