'I was always enthralled how the data-driven world has changed our lives...'
Pratik got a true kiwi experience during his time at UC! The Indian national interned at Stats NZ and is furthering his studies with a Master of Applied Data Science (MADS).
‘I wish to learn more skills, more platforms and understand complex business problems to solve data science challenges. I would like to spearhead an organisation’s analytics team and be the go-to person whenever data holds the key to solving problems.’
Motivated by the idea of innovation in solving problems, Pratik was encouraged to pursue higher education at UC.
‘I was always enthralled how the data-driven world has changed our lives. Innovation drives and I had the strong desire to obtain the required skills in order to solve data-driven problems and data science was the answer.’
Throughout his time at UC, Pratik found his degree structure well organised with the perfect balance between theory and practice.
‘One of the things I enjoy the most is to step out of my comfort zone and learn every day. I see myself as a life-long student and being in Data Science always helps me to learn, unlearn and re-learn in every aspect.’
Choosing to study at UC wasn’t difficult, with the flexible nature of the MADS degree giving Pratik more study options.
‘The MADS course is flexible and one can choose from a broad range of courses from areas such as GIS, Finance, and Humanities based on their preferences. These were the top reasons I opted to study at UC.
‘UC has a student-friendly environment and has students from diverse ethnicity. People smile at each other and are always open to strike up a conversation. Lecturers are friendly and they promote research-based study. The libraries at UC provides flexible space and varied resources for research and studies.’
Pratik has taken advantage of the many useful support services UC offers.
‘The Academic Skills Centre have helped me build my CV and also directed me to keep an updated Linkedin profile. These workshops are conducted throughout the year and I would recommend students to attend these workshops and seek advice from the experience personnel.’
It’s a big step moving overseas, but the spectacular scenery in New Zealand definitely made it easier for Pratik!
‘The good thing about living in New Zealand is you are just an hour’s drive away to the most scenic landscapes, tramping tracks, and beautiful beaches.’
During the summer break, Pratik scored an internship at Stats New Zealand. This is one of the real-world opportunities available to master’s students at UC.
‘I had got placed as a summer intern at Stats NZ which helped me work on real-world problems. Working at Stats New Zealand gave me a good exposure to the kiwi work culture.’