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Getting creative at the keyboard through Information Technology

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20 July 2023

It is strokes of a keyboard rather than strokes of a paintbrush that enable Mrisha Upadhyay’s creativity to flow.

I feel like there's so much room for creativity  in information technology. You can make it really creative and very fun.
My name is Mrisha Upadhyay.  I am an international student. I come from Nepal.  
I realised that I really enjoyed working on the  design part of it, just the interactive part, you know, talking with the clients and making  the design more interactive according to their preference. So, that's the reason I chose Masters of Information Technology with the user experience specialisation.
We are the five-star university in students support. We also have relatively small class size. It's also mean that you have better chance to talk to your tutors, your lecturers.
We can do internships so I  started it before my unit starts for the following term. So I'm doing uh working as an assistant  webmaster intern in a Brisbane-based company. So, it's work from home. And then we do team meetings. I'm working with a lot of senior  
developers as well so it's quite good to get your feet on the field.
So, as part of my degree we use Unity as a software to develop games. The VR, the simulators are actually used as part of developing  
games and also as part of developing any AR or VR technology so those ones are like really good to just understand what you're developing as well and just to dive into it and actually experience it as well.
After graduating I really want to  work in the industry. I feel like I have enough knowledge now to just dive into the workforce so I want to work as a UX or UI designer so I'm trying to develop my CV accordingly and  taking help from my professor just to make my  
portfolio stand out and work in the field for some years and maybe start my own business later on.

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.”

“I feel like there is so much room for creativity in information technology. You can make it very fun.”

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.”

A suite of new postgraduate computing courses will launch from 2024, including the Graduate Certificate in Computing, Graduate Diploma of Computing and Master of Computing.

Learn more about studying information technology.

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