Bhavya Omkarappa came across with Communications Engineering study option when she started look for universities in Europe that would have master´s programmes with both the technical and business aspects. She has been happy with her choice and thinks that when studying in this master´s degree, being proactive and engaging with people is really important.
Bhavya moved to Finland from India, and it always takes time to adapt to a new country and culture, but luckily she has been comfortable with her job, as well as the Finnish society and culture. After graduation, she plans to stay in Finland.
Why did you choose the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering?
I did my bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications in India, and after that, I was working for three years. While I was working, I realised I wanted to get a deeper understanding of telecommunications so I started to look for universities in Europe that would have programmes with both the technical and business aspects of what I was after. I came across with Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering, and decided to apply to Aalto University even though I didn’t have much time to prepare; I didn’t get in, but I was convinced that this was the right programme for me, so I applied the following year and was accepted.
What has been the best part of your studies?
Apart from getting technical and practical knowledge from the courses, I think working in Professor Heikki Hämmäinen’s research group has been the best part of my studies. He has truly challenged me to be the best with my research. In 2017, I got an opportunity to present my preliminary research thesis results in an international telecommunications conference in Denmark and in 2018, I presented my thesis results at the European Regional International Telecommunication Society Conference in Italy. It was one of the lifetime experiences to present my research in front of such a big, global audience not only from academics but also from regulatory and consultants in this field.
Alongside the courses from my track, I also took product development and global innovation courses. These courses have very good collaboration with other universities in the world and gave me an opportunity to visit Stanford University. It was a very inspiring experience!
What kind of tools did you get from your studies that have been useful in your working life?
The master’s programme definitely brushed up my technical skills and I also gained knowledge on the economics of the telecom industry. The courses were just not theoretical, for example we did an interesting business simulation game in the course called Operator Business. It provided a holistic view on management challenges, enterprise functions, and their interdependencies. We got an opportunity to practice managerial analysis, planning and decision-making skills in a simulated virtual mobile market.