Deloitte Graduate Profile

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Karthik Padullaparty

  • Senior Consultant, Risk Advisory Service Line 
  • Bachelor of Technology, Information Technology (Honors)

Did your career plans change as you studied?
When I started university I was not very sure what area of work I wanted to do within IT. I realised I had a passion for cyber security when I attended an event of ethical hacking and really wanted to pursue a career in that. Since I lacked the knowledge in this space, I attended a lot of career events to meet with professionals, who were kind enough to guide me on the right path. Bachelor of Technology was an incredible degree, it challenged my perspectives and expanded my mind, and gave me the skills and knowledge that I needed to pursue this pathway.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
The field of cyber security is ever growing, with multiple areas of specialisations. I am quite interested in becoming an expert in identity and access management within the healthcare setting. Another area of focus that I am currently building on is data privacy and awareness to educate consumers of voluntarily sharing personal information. My ideal role in the next 10 years would be to become a Chief Information Security Officer within a private organisation, or a Partner here at Deloitte.

How valuable was your internship OR work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
An internship / work experience during my academic life developed a foundation for my career. My internship was not related to my career as a cyber security consultant, I worked in an airline logistics company as a business intelligence intern. My work required me to develop SQL reports based on the information provided by the equipment used within the airports. The internship taught me basic communication skills, prioritisation of work, solving complex requests, working with difficult clients and how a corporate organisation works. The most important aspect of an internship was the opportunity to network and develop some long term relationships with my colleagues who are my mentors. These  may seem quite foundational, but they give you more time to learn the subject of your interest. I would highly recommend everyone to apply for an internship during their study time to set themselves for your career.