Madhvi Laxman has just started a new position in Auckland, as a Graduate Consultant for the Microsoft Dynamic’s team at Intergen.
Intergen provides information technology solutions to clients in New Zealand, Australia and North America – and Madhvi is joining the team as part of the company’s Graduate Programme.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” she says. “I wouldn’t have received it without the Graduate Diploma in IT – and the support of the IT lecturers at OP, my family and friends.”
Originally from Africa, near Dar-Es-Salaam, Madhvi completed an Information Science undergraduate degree from the University of Otago, before she took a position at ACC for a year. Despite the valuable customer service experience this job offered her, Madhvi really wanted to work in IT – so she started looking for postgraduate qualifications in the area.
Madhvi wanted to make herself “more employable”. She chose the Graduate Diploma at Otago Polytechnic over other postgraduate qualifications due to its practical, ‘hands-on’ focus.
“The small classes at OP offer more support and interaction with your lecturers and classmates,” she explains. “The atmosphere was really friendly. Everyone was ready to help and support my learning whenever I needed a hand”.
Does Madhvi have any advice for those thinking about embarking on a Graduate Diploma in IT at Otago Polytechnic?
“Go for it! This qualification has given me opportunities I would never have gotten otherwise. Just do it, and be prepared to work hard!”