Siddhant Shirole

Siddhant Shirole

While doing some research online I stumbled upon the University of Waikato website, and as I read through the course every single one of my boxes was ticked.

Siddhant Shirole

Why did you choose to study at Waikato?

After finishing my Bachelor of Business Administration in India, majoring in Accounting and Finance, I wanted to get out of the privileged environment of my home and explore a new country and its culture.

While doing some research online I stumbled upon the University of Waikato website, and as I read through the course every single one of my boxes was ticked. I had a strong instinctive urge to be a part of the Waikato family.

Regarding the course, it's a continuation of my studies and covered all the aspects I’m interested in. With 12 papers in one year it seemed daunting to me; but I love challenges.

The ranking and reputation of Waikato Management School also played a role in choosing this qualification.

What have been the highlights of the course?

The structure of the course is brilliant, all the papers are selected carefully. The teachings of one paper are relatable in another, and it is extremely well taught with the help of real-life situations faced by people.

The lecturers bring enthusiasm and positive energy so students can engage and excel in their class.

One thing that can’t be ignored as a highlight is the beautiful Hamilton campus. I have enjoyed each opportunity I’ve had to eat lunch around the lake, finishing assignments under a tree, take a run around the track and just some chill time with friends at the Village Green.

What job are you looking for after studying?

With my acquired understanding of business and management from the MBM, I feel ready to enter the competitive business world. Companies like Air NZ, Spark, Fonterra, ANZ, ASB, etc. would be great to work in.

It would be the cherry on top if the job allows me to travel the world, for client presentations, meetings, and business expansion. I’d like a job which will allow me to better myself, while applying my skills to better the organisation as well.

What other activities are you involved with?

I am involved with numerous activities, including the Waikato Indian Students Community (WISC), Study Abroad Network (SAN), Waikato Micro-Volunteering, Waikato Indoor Football Club, a member of Unirec, the Wellbeing Hub, and an active participant in the Employability Plus Programme (EPP).

What would you say to other students considering study at Waikato?

The years you spend at university will be the best years of your life. The experience will be worth it, you will grow each day on an academic and personal level. Just be open to everything, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and let the journey begin. Any kind of issue or problem you have the university has a dedicated team for support, you just need to ask. You will cherish the experience and memories forever.

How have you coped with studying off-campus during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Studying off-campus is a bit challenging, as suddenly there is limited interaction with people face-to-face, and the activities you are used to do are not there anymore. That said, the lecturers have helped a lot with the online classes to make them more interactive and interesting. Other than that, having some time alone to rethink and revisit some material helps in clarification of your studies. Easy access to online material has made it quite simple.

What has helped motivate you to study?

Well the motivation has largely come from thinking about my personal future as a part of this dynamic workforce. Also, the interest I have for these subjects makes me want to study. Looking at the giant efforts from our lecturers to make the best possible resources available has driven me to do my part of the process, which is to study.

Siddhant Shirole