Swaminathan Harakrishnan is one of our high-flying International Alumni, who got back in touch with USW after receiving the Alumni e-Newsletter in June.
Swaminathan, or Nathan for short, graduated from the University of Glamorgan in July 2012 with a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Since then he’s moved to Beijing and Mumbai to further his career – we caught up with him to find out more.
Nathan explained that he currently works as an Associate Consultant in the Risk Advisory Service line at Ernst & Young (EY) Mumbai, which is one of the big four audit firms in the world.
Since leaving University, he took time to volunteer with a Non-Governmental Organisation called Lions Clubs in Mumbai and also travelled to other countries like Singapore and China. In Beijing, China, Nathan worked in the Business Development function at Carbon Trading Capital Ltd, a leading carbon asset manager specialising in carbon credits generation, sourcing and trading from renewable energy projects. His role before joining EY was in the Corporate Strategy function at Viacom18 a joint venture of Viacom, Inc and Network18 Group, one of India's leading entertaining networks head quartered in Mumbai.
Nathan describes one of his most notable achievement during his career as being chosen by the Managing Director to represent the company at the ‘Aviation & Carbon Market Working Group Meeting in the European Chamber of Commerce’ in Beijing and at the 2013 EU-China Exhibition on Urban Development.
After joining EY, he has also worked on a project with one of the two major political parties in India by reviewing and analysing the marketing spends of their Election campaigns in the states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Nathan credits his parents for inspiring and motivating him. He goes on to say: “Observing the difficulties they have overcome, right from their education through to their jobs, has taught me how to embrace challenges in life. The learning and development that one undergoes while overcoming a challenge or obstacle hugely motivates me.”
Nathan got in touch with the ARDO office in order to volunteer his time. We asked what inspired him to do this, and he explained that as an International student from India, The experience he had during his time at University was great. He felt a sense of belonging to the USW community and would like to do his best to impart knowledge and share career experiences to inspire the next generation of USW graduates.
Whilst at USW in 2012, Nathan studied for a BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
As a kid he always loved technology, tinkering with circuits and motherboards, so it seemed a natural fit. He was drawn to USW because the faculty had a good rating, which coupled with excellent results from the National Student Survey (NSS) on overall student satisfaction aided his decision.
Nathan speaks with glowing terms about the whole Electrical Engineering faculty, stating that “During my education I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with members from different faculties. Mr Akram Hammodeh, Mr David Scammell, Ms Meryl Davies, Mr Chris Griffiths, Mr Ifiok Otung all supported and inspired me.” He positively recalls the experience of being elected as the Course representative for two consecutive years and winning the Faculty & University course representative of the year awards. Nathan goes on to state that the role provided an opportunity to voice the opinions of his fellow class mates and bring in solutions that were not only implemented in his course, but across the faculty.
Nathan believes his degree from USW has helped him to develop strong analytical and research capabilities which he finds useful to this day. He feels that his degree has given him a holistic learning while not being confined to just engineering in the traditional sense. Modules like Business and Finance for Engineers have added weight to his CV for employment.
We asked Nathan what pearl of wisdom he would pass on to any graduates, and he had this to say:
“For a recent graduate, I recommend having clear and achievable goals while networking, and choose your networks wisely. Take advantage of not only the University’s alumni network but also of the companies you are applying for. Stay in touch with your professors and university friends because an opportunity can present itself in any form. Consider Internships but ask your HR manager questions regarding the training and mentorship you’ll receive during your internship or how often interns are hired at the company. Teach yourself new software applications and stay updated with the basics like MS office etc. Most importantly believe in yourself and stay strong.”
Would you like to find out more about volunteering your time to USW like Nathan has?
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