Student spotlight: Janhvi Anil Tiwari

Student spotlight: Janhvi Anil Tiwari

Janhvi Anil Tiwari is an international student making the most out of her RMIT experience through a variety of events and excelling in her role in the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) womens' department

Janhvi is completing a Bachelor of Computer Science, she completed her first year of studies online in her home country – Mumbai, India. 

When it was finally announced that Australia’s border restrictions had been lifted, Janvi made her way 'down under' and moved in with a friend that she had met through her online studies. 

It was an adrenaline rush when it was announced we could finally go to Australia to study. I was on top of the world

Why did you choose to study your course?

When I was a kid, I was introduced to computers through my school curriculum and became fascinated with them from the first moment.

Then my parents gave me my first Windows desktop and I used to spend the entire day self-learning things on that.  

In my 10th year at school I took up a computer science subject and after exploring a number of career fields, I realised it's time to continue the love I found a few years back for computer science; and that's why I chose my degree.

Why did you choose to study at RMIT?

RMIT was the perfect match in terms of the opportunities that it can provide. 

While my parents and I were doing research, we found a lot of articles about how computer science at RMIT gives you not only theoretical understanding of the subject, but also a lot of practical things through Work integrated learning (WIL)

WIL at RMIT teaches us how these things are actually implemented in the industry and as someone who is doing computer science, I feel it's very necessary that I get an understanding of how things are being applied in the industry directly.

What are your career goals? What do you hope to achieve with your degree?

The career that I am mostly interested in is cybersecurity, I hope to excel in that field. 

There are still a lot of countries that haven't figured out their cybersecurity - how big a threat it can be, and it is mostly the common person who always gets affected by such attacks, I want to bring an end to this.  

I also wish to encourage and motivate more women to take up courses that have been very male dominated so far. I'm a big supporter for that and any chance that I get to motivate my fellow females or juniors that are still trying to figure out what they want to do in life, I will!

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What are some of the events that you have participated in at RMIT that help with employability and connect you with industry?

One day I popped into the Job Shop and had a resume review done with a career consultant. I was able to tell her the challenges I was facing, and she helped me to navigate these. She helped me to design my resume in terms of the soft skills to add and the language to use.  

I also attended an event where I had my resume reviewed by an industry mentor. I got feedback from someone who works in the field I am studying and insight into what a recruiter would look for.

Most recently I attended the careers fair, where I also got to connect with recruiters. I was able to get an understanding of how recruiters think and the skills that you can work on before you graduate. It helped me to understand, get motivated and encouraged. 

Why do you get involved in events at RMIT?
International students face a lot of challenges and RMIT hosts a lot of events where you can receive help and speak about it to people.

Attending events help you realise you have a community of people that are going through the same things as you

The events cover issues that international students are facing - like having difficulty finding a job.

I really like the fact that RMIT discusses this and helps us bridge the gap between the international student and the job recruitment process.

What would you tell other international students studying at RMIT or thinking about studying at RMIT?

Coming to Australia might seem daunting because you're making that cultural shift and you’re expected to adapt to things very quickly. 

It might seem a little overwhelming at first, but keep in mind that I'm sure you got through stuff in life and will get through this as well.

Seek help if you feel that you are not OK and RMIT also has great wellbeing support that can help you find your way through mental difficulties. 

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International students support and resources

RMIT international students can register for events and find study and wellbeing support at the International Students webpage.

30 August 2022


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