School of Management graduate obtains a career with NAB
School of Management graduate, Ms. Krishna Priya Duraisamy, tells the story of her positive experience at La Trobe and how her course (Masters of Business Information Management and Systems) helped her secure a position with National Australia Bank.
“When I look back on my career path, the transition from a civil engineer to a fraud analyst has been an amazing experience. I started my career path as a civil engineer in India. Like any other industry, customer service is the key; different customers with differing values and beliefs made it challenging. Customising designs based on these beliefs and values made profiling customers all the more interesting.
My inherent interest in customer profiling laid the foundation for setting my career in the field of Business Analytics. Once I decided my career path to be in the area of Business Intelligence (BI), doing a degree relevant to BI became inevitable. I started looking for universities offering courses in BI related areas and La Trobe’s Masters of Business Information Management and Systems (MBIMS) caught my attention. The highlight of MBIMS is its well structured curriculum and its connections with industrial partners like SAS (a leader in Business Analytics) and SAP (a leader in Enterprise Resource Planning Software).
Upon taking up the course I had the wonderful opportunity to have subjects like Enterprise Business Intelligence where I learned the basics of BI with hands on experience in SAS Enterprise Miner. This excellent foundation and guidance from the School helped me to work on real time cases in subjects like Business Intelligence Project Design and Implementation. It is this experience and the collaboration between the SAS Institute of Australia and MBIMS helped me in receiving an excellent internship opportunity from National Australia Bank. I worked as a Graduate SAS Specialist for three months at National Australia Bank where I was exposed to real world business problems. Developing analytical solutions to these problems were in turn challenging and a breath-taking experience.
Along with subjects like Enterprise Business Intelligence and Business Intelligence project Design and Implementation MBIMS had unique set of subjects like Data Warehouse Design, Decision Support Systems which helped us as students develop a strong foundation in the area of Business Intelligence. We also enjoyed subjects like Enterprise Information Systems where I got to work with SAP R/3- Enterprise Resource Planning software which helped me in understanding the processes and the best practices of SAP.
The School of Management provided me with wonderful resources in terms of access to Software like SAS , SAP R/3 and lab facilities. Apart from my academic skills, La Trobe’s diverse culture and a curriculum which frequently involves presenting my ideas to my fellow students helped me to enhance my interpersonal skills. Overall, I would say I was groomed as a professional at La Trobe and it was an amazing experience to study at there particularly with the School of Management, one of the schools of the Faculty of Law and Management."