Raksha Hegde

Raksha Hegde

Master of IT Project Management student

Studying a master’s degree in her area of expertise had long been her desire, says Raksha Hegde who is currently completing a Master of IT Project Management at AUT.

“When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in computer science, I wanted to pursue a master’s degree. But, with a job offer in hand to work for one of the biggest companies in India, I chose to take that path and parked the plan to study.”

However, when Raksha migrated from India to New Zealand, the possibility of further study was soon back on the cards.

“I managed to find a great job in New Zealand, and progressed from a developer to a development team lead role. I wanted to back my role with a degree, and that was the driving factor for me to enrol in AUT’s Master of IT Project Management.”

Relevant and supportive
It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted.

“This programme is ideal for people who have been in the IT sector for some time and want to progress towards management roles. I like that the programme isn’t just theoretical but can also be applied practically in my work activities, thereby improving the quality of work.”

The support from the academic staff has been among the highlights of her studies so far, says Raksha who is studying part-time and expects to finish her degree by the end of 2020.

“The support and guidance from the programme leaders and the faculty has been amazing. The fact that there’s easy and quick access to lecturers has been an added advantage. The facilities provided have made studying stress-free, and I feel that AUT provides the right environment for both individual and group study.”

A helping hand
While she admits that returning to study hasn’t always been easy, Raksha says there is help at hand if you need it.

“Returning to studying after a long gap comes with its own set of challenges. Fortunately, the AUT Student Hub has been a useful one-stop-place for all the required information, and the workshops on APA referencing, assignment submissions and many other areas have also been beneficial.”

Her advice for other students is simple – don’t be afraid.

“The only thing that holds us back is fear. So, muster the courage and take the plunge. A master’s degree in your area of experience will add further value to your current profile.”

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