Harika Reddy Donthiri

Country: India
Sector: Government
Job title: Associate Manager
Subject of study: Management
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught

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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

After completing my master’s at Exeter, my professional journey has taken me through diverse roles, each contributing significantly to my experience and skill set. I initially began as a Candidate Manager with Prospero, where I played a crucial role in recruiting for various schools across the Brent Council. This experience honed my skills in managing and matching candidates with the unique requirements of different educational institutions. Subsequently, I transitioned to the role of Data Manager at Ark Elvin Wembley. In this capacity, I handled a myriad of data, contributing to the organization’s overall data management strategy. This role not only deepened my understanding of data systems but also allowed me to make meaningful contributions to the operational efficiency of the organization. Eager for new challenges and experiences, I returned to India and took on a fellowship with Foruppo, where I served as a Team Lead. This role has provided me with the opportunity to lead and guide a team while further developing my expertise in a collaborative and innovative environment. Currently, I am proud to be associated with T-Hub, India’s largest startup incubator, as an Associate Manager for the Department of Science and Technology. Working in this dynamic space allows me to contribute to India’s vibrant startup ecosystem and be at the forefront of technological innovation. I am excited about the path ahead, leveraging my skills and experiences to make meaningful contributions to the organizations and projects I am involved in.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I chose a career as a data management analyst driven by my inherent fascination with data and the insights it can reveal. The prospect of translating raw data into meaningful narratives aligns perfectly with my interests. I find joy in the analytical process and the challenge of transforming complex datasets into comprehensible insights. What I enjoy most about my work is the ability to immerse myself in a world of data and create visually compelling narratives. The creative aspect of data visualization allows me to convey insights effectively and explore information in ways that resonate with others. The satisfaction of making data-driven decisions and crafting impactful visualizations in my own creative space fuels my passion for being a data analyst. In essence, my career choice was fueled by a genuine curiosity about data, and the fusion of analytical thinking with a creative touch makes every day in this field exciting and fulfilling.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my Master’s in Management program was the rich diversity it brought to collaborative projects. Engaging with students from various cultures and ethnicities heightened the collective learning experience. Working with individuals from diverse backgrounds not only broadened my perspective but also brought a wealth of insights to our discussions and projects. This cultural amalgamation made every collaboration unique, fostering a dynamic environment that mirrored the globalized nature of modern businesses. The biggest highlight of the program for me was undoubtedly the business project with Plymouth hospital(Primrose Breast care). The opportunity to apply management principles in a real-world setting, especially within the context of healthcare, was both challenging and rewarding. Collaborating with a diverse team to provide recommendations for enhancing the hospital’s services allowed me to witness the strength of varied perspectives coming together. The experience not only honed my problem-solving skills but also underscored the importance of cultural sensitivity in proposing solutions for a community-oriented institution like a hospital. Overall, the blend of cultural diversity and the hands-on consulting project made my Master’s in Management program a truly enriching and memorable journey.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Studying at the University of Exeter was a truly enriching experience. One of the aspects I enjoyed the most was the vibrant and inclusive community that the university fosters. The campus itself is situated in a picturesque setting, providing a serene yet stimulating atmosphere for academic pursuits. The state-of-the-art facilities and well-equipped libraries contributed to a conducive learning environment.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose the University of Exeter primarily for its prestigious reputation as a member of the Russell Group, signifying a commitment to academic excellence and research prominence. The university’s affiliation instilled confidence in the quality of education and resources. Additionally, the alignment of the program curriculum with my personal and professional goals further solidified my decision, offering a well-rounded and intellectually stimulating educational experience. In essence, the combination of Exeter’s stellar reputation and a tailored curriculum made it the ideal choice for my higher education journey.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

The most crucial assets for my career have been proficiency in business analytics and strategic thinking. Mastering data analytics has empowered me to extract meaningful insights and make informed decisions, enhancing my problem-solving abilities. Concurrently, a strong foundation in strategic thinking has enabled me to formulate and execute effective business strategies, positioning me as a valuable contributor in dynamic and competitive environments. The synergy between business analytics and strategic thinking has been pivotal in my professional growth and effectiveness across diverse roles in my career.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Seek Practical Experience: Look for internships, projects, or part-time roles that allow you to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. Practical experience enhances your understanding and makes you more marketable to potential employers. Network and Connect: Attend industry events, webinars, and networking sessions. Building a professional network can open doors to opportunities, mentorship, and valuable insights from experienced professionals in the field. Build a Strong Portfolio: Showcase your skills and projects through a portfolio. Having tangible examples of your work, such as data analyses, visualizations, and strategic projects, can set you apart when applying for positions.


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