Harshavardhan Shinde graduated from Stevens in May 2011 with a master's degree in Information Systems. Below he discusses his career goals, involvement on campus, and future plans.
Office of Career Development: What were your career goals at the time you decided to come to Stevens for your master's degree?
Harsh Shinde: I worked at Citigroup (Technology Infrastructure) in India prior to coming at Stevens, and wanted to enhance my technical skills and better understand the IT-business relationship within the organization. What interested me in the Stevens MIS program was the combination of Information Technology and business courses, with wide range of electives to choose from.
OCD: How did you continue to grow as a professional during your graduate studies?
HS: I actively participated in the OCD's weekly workshop series for graduate students to continue developing my professional skills. I worked as a Graduate Assistant directly under the Director of the Information Systems program, performing leading research on IT and business alignment. I served as an Orientation Leader, helping new graduate students assimilate to Stevens, and also participated in conferences both on and off-campus as part of my professional development as a student.
OCD: What is the most significant aspect of the job search process that you learned throughout your time at Stevens?
HS: That it is very important to "know" the company you're going to interview with. I made sure to attend corporate Information Sessions on-campus to learn about different companies and meet the recruitment teams and Stevens alumni who work for those firms.
OCD: What advice would you give incoming or current students about planning for their future careers?
HS: Be yourself and attend the workshops offered by the Office of Career Development!
OCD: What are your plans now that you have graduated?
HS: I will be working for Ernst & Young's IT Risk & Assurance advisory practice in New York City.