Arpith is on cloud nine thanks to his DMU work placement

Working at a multinational software company is giving Arpith Shetty the skills he needs to thrive in his final year of Software Engineering at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and beyond.

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During his year-long placement at SAP, finishing at the end of June, Arpith has gained valuable insight into the leading software which allows companies around the world to better track customer and business interactions.

As a DevOps Engineer within the Cloud Architecture and Engineering team based in Belfast, Arpith is working on strengthening SAP’s cloud infrastructure by helping to automate performance test frameworks.

The 21-year-old from Bangalore in India said: “The placement has given me a better understanding of how a professional environment works and has helped me to perfect my technical skills.

“Most of the work I’ve done has been relevant to my course, but nothing compares to getting hands-on experience like this.”

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Arpith praised the support he received from #DMUworks, aimed at giving students the skills and qualities that employers look for, saying: “I’m really grateful to the team. They gave me vital advice on creating a good CV and also held mock interviews to help prepare me, which really paid off.”

Choosing to study at DMU meant leaving all his family and friends behind in India at the age of 18.

“It was a big decision, but I was really drawn to DMU’s acclaimed course and the beautiful campus,” said Arpith.

“Since getting here, I have gained a lot of experience, valuable knowledge and have learnt so much as a person. My tutors are just an email away and the campus has a positive atmosphere with excellent Indian food available.

“Leicester is one of the few places that feels like a home away from home, because of the people I have met, the diversity and how every culture is respected and celebrated. The city’s Diwali celebrations are the biggest outside of India.”

Keen to immerse himself in the student way of life, Arpith has been a member of DMU’s Rowing club and was the secretary of the Indian Society, supporting fellow students and helping to organise a range of successful events.

He said: “I was the chief organiser of DMU’s Holi celebrations last year and my main intention was to do something that would spread love, happiness and peace. This is why we collaborated with DMU Square Mile India under the university’s #LoveInternational campaign.

“The event was attended by more than 1,500 students of different nationalities and we raised in excess of £1,300 to support children in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.”

Posted on Monday 18th June 2018

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