One of the major reasons I found it easy to get into the corporate world was due to the third year internship program that IIT offers its students. During this time, students receive a hands-on experience into the real-life IT industry and students are treated as actual contributors to their respective field. IIT always ensures that students are given a proper experience in their chosen field, and this makes it easy to enter the industry soon after graduation.
Shayan Raju is an enterprising graduate from IIT who is currently employed as an engineer of technology at Virtusa. Following are excerpts of the interview with Shayan who shared his thoughts on his journey towards corporate success;
- Can you give a brief introduction to yourself?
I’m Shayan Raju. I attended Lyceum International School and I joined IIT’s Software Engineering degree program shortly afterwards. Since graduating from IIT last year, I have been working as an Engineer of Technology at Virtusa.
- What made you decide to follow your higher education at IIT?
I was keen on pursuing a career in the IT industry after completing my schooling. There were many university options available for this path, but a number of people already working in the industry highly recommended IIT as most of their students were working in the field in a number of reputable companies.
- We heard you held leadership roles during your student life at school. Tell us a bit about it?
I was an active member of a number of clubs in school and competed in certain sporting events. This helped me build leadership skills and provided me with the necessary discipline and direction. The extra-curricular activities helped me in finding the right balance.
- Can you describe your student life and experience at IIT?
Over my four years at IIT, I made several close friends. There were many events that were organized by the students and faculty. I made friends during my third year internship as well. The internship period helped us in gaining an insight of the real working world. IIT life was always fun and exciting. There was always something new to learn and life was an adventure.
- What are your notable achievements at IIT?
During my final year, I was tasked with writing a research paper based on my final year project to be submitted to an IEEE conference. With the help of my supervisor, my paper was accepted into the conference and I travelled to India to present my research to a panel of IEEE members and had my paper published to the global research library. This was a significant moment in my academic journey as I had the opportunity to present my research to an eminent panel as such.
- Has IIT shaped you for corporate success. If so, how?
One of the major reasons I found it easy to get into the corporate world was due to the third year internship program that IIT offers its students. During this time, students receive a hands-on experience of the real-life IT industry and students are treated as actual contributors to their respective field. IIT always ensures that students are given a proper experience in their chosen field, and this makes it easy to enter the industry soon after graduation.
- What are your reasons to recommend IIT to students from your school?
IIT offers more than just the Software Engineering degree. Students have the opportunity to specialize in areas like Software Engineering, Computer Science, and Business Information Systems. Once your field is chosen, IIT’s curriculum ensures that students learn the most important and current knowledge that they will need in the field.
- What are your fondest moments at IIT?
Some of my fondest moments include the time spent with friends, working together to complete course work and preparing of examinations together. Working with others to organize events was always fun as well.
- Can you describe the support you received from the staff and the faculty of IIT?
The IIT lecturers connect with students very well and make sure that students are aided in any issues they face during their course. Additionally, every other faculty member of other departments communicate personally and effectively with students whenever the need arises.