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Davis Nayagam had been working for over three years as Service Desk Analyst then Senior Technical Specialist at IDP Education’s Service Desk in Chennai when he felt it was time to pursue an international qualification. In 2014, attracted to the “most liveable city in the world,” he decided to pursue his Masters in Information Technology at Swinburne University in Melbourne. He shares with us his experiences as an international student.
1. How will you describe your experience coming to Australia as an international student?
It It was a hassle-free process. The pre-departure session organised by IDP Education was very helpful as I got a chance to meet with other students travelling to Melbourne, Australia especially those enrolled in my university. This helped in planning for accommodation, travel and the orientation day. Swinburne University also did a fine job welcoming us international students.
2. What was your motivation to apply to study abroad?
I have the passion to learn anything that’s new and I have always wanted to do a Masters degree in a foreign country. It gives the experience of tasting a different culture and teaches one to be self-motivated and independent. I believe it also brings forth a lot of employment opportunities and career growth.
3. What course are you taking now and in which institution? How are you finding it?
I am pursuing Masters in Information Technology at Swinburne University of Technology which is one of the top ranked universities in Australia. I admire Swinburne’s infrastructure, course structure, quality of course delivery and the facilities they offer − no regrets in choosing Swinburne over other universities. There are quite a lot of things to explore too, like they have a lot of communities, clubs and provide free assistance on personal development, career, job to name a few. In order to get the best out of the course and Swinburne, you have to work really hard and put in a lot of effort.
I am also fortunate to have been given a two-year Masters scholarship by Swinburne. By demonstrating excellent academic achievement, I received a significant reduction from my total course fees.
4. How are you finding life in Melbourne?
Melbourne provides a great environment for all ages and it is known for its culture, food, festival, events and sports. You will get a chance to travel on a German car to an American restaurant with your Pakistani and Chinese friends and eat an Italian dish cooked by an Indian chef and listen to music by an Australian artist. I am part of a cricket club so I play indoors, winter and summer cricket, badminton over the weekend with friends and also hit the gym. Melbourne has awesome landscapes, beaches, great roads for a long drive and the famous all climates in a single day. I love Melbourne and its perfect student-friendly atmosphere.
5. What are your future plans?
Right now I aim to complete my studies. However, because I love travelling, I would never miss a chance to explore more places. When it comes to work after my studies, I am driven to be the best at what I do. I want to work somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people from whom I can really learn. Lastly, I have fallen in love with this beautiful and amazing country and ever since I visited Tasmania, I have decided that Australia is my home.