Alumni Interview, Rohan Murti, Sc'10 (Mechanical)

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What you believe in, becomes your reality. Never underestimate the power of positive thought and what sheer will and determination can achieve.

With our first QSAA blog post, we would like to introduce Alumni Interviews, through which we will be connecting with distinguished alumni and asking them to share their advice with current students. 

QSAA exists to promote the connection between alumni and students. Because we believe alumni have a lot of wisdom and inspiration to offer current students, we will be interviewing distinguished alumni, so that they can share their advice with current students. 

Our first interviewee is Rohan Murti, Sc’10 (Mechanical) alumnus who has launched his career across the globe. He has experience across a variety of industries and pursued his MBA at INSEAD, a top ranked business school in France. Currently he is based out of Luxembourg working for Amazon. We spoke with him to delve into his advice for current Queen’s students and the experiences in his career thus far. 

 Q: As someone who has worked across the globe, what is your advice for building connections abroad? 

A: “It definitely takes time to build connections abroad and requires an active mindset when you are travelling and being put in those scenarios. Read up on some articles/books on the topic and practice some core networking skills. You have to create a bridge, either through an internal transfer at work, grad school, or some research-related focus to target a particular region for example. LinkedIn is a great tool to find common platforms with people to connect with overseas. Starting there and tapping into your personal, as well as academic network are great places to start. You’ll be surprised at how extensive your network may already be once you get talking to people.” 

Q: How did your time at Queen’s prepare you for your current life, both academically and non-academically? Is there anything you wish you had learned or done before graduating? 

A: “Queen’s got me out of my comfort zone. I came in as an international student and the adjustment was a great learning experience, both personally and academically. I got to engage with some very smart and driven people and it helped me to redefine my beliefs and shape my thoughts. In terms of learnings - definitely only take on what you can handle in terms of extracurriculars and engage in leadership positions. Most importantly, cherish the time you have in university, it’s special and you can never get it back. “

Q: You’ve worked in a wide variety of sectors. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from each job? 

A: “I won’t focus on one from each job, but more of an overarching theme. I’ve noticed that the more common topic that gets raised amongst hiring managers when discussing new undergrad applications is that of entitlement. When applying for your first job, companies are primarily looking for good attitude, humbleness, maturity, flexibility and willingness to learn. Just be curious, work hard, learn quick, be smart, humble and be willing to take calculated risks and you will be on the way to a great and rewarding career path. “

Q: What advice would you give to your first-year self? To your 4th year self? 

A: “First-year: Have fun, get out there and meet as many people as you can. Be open-minded, respectful and inclusive toward others. Also, learn to cook something more sophisticated than mac n’ cheese. It will go a long way. 

Fourth year: Be more aware of what’s happening in the world around you, past your bubble and comfort zone. Be knowledgeable about general market trends and cutting-edge breakthroughs. Do your own research, don’t just be a consumer. As you go out into the working world, drop the feeling of entitlement and be prepared to work hard. You’ll feel compelled to follow what you feel is your dream career. Understand that it may not be a straight jump out of undergrad, learn to be flexible and stay humble when learning. Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.”

Q: Why did you decide to pursue graduate studies? 

A: “It was a very personal decision at the time. I always had a great interest in learning business, thus I knew I’d return to grad school at some point. I wanted to gain some solid work experience first though. The timing of why grad school in 2016 was due to the crash of the oil industry I was in at the point, the opportunity cost of leaving a career to go back to school full-time was lower. “

Q: What was your go-to meal at Queen’s? 

A: “That’s easy! Golden Chicken from Royal Angkor on Princess St.”

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

A: “What you believe in, becomes your reality. Never underestimate the power of positive thought and what sheer will and determination can achieve. You just have to want it more than everyone else, be focused and prepared to put in the work.”  

We hope you found Rohan’s advice insightful. Every month the Queen’s Connects group posts a “Mentor of the Month” who is an alumnus/alumna who can answer any questions about their field or any broader career questions you might have. It is a great resource for students to get advice about potential careers from knowledgeable Queen’s alumni. If you are not already a part of Queen’s Connects, we highly encourage you to join (It’s free!).

Visit the Career Services page for instructions for how to register for Queen’s Connects.