It is strokes of a keyboard rather than strokes of a paintbrush that enable Mrisha Upadhyay’s creativity to flow.
Studying a Master of Information Technology at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus, Mrisha is flexing her creative muscles developing videogames through the User Experience specialisation.
“I feel like there is so much room for creativity in information technology. You can make it very fun,” Mrisha said.
“Developing games and even just developing a simple button is the coolest part about my degree.”
After completing a Bachelor of Computing in her home country of Nepal, Mrisha enrolled in the Masters course to further develop her skills in User Experience, a specialisation which involves designing and developing multimedia resources and interactive programs that support a great user experience. The subject is also a major in the Bachelor of Information Technology.
Mrisha said she was drawn to information technology as a booming industry with many perks such as working from home.
“I just enjoy every bit of it. I realised that I really enjoyed working on the design part of it, the interactive part, talking with the clients and making the design more interactive according to their preference.”
Through her degree, Mrisha has honed her craft through specialist software such as Unity and using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology. She is now undertaking an internship to gain real-world experience before she graduates.
“I’m working as an assistant webmaster intern in a Brisbane-based company. It’s work from home and under 15 hours a week so it is quite flexible. I’m working with a lot of senior developers so it’s quite good to get your feet on the field,” Mrisha said.
Mrisha said the support provided by Southern Cross University has been a major plus, particularly the career and employability services. This quality support is a sentiment echoed by her peers, with Southern Cross University ranked 5-stars for student support in the field of Computing and Information Systems (Good Universities Guide 2023).
Upon graduation, Mrisha is excited to jump into the industry. “I feel like I have enough knowledge now to dive into the workforce. I want to work as a user experience or user interface designer.”
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