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Student of the Fortnight - Swaditya Karunakaran
By Aditi Bhat
Blazing a trail on the career graph
Sometimes, when you reach the destination after a long and arduous journey, it takes a while for the sense of accomplishment to sink in.
Swaditya Karunakaran too realized the true depth of her achievement a while after she heard the good news. The moment? When she posed with confidence in front of the camera for a professional photoshoot. Dressed in a business suit, armed with a Post Graduate Diploma in Data Science and all set to take on the professional world with a well-paying job offer from Deloitte, Swaditya successfully turned her passion into profession with Manipal ProLearn. She bagged the highest salary package in the first phase of our campus placement, making her “The Student of the Fortnight”.
So, let’s take a look at the various milestones she came across during her incredible journey.
Follow your passion
Swaditya had completed her graduation but did not want to be just another statistic pursuing a certain higher degree only because everyone else around seemed to be doing it. She also didn’t want to take up a job just for the sake of it. Creating a career in the field of her interest was the most important thing for her. Ultimately, she did make a choice and it was a path close to her heart. Swaditya’s passion for data science led her into taking up a full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Data Science. In her own words, “data has always interested me to ponder on and gain insights to make efficient decisions a part of daily life.”
An impressive track record from the beginning
Swaditya had always been a meritorious, hard-working student and held an impressive academic record throughout. She was among the top five rank holders in her college during engineering. And things are no different at ProLearn. Swaditya has consistently been among the toppers in her data science course.
Having secured one of the best offers made to her batch, we couldn’t help but ask her how can other passionate data lovers achieve the same feat as her? Her answer was as simple as it could get, “It’s not tough if you can put two hours of studying every day after class and follow it religiously. “
Swaditya recollected that her decision to choose Manipal ProLearn came quite easily as a data science aspirant. After considering her options, she realised that ProLearn’s 11-month big data course was exactly what she was looking for. She stated, “The program covers the interest of any data science aspirant along with providing interactive classroom sessions for nine months and an internship opportunity with the industry leaders to demonstrate the acquired skills in the last two months. It is an ideal platform to start a career in data science!”
Sharing her experience on how demanding the everyday sessions were, Swaditya quipped that the interactive post-lunch sessions were her favourite. “Concentrating from 9 to 5 can get tiring, but the hands-on sessions were fun, energetic and informative at the same time.”
Holistic learning that brought fantastic results
When you take the right path, it helps you reach the destination at a much faster pace, while proving to be a smooth ride. That’s the track of advantage. Similarly, Swaditya believes her decision to take up Manipal ProLearn’s full-time data science course really worked for her.
“I enrolled for the full-time course because it offered the dual advantage of gaining access to both the instructor-led and self-paced learning options.”
Elaborating on the unique experience she had at ProLearn, Swaditya pointed out that she had never studied in such a diverse atmosphere. Some students were complete freshers while some had prior work experience, which added a distinct value to the classroom discussions, she said.
Swaditya also credits the soft-skills training sessions at ProLearn, which helped her make the right impression during her interview. Landing a top salary package in a company like Deloitte has fuelled her dreams further.
When asked about her best learning experiences, she said with a smile, “They have to be the constant and enriching interactions we had with the experts from the industry. I cannot thank Manipal ProLearn enough for the opportunity.”
Currently enjoying her learning experience at Deloitte, Swaditya said, “Every day at work is helping me evolve a business-oriented perspective towards things.”
Swaditya’s parents and friends are naturally excited about her step into the professional world and are proud of her achievement. Swaditya said “The day I received the offer, I called home and was screaming with joy. My mother sounded relaxed though, as if she already knew I would make it. Mothers, I tell you!” Away from home, Swaditya celebrated her achievement by taking her friends out for a quiet celebration.
Looking forward to a path full of opportunities
No one achieves things by staying still, you need to work hard for them. In the new era of data analytics being the sexiest profession, Swaditya is confident that choosing to learn and take up data science as her career will help her evolve her passion to work with data to solve real-world business problems.
We congratulate Swaditya on her amazing feat!
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