What MIT alumnus Hamid Shah has to say after graduating from MIT
Hamid Shah completed a Bachelor of Business from MIT-Melbourne campus in December 2017 and was fortunate to land an accounting job at Toll Group in March 2018. We got the opportunity to talk with Hamid about his journey at MIT and life after that.
- Can you tell us about your life before coming to Australia?
I was born in Abbottabad a small city in the North of Pakistan. As I was growing up, we moved around a lot because of my Dad’s work, so if you were to ask me where I grew up, I would say Karachi.
- You were previously studying at another university, what made you change to MIT?
When selecting my university, I had many expectations like great lecturers, a library, personal development workshops, online resources, social events, sports events, and most importantly a good campus. With these expectations I chose one of the universities in Australia but it did not turn out to be what I expected, particularly with bare minimum student support services to assist international students like me during the transitional period. I faced a lot of challenges and struggled with my studies. I visited many campuses of different institutions but MIT stood out because of its campus location, tuition fees, quality of education and student support services.
- What challenges did you face as an international student and how did you overcome it?
The first challenge was the language. To overcome this, I started joining group sports activities like a cricket club and a footy club. Yes, you heard it right – Australian Rules Football (AFL). That helped me to learn the language quite well through my interactions with local friends.
- Can you tell us about your time in MIT?
The facilities at MIT are second to none and I liked the approach MIT took to my course. The presence of caring teaching staff, support staff and career services made me feel inspired. MIT gave me the feeling of being involved in many activities like the mentoring of junior students and other volunteering services. It will be hard to pick one but if I must, it has to be the Career Services and the help of Careers Advisor, Doug Stevenson. We had many one-on-one career counselling in addition to all the career seminars and workshops.
- What has been your journey since finishing your course?
After completing a degree, transitioning into the actual world of workforce can be daunting and I was no exception. I would apply for 20 to 25 jobs on daily basis without any luck which made me feel like a small fish in a big pond because of my lack of experience. My Bachelor degree in Business Accounting at MIT gave me an incredible foundation and confidence, but the career coaching from our Careers Advisor helped me to nail the interview and land an Accounting job at Toll Group, just three months after my graduation. It feels amazing.
- What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
First and foremost, get your resume sorted and keep applying for jobs. I know that a few rejections can be heart breaking but take that as a learning step and keep improving for the next chance. Get in touch with MIT’s Career Services because this can help in a range of services like resume building, interview preparation, networking and even finding an internship.
- What do you love about MIT?
At MIT your lecturers know you by your name and they legitimately take interest in your progress which helps in mentoring and personalised help. Apart from that, the admin and support Staff are amazing, facilities are great and the location speaks for itself.
- What are your passions outside your work?
If you had asked me this question before arriving in Australia I would have said cricket, but now my passion is Aussie Rule Football. I play football for Hadfield Football club and I support the Carlton Blues. Besides that, I play cricket in summer for Power House Cricket club in Albert Park and I also have a passion for photography and history.