Parul was so inspired by his time at Deakin, he has written a book about it: My Foreign Master’s Degree.
Interview with Parul Bhatia
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
Student life at Deakin is the most memorable part of my life! I can confidently say, and it is evident from my published book My Foreign Master’s Degree, that studying at Deakin University in Australia was transformational for me. I consider myself a proud ‘change agent’ produced by Deakin. Thanks to Deakin, I have a new perspective to see life from a different dimension.
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
Since completing my studies at Deakin, I have worked for four different companies, in five different roles and in three different verticals over last 13 years. But the common thread has been being a ‘change agent’.
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
The openness to change and belief in myself.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
As my book My Foreign Master’s Degree illustrates, the experience of studying at Deakin was life changing for me. If I go back in time when I was beginning to start my course at Deakin, I could not imagine the transformation I would go through. Deakin University equipped me with capabilities to shape my journey thereafter and take control of my career and life.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
It is not just the units, course or study alone that will transform your life, but the overall experience of studying at Deakin University that will equip you to take control of your career.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
Confidence and openness to handle change.
What are your passions outside your work?
Writing has become my first love. Besides writing I also wish to volunteer in the field of mental health for kids in schools, and work towards doing something for older people as my next milestone. I feel there is a lot to be done there.
How would someone describe you?
A change agent!
Is there any advice you would give to a person who is starting out in your career?
There in one thing that is constant in this world and that’s change. Be open to changes in your life. The second piece of advice is something which Dr Vijay Mohan (my lecturer at Deakin) gave me – ‘Buy time with money if you can’. Time is costlier than money.
What is something that amazes you?
The way there is a clear tussle in this world between those who bring change and those who do not want to change. Not every change proposed is fruitful and vice versa. All that is needed is openness to weigh the pros and cons of change.