Technical Business Analyst (Operational Risk), Westpac New Zealand
Master of IT Project Management
Furthering her understanding of project management skills was the obvious next step in her career, says Pallavi Roy who came to AUT as an international student from India to study a Master of IT Project Management.
“Before I came to AUT, I was a business professional working in the software industry. I had always been passionate about understanding business acumen and establishing meaningful relationships with stakeholders. I could see that the Master of IT Project Management would enable me to learn modern project management techniques related to IT projects.
“The syllabus of AUT’s Master of IT Project Management is designed very smartly. Because it’s a one-year programme that includes a research project, it will help you deep dive into project management frameworks to accommodate current market trend for IT professionals. I learned a lot about industry-leading technologies through my studies.”
Graduation day was a very special day for Pallavi and her family.
“Graduating from AUT with a master’s degree was a very proud moment for my family and me as I was the first family member to graduate with an international qualification.”
The right choice
Pallavi says she would highly recommend studying at AUT.
“AUT is a university that provides a high standard of education and research programmes, and equips students with the skills for a successful career. I also appreciated the support available at AUT. Even during the unpredictable times due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, AUT offered assistance to help students continue their education without any obstacles. The virtual classes ran smoothly and the lecturers were very supportive.”
As someone who is passionate about the environment, Pallavi also enjoyed being part of the sustainability team while she was studying at AUT.
“We were working on projects that aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and I enjoyed connecting with people who share a common goal of creating a better world for all. I participated in projects related to minimising waste, saving water, and promoting health and wellbeing. I was very proud when I received a bronze award for participating in the Green Impact Programme, AUT's sustainability change and engagement programme.”
A rewarding new career
After completing her master’s degree at the end of 2020, Pallavi joined Accenture NZ as a senior business analyst specialising in cloud migration and implementation. Later, she moved to Westpac New Zealand as a technical business analyst for operational risk initiatives.
“In this role, I’m responsible for handling the technical business requirements from key stakeholders throughout the project development life cycle, and for translating business requirements into technical requirements. To deliver projects, I frequently draw on the agile-scrum methodology and the advanced project management tools I became familiar with throughout my studies at AUT.”
She enjoys applying her knowledge to help clients find the right business solution.
“Accenture and Westpac have provided me with opportunities to provide critical business solutions for leading companies in New Zealand. I enjoy working in such a fast-paced environment, and have access to some great learning and development opportunities here.”