The transition from a college student to a full-time position is tumultuous, but it is rewarding to see years of education come to fruition in the workplace. Within QUEST, there is an extensive emphasis on application over rote book learning, which is clear in the successes of countless QUEST alumni. I recently spoke with Neha Kundagrami of Cohort 24 (a 2017 graduate) about her position at Deloitte and how QUEST has helped her in her career.
What exactly do you do for Deloitte?
I’m a business technology analyst, which means that I provide consulting services to technology-focused and technology-centric engagements or projects.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When the team is able to get together and finally resolve a problem or a question that the client has been having for years, it’s a very rewarding experience.
How did QUEST help you find success in the workplace?
Consulting is a very QUEST-centric career. All the things I learned in my 490H project – staying in scope, creating timelines, delivery of final deliverables, and so on – are all things I use on a daily basis in my job as a consultant.
Any advice for current QUEST students?
Network! QUEST honestly has almost any resource you could ever need, and you have the QUEST directory, which gives you contact information for any alum you could ever want to talk to! Reach out to the alum who work in fields you’re interested in for a chat – that real-world experience and mentorship is probably the best gift QUEST has ever given me.
Neha was also featured on the Tuesday Takeovers on the QUEST Instagram page. QUEST’s alumni network is both vastly useful and easily accessible. As Neha discussed, QUEST is chock full of all necessary resources for your career, so make sure to take advantage of them as soon as possible!