What made you choose Australia as your educational destination?
I had this goal of studying and working in Australia since I was doing my undergraduate engineering back home in Nepal. Australia had a good scope for civil engineering students which made me to come to Australia.
As a student, what were the major challenges you had experienced at that point in time?
There are many challenges that an international student faces, especially in the first few months of moving. The first challenge for me was finding a job. But the challenge did not stop there, after I got a job, managing my time for study, assignment, work and social activities was a major challenge in the long run.
Was there a time you messed up and felt like you’d failed? How did you bounce back turning all those adversities into opportunities?
There are always some ups and downs in life. Being an international student is not easy. You have to study as well as work. The main thing is to set your goal and be determined to achieve it. Believing in yourself and knowing that you are going to make it, does the trick.
How did you learn to embrace risk-taking?
The first risk that you take is making the decision to move out of your comfort zone and go to a different country to study and work. If you have made that decision you have already embraced risk-taking. You can take any risk as long as you asses it properly and have proper plan to mitigate it.
What was your defining moments (Pre/Post Journey as a student)? Like an incident, experience or an action that have impacted your values and beliefs and steered you throughout your life’s journey and defined your personalities, and your outlook of life.
Most defining moments for me was when I completed my studies and had a proper engineering job. It’s amazing when you are working in a bar or a cafe for so long and suddenly the next day you are into a professional engineering job. I still reflect on those days and feel grateful to be here.
Think back to 10 years ago. Did you envision your career as it is today?
I always wanted to have a professional career after my studies. 10 years back I wouldn’t have imagined myself to be where I am today. But I worked very hard for it and that is exactly where I am today. I am thankful and proud of myself but I believe I still have a long way to go.
What is the most memorable and worst incident in Australia?
Student life is always the most memorable period of life for everyone, be it good or bad. I did have a tough time as a student because I was new to the country and had so much to learn and adjust. I had to travel to Wollongong every day from Lidcombe which wasn’t easy. But when I look back now, it was the most memorable part of it all. Another such memory is looking for casual jobs by going door-to-door, for the first few months. But when I sit back and reflect on those moments, I realize that I am who I am because of the trouble I went through when I was a student.
What is your secret recipe for a successful Student and professional life?
What you do in your student life will reflect in your professional life. Your motivation and dedication should be consistent throughout your student life and carry it on in your professional life. Always give your best in whatever you do, be it work or studies.
As a mentor, what are the suggestions you would like to give to the new students?
Your generation is lucky as you have all the information just a click away. Make use of it and do your research. Make sure you have the right information about your education provider and choose the right consultancy. Research about the new country and the place you are about to move. Be mentally prepared to do and succeed in whatever comes to your path.