Subhasmita Behera

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Subhasmita Behera alumni story

Studying in Sydney: my experience

Subhasmita Behera is an alumna from India who has graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master in Business Administration (Enterprise & Leadership) in 2021. She can speak Bengali, English, Hindi and Odia and is currently based in India.

Why did you choose NSW?

It’s an inclusive and ideal place for international students. The quality of education, global academic recognition, cultural diversity and safe and vibrant communities are unmatched.

Tell us about your experience

I experienced that NSW is open to new thoughts and minds. I had a great experience living, learning and progressing my career in NSW along with my family, including my husband and child. The vibrant communities, warm climate and kids’ education also made the time nice  and easy.

How has studying in NSW benefitted you?

I was fortunate to be part of USYD Tech & Innovation Club leadership team, leading efforts in bringing disruptive tech stories via webinars and podcasts. I also gained access to industry networking events for startups. I also volunteered for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Australia in refugee campaigns and grant program initiatives.

Did you work with employers or industry groups? If yes, how did it benefit your career?

I loved working for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) on the capstone project. This was a highly rewarding experience for me as it gave me an opportunity to bring together various MBA learnings around leadership, finance, strategy, data analytics, tech and innovation concepts and apply them in solving a real time business problem.

Where are you working now?

I’m Vice President and Engineering Manager of an investment bank, where I’m responsible for leading payment transformation efforts for various teams.

Why did you choose your career path?

I wanted to take up lead a diversified portfolio, driving digitalisation programs and building strategic initiatives in tech. To achieve this, I needed to equip myself with the academic skills and knowledge to intensely investigate the various facets of business management streams.

 Can you share any career advice for students or recent graduates?

Focus on your goals, build meaningful networks, participate, learn, contribute, and grow.

What is the best way to develop a social life in NSW?

Join university clubs related to your interests and passions, and keep an eye out for special interest groups, meetups, webinars, forums or networking events.

Do you remain involved with NSW?

I am part of the University of Sydney alumni network, where I help with webinars and guest speaking. I’m also a member of the Tech & Innovation Club leadership team, where we hold podcast discussions on trending topics in tech and innovations . I also speak at student information sessions, answering future student’s questions.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

NSW is an ideal place for international students travelling with their families. Apart from the world class education, it offers a quality lifestyle and vibrant neighbourhoods that makes settling in and living super easy.