Anish Annadata

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career?

Halfway through my course, I was accepted onto the BT Graduate Scheme. I started with BT as soon as my course ended in September 2014.

What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

At BT, I’m working as a Technical Business Analyst where I coordinate the technical and commercial aspects of a project to drive it to delivery. This might involve a range of activities such as Process Mapping and Designing, Requirements Management, Winning Bids, etc. The current project I am working on is a £200 million transformation project for a leading multinational bank, where BT will be taking over all the operational and maintenance activities of its data infrastructure. I am responsible in designing the key operational processes and will be liaising with the technical teams and business teams based in the UK, India and Hungary.

Also, as part of the Graduate Scheme, I also get to experience different areas of the business within BT, which can be anything from 4G mobility and fibre optics to marketing and branding.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career/will help with your future career?

For me personally, the sheer number of group projects I was involved in helped me the most. Apart from collaborating to complete the tasks, working with a diverse team from different cultures and backgrounds has helped me see and understand different points of view and also helped me get better in communicating my own thoughts. These were some of the core skills that I could transfer to my current job role and deliver the best results.

Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I was actually a returning student to Leeds when I chose to do my MSc here. I did my undergraduate (BEng Electronic and Communications Engineering) in University of Leeds from 2009-2012 and I fell in love with the university and the city. Leeds University is one of the top ranked universities for Engineering and is also part of the prestigious Russell group. The course content and the infrastructure at Leeds was much better than most of the other universities.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? Any highlights?

The best aspect of this course was the diverse range of modules that were included alongside the core Embedded Systems related modules, such as Network Systems and Infrastructure, Mobile Application Development, Medical Electronics, etc. That additional knowledge of Network Engineering was crucial in helping me make my way through to a job at BT.

What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

I love meeting new people from different cultures and backgrounds. The Student's Union does a great job by hosting social events and I’ve been a regular attendee. It’s such a great feeling to make friends from all over the world.

I am also into fitness and sports and a member of the Edge gym. The Edge, with its state-of-the-art facilities, is a great place to workout and to play my weekly squash.

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?

You are already on the right path if you are thinking about applying to Leeds. It’s a great university, the School of E&EE in particular is doing some outstanding research and it's definitely the place where I would recommend people to progress their careers. There are some world-class facilities and the staff are always willing to help and guide you, but it is up to you on how you make use of them. So be proactive, engaging and positive and you will surely come out with flying colours.