How my course helped me take an unexpected route after graduation

How My Course Helped Me Take An Unexpected Route After Graduation

Published On - June 16, 2024
Islington College

Hi, my name is Oshriya Manandhar. A 2022 Computing graduate of Islington College. Currently I am working as a Project Manager at the IT Research and Development Team of Islington College while pursuing my Masters in Business Administration degree.

What was your defining moment at ICK?

Academic and personal growth. As a fresh high school graduate, I stepped into the halls of Islington College with a sense of anticipation and eagerness to explore the opportunities that lay ahead. Little did I know that this college would soon become not just a place of learning but a second home, welcoming me with open arms into its vibrant community.

In my first year at Islington College, I was bestowed with a remarkable opportunity – the chance to serve as the class's star, also known as the Student Academic Representative. It was a role that not only honoured me but also entrusted me with the responsibility of representing my peers and facilitating communication between students and faculty.

As the class star, I found myself at the forefront of academic affairs, bridging the gap between student body and college administration. Whether it was conveying student feedback, organising class meetings, or addressing concerns, I embraced the role wholeheartedly, determined to make a positive impact within the college community.

Additionally, I had the privilege of participating in meetings with the university's representatives. These meetings provided a platform for students to voice their opinions, share insights, and contribute to the ongoing dialogue between Islington College and the London Metropolitan University. It was an invaluable opportunity to engage directly with decision-makers and advocate for the interests of my fellow students.

Beyond the administrative responsibilities, being the class’s star provided me with a platform to connect with my peers and expand my network. I cherished the opportunity to foster camaraderie among classmates, organise social events, and create a supportive environment where everyone felt valued and included.

Moreover, serving as the class star allowed me to develop essential leadership, communication, and organisational skills – qualities that would serve me well in my academic and professional endeavours. It was a transformative experience that not only enriched my college experience but also helped me grow as an individual.

Looking back on my journey as the class star at Islington College, I am grateful for the trust and confidence placed in me by my classmates and college faculty. It was an honour to represent my peers and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of student life at Islington College.

I carry with me the invaluable lessons and experiences gained during my time at Islington. It is a reminder of the importance of stepping out of one's comfort zone, embracing leadership opportunities, and making a meaningful difference that has shaped me into the individual I am today and instilled in me a sense of pride and belonging within the Islington community.

Can you give us an overview of your work placements and experience as a student?

As a student at Islington College, my journey was enriched with diverse work placements and valuable experiences that shaped my professional growth. During my second year at Islington, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in the business development department of the college itself. This internship provided a vital opportunity for me to delve into student counselling and parent engagement. From advising students to addressing parent concerns, I enhanced my networking and communication skills. This hands-on experience not only improved my understanding of college operations but also cultivated valuable connections within the Islington community.

In my third year, as part of our course requirements, we were tasked with completing an internship. Fortunately, Islington College proved to be incredibly supportive in helping us secure internship placements aligned with our academic pursuits. Amidst the numerous opportunities presented to us, I chose a work placement that aligned with my interests and career goals.

Throughout these work placements, I was able to apply theoretical knowledge gained from my coursework to practical, real-world scenarios. Whether it was counselling students, collaborating with colleagues, or undertaking projects, each experience contributed to my professional development and prepared me for the challenges of the workforce.

Immediately after graduating, I was provided with an exciting opportunity to work as a developer at Islington College. The professional experience I gained during my internship proved to be invaluable as I embarked on my professional journey. It equipped me with the necessary skills and insights to thrive in my new role and make meaningful contributions to the college's projects and initiatives.

Additionally, I embraced the opportunity to become a part-time teacher at Islington College. This role not only allowed me to share my knowledge with fellow students but also provided me with a platform to interact with fresh minds and contribute to the academic community. It was a fulfilling experience that enriched my understanding of the subjects while also honing my communication and leadership skills.

Fast forward two years since graduating, and I am now working as a project manager. This progression from intern to developer and eventually to project manager is a testament to the growth and opportunities afforded to me by Islington College. Each step of the way, I have been supported and empowered to reach new heights in my career.

Overall, my work placements as a student at Islington College provided me with invaluable opportunities for learning, growth, and skill development. I am grateful for the support and guidance of the college faculty and staff who facilitated these experiences and helped me lay the groundwork for a successful career ahead.

Why did you choose Islington College?

As a recent high school graduate with a keen interest in technology, I embarked on a search for an IT degree program that aligned with my aspirations. During my exploration, I stumbled upon Islington College, which offered prestigious UK degrees right here in Nepal. Intrigued by this discovery, I delved deeper into researching the college, its courses, and its teaching methodologies.

What captivated me about Islington College was its commitment to preparing industry-ready graduates and its emphasis on providing practical knowledge—an aspect that many other colleges seemed to lack. The prospect of receiving an education that not only met academic standards but also equipped me with the skills and experience needed to thrive in the real world was immensely appealing.

In essence, I chose Islington College because it offered the perfect blend of academic excellence, practical learning opportunities, and a pathway to a successful career in the dynamic field of technology. It was an investment in my future that I believed would provide me with the tools and knowledge necessary to pursue my passion and achieve my goals.

How did your course help you find all those opportunities?

I started my Islington journey in 2019 as I enrolled into BSc. Hons Computing degree. My course played a pivotal role in opening doors to a multitude of opportunities and preparing me for the challenges of the professional world. Through a combination of theoretical coursework and hands-on projects, I gained the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in my chosen field.Additionally, Islington College's strong ties with industry partners and organisations provided valuable internship opportunities and job placements for students, allowing me to connect with professionals in the field and gain insights into industry trends. he supportive faculty at Islington College served as mentors dedicated to student success, providing guidance and encouragement throughout my academic journey. Furthermore, the college offered a range of career development resources, which proved invaluable in preparing me for the job market and shaping my professional profile.

Do you think being in ICK has contributed to your achievements?

Absolutely, being a part of Islington College Kathmandu (ICK) has undeniably contributed significantly to my achievements. The college helped me grow not just academically but also personally and professionally. Providing me with networking opportunities and platforms to spread my wings. The college provided me with a conducive learning environment, rigorous academic programs, and ample opportunities for personal and professional growth. The curriculum at ICK was meticulously designed to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the subjects while also incorporating practical, industry-relevant elements. Through hands-on projects, internships, and industry connections facilitated by the college, I gained valuable experience and insights that prepared me for the challenges of the real world. Moreover, the supportive faculty at ICK played a crucial role in guiding and mentoring me throughout my academic journey. Their expertise, encouragement, and unwavering support were instrumental in helping me navigate challenges and seize opportunities. Additionally, the diverse and vibrant community at ICK provided a platform for networking, collaboration, and personal development. Overall, I firmly believe that my achievements are a testament to the invaluable contributions of Islington College Kathmandu to my academic and professional journey.

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