5 Minutes With... Yash Doshi, ACS Victoria Student Ambassador
30th June 2020
- Yash Doshi is a Master of Information Technology Student at the Swinburne University of Technology and ACS Student Ambassador
- He belives students need to have hunger to learn to keep their skills updated
- His advice to the fellow students is to work on soft skills, get guidnace from mentors and network with industry professionals to stand out from the crowd.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Yash Doshi and I am currently pursuing a Master of Information Technology - Professional Computing (System Security and Anti-Hacking) at Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria. My major interest is in information security aspects of IT and I am currently enhancing my skills in Amazon Web Services (AWS).
I am a sports enthusiast (especially soccer) and an outdoor person. My interests mainly include nature, travel, wildlife, adventure, music, and experiencing different cultures by meeting new people. I always like to help and support people as it allows me to demonstrate my understanding and boost confidence.
2. Tech changes fast. How do you keep your tech skills up to date?
As an IT professional you are a student till you are hungry to learn as you cannot learn everything even in your entire life. I always hear about some new technologies or techniques every other day and it is difficult to learn everything. However, I keep interacting with people in the ACS community and on LinkedIn who are already using that technology and seek advice on how to begin learning it. Then I try to get acquainted with the technology briefly through YouTube videos, courses on various platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Coursera, Edx, etc. so that I know the concept behind the specific technology and what they are used for. If I feel I am interested in learning it in-depth, there are many different ways to proceed learning it.
As it is rightly said "Well begun is half done", I always feel starting from 0 to 1 is a big task but going from 1 to 10 would not feel challenging if you know what the technology is and have hunger or interest to learn it.
3. Who is your tech mentor or a leader that inspires you and why?
My academic professor and tutor at Swinburne are my technology mentors as they have guided me to learn beyond the curriculum and how to make the most of it to progress towards my career goals.
Since they have the experience and network of professionals who are working in the industry, they provided me guidance about how I could learn the in-demand technologies (AWS & Azure) and what would be the benefits of it. They have also stressed the importance of networking with professionals which has allowed me to develop connections with industry leaders.
4. How has ACS membership supported you in your journey to a tech career?
Being an ACS student ambassador myself, I did get the privilege to represent ACS at various student events which have helped me develop soft skills required by the industry along with technical skills. Furthermore, taking guidance and support from senior professionals and peers from the ACS community has helped me achieve certain goals to lead me in the right direction. It has helped me gain insights into the industry by attending the events and interacting with the community.
5. Why would you encourage your peers to become an ACS member?
As we all know the importance of networking in Australia, especially for international students who don’t know many people here is extremely important. Being an ACS member will give you access to a community of professionals who can give you the guidance and support you need for your career growth. It allows you to participate in the events and self-learn from the digital library assets from ACS. Being an ACS member makes you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate that you have the hunger and proactivity to learn by mentioning it in your CVs and LinkedIn profile.
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