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Case Study: Aditi Ramachandran

Personal details
Degree:MSc Management and Information Technology Profile picture
School(s): School of Management
Year of Graduation:Nov-2010
National of: India
Employment details
Organisation: Unilever
Job title: IT Security & Risk Consultant
Occupational Sector: IT/Computer Programming
What has been your route to getting your current position?
In 2010, immediately after graduation from St.Andrews , I applied for an internship in a leading bank. After interning in a mobile phone migration project with the Bank's headquarters in London, I took up the role of an Analyst for Group Information Security. Working with the Communication and Awareness team has exposed me to several areas of Information Security. Wanting a change in the job, I took up the Information Security job search more seriously. My good track record at the Bank helped my colleagues identify my potential and refer me to a more serious job at Unilever. My interviews went on well and I was offered this job in the UK.
What does your job involve ?
During my tenure, I have handled teams and reinforced best practices in security. I had the opportunity to manage information security teams around the world and provide support to all in-country Information Security Champions in 20 European and Asian countries. My role required handling confidential data and I communicated and drove information security awareness globally. At Unilever, my role required handling confidential data and I communicated and drove information security awareness globally. I have written a number of reports and handled presentations effectively. During my tenure at Unilever so far I have provided IT Risk services to ensure that systems delivered are secure by design and compliant with internal and external reference standards and security objectives. I also handle incidents and advice on remediation.
What are the best bits of your job ?
I love how I am able to ensure that processes between the business and technology are smooth. Since I am motivated by responsibility, this role was a very good challenge.
Why were you successful?
  1. Take internships seriously.
  2. Never worry about the salary for the first two years. Let it not affect good opportunities when you are growing 
  3. Always have a good rapport with vendors, consultants , ex colleagues, the receptionist or mailman . You never know who takes notice.
  4. Network Network Network! 
  5. A mixture of hard and smart work!
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
My Management degree helped me more than my Computer degree did. I was able to apply some of the principles. While I strongly suggest that having a degree can get you through the door, in the real world, it helped only about 10-15% while on the job. However , the soft skills I learned while at University and having being exposed to the international space, St Andrews has taught me so much.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Unilever is extremely diverse in itself and hence mingling with colleagues was the easiest bit. It has been a wonderful experience so far. Working hours are 9-5 and I get weekends off.