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Akhil Killawala’s Story

Akhil Killawala’s Story

After reading our recent Resilience stories at RIT, Akhil reached out to us to share his own.

“The internship and full time job search… intimidating and overwhelming, yet simultaneously the best way to learn about any field! The search involves research, outreach, and persistence. It can be an arduous process, but the opportunity to dive into an area of professional interest is well-worth the effort.

After completing my undergraduate program in Computer Science and Engineering in Mumbai, India and moved to the Rochester Institute of Technology in pursuit of my masters degree in Computer Science. In my batch of 140 computer science students, I was a bit scared and nervous, as many of my classmates had work experience and I was coming straight from my undergraduate program in another country.

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, available to all RIT students, provides mock interviews, resume advice, and plenty of other opportunities for students to start exploring the world of work. After long hours of research (at least 30 minutes every day) and many meetings with the Co-Op and Career Services office, I finally landed my first co-op opportunity in Boston, Massachusetts and followed up with a second co-op at Autodesk in San Francisco, California.

I choose to look at it as a journey: yes, it’s a tough route with obstacles like interviews along the way, but the view from the destination will be marvelous! Yes, it’s tedious and time-consuming now, but will pay a huge return on investment when you get your dream job. It’s an opportunity to step into the business world and learn a great deal from behind-the-scenes in a company – there are some things you just can’t learn within the four walls of a classroom.”

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Akhil! This is a great reminder that we all go through difficult times but resilience is important in our pathway to success. You, like some of our other #Resilience at #RIT student, now are able to look back at your experience and feel proud of where you are today.