Post knowledge. I attended various technology workshopsPost knowledge. I attended various technology workshops

Post completion of the
my under graduation i.e. B.E. (Bachelors in Engineering) in Information
Technology (IT), I plan to pursue University of Texas’s (UOT) MS in Computer
Science Program to widen my skills and career prospects.

           
After completing my Intermediate education in 2014, I started pursuing my B.E.
in IT from Osmania University. When I embarked on this new journey, I reflected
on my past and identified drawbacks that I must improve on. One such aspect
that I realized was that I must work on my practical knowledge. Hence, while I
was pursuing the B.E. program, I made every effort to gain practical knowledge.
I attended various technology workshops and embraced opportunities to work on
academic projects. I attended a two day workshop on data mining and
participated in CO’DE’BUG competition, in which I won the 1st prize.
I also presented papers at workshops. For example, I presented on GiFi
Technology at IIT, Hyderabad. For academic projects point of view, I worked on
four academic projects. In 2015, I worked on courier information system project
by leveraging on C++. In 2016, I worked on a project which had an objective of
developing an application that will store and maintain health records, will
allow users to book appointments. We developed this application using HTML, CSS
and JavaScript etc. In the same year, I was also part of another project which
developed an application that will allow users to post or read various stories,
articles etc. For this, we used HTML, CSS and PHP. In 2017, I worked on another
project that was aimed at creating a marketplace application for finding
programmers. For this application, we leveraged asp.net
and C#. From all these academic projects, I have learned the practical dynamics
of IT world, the importance of perseverance, team work and out of box
thinking.  I also thoroughly enjoyed analysing a lot of data during these
projects. Having gained all this exposure, I would now like to raise the bar by
adding more skills to my repertoire.  Hence, I made a decision to pursue a
Master’s program.

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After deciding to study a Master’s program, I felt I must explore studying
abroad. As a result, I started doing some research to understand pros and cons.
I reached out to students who have been studying abroad and also read a lot of
forums. I understand that studying abroad has benefits such as opportunity to
interact with students from heterogeneous backgrounds, opportunity to travel,
understand how advanced nations work etc. I also felt that in general the
teaching methodologies in foreign nations are also robust as Universities have
been adopting the latest teaching styles such as case based learning. The
infrastructure in general is also of higher standards. For all these reasons, I
opted to study abroad and I specifically opted to study in United States
because US has been the epicentre for most technological advances.

           
Within United States, I have finalized to study at University of Texas,
Arlington. I evaluated a lot of universities offerings and zeroed in on
University of Texas because of its impressive credentials such as research 1
university, its rankings and its alumni network. From a program and department
point of view, I have not seen universities that can claim strengths in wide
range of disruptive technologies. UOT has strengths in big data analytics,
machine learning and is gaining its strengths in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber
Security and Cloud computing through its on-going research. With all this and
the fact that I will be under the guidance of well-known Professors such as
Prof Chris Ding and Prof Gautam Das, I am sure I will be out for an
academically enriching experience.

           
After completion of the Master’s program, I plan to pursue a career in leading
IT product development firms in India. I am hoping to work for firms such as
Oracle Labs, SAP and Service Now. Initially, I am hoping to work as a developer
in niche technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning and
Cyber Security etc. This is where I believe the program will help me gain
skills in these niche technologies. Over longer term, I am aspiring to work as
a senior solution architect, product manager etc. While studying the program, I
would like to share my insights into how the Indian Information Technology
industry is adopting to the various disruptions caused by new age technology
start-ups.