Nishant Siyani is from Rajkot in Gujarat, India.
Nishant completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) at Saurashtra University in Gujarat and is currently enrolled in the Master of Engineering Management. This is his second masters program at UTS: Engineering. Nishant is also a recipient of a Postgraduate Achievement Scholarship.
"After completing my bachelors I worked as a quality control engineer for about a year. I had always wanted to do masters and thought about doing one in India but then one of my brother's was very encouraging and supportive of me to study overseas. He works with my father in our family business which is manufacturing parts for diesel engines.
I was interested in doing a management degree, but not purely an MBA and when I searched for engineering management I came across the MEM at UTS. Also, a classmate with whom I'd done my undergraduate degree with had already completed the MEM here and he recommended it highly.
I started with the Master of Engineering Studies majoring in Manufacturing Engineering & Management and am now in my last semester of the MEM. Studying here means a lot of self-learning and group work and you learn to be selfreliant very quickly! There are some Quality and Leadership subjects which I particularly like.
I find the balance between study and free time OK. I still have time to work part-time at a petrol station in Rose Bay – I've been working there for one and a half years! Some friends and I share an apartment in Ashfield in the inner West of Sydney. It's quiet and on the train line which is good for getting around. I've attended events at the faculty, like the MEM Networking Event; the Career Service also offers workshops where students can acquire extra skills, for example interview skills, writing resumes and cover letters – it's really useful, and free!
I love to go out with friends. I've been to Bondi Beach, Nelson Bay, Central Cost – The Entrance, Helensburgh and the Royal National Park with friends. I've also learnt how to cook! I didn't know anything about cooking before I came to Australia other than watching my mother but when I came to Sydney I taught myself to cook mainly Indian vegetarian food and I think I'm getting quite good at it. I came from joint family and really miss my family and friends.
About my hobby, I like to play Sudoku. I've also started playing tennis and of course we play cricket, what Indian wouldn't!?
When I finish my degree I want to look for a good job and possibly look for an exciting business opportunity, may be developing manufacturing – who knows?"