After launching her career back home in the Philippines, Kiran headed Down Under to Aspire2 International to sharpen her skills, boost her qualifications and gain international industry experience. She has now graduated and has a fantastic job as a business analyst in the heart of Auckland city.
What brought you to Aspire2 International?
Back home I was working full time for HP as a technology consultant and I was also working part time as an IT professor at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. I was keen to study overseas and gain a Graduate Diploma in IT, which is a combination of programming and networking. I’d read several good reviews about Aspire2 and also had some friends studying there and they highly recommended it. I enrolled, believing that Aspire2 would help me hone my skills and bring out the best in me. It was a smart decision.
What were some of the aspects you most enjoyed about studying at Aspire2 International?
Studying there was amazing. It’s a place where diversity is welcomed, and everyone is accepted. The campus was filled with people from different nationalities and backgrounds. That taught me a lot about working and dealing with people from other cultures. It was very helpful. My tutors were wonderful too – very kind and approachable, and they always did their best to make things manageable for us, whilst also ensuring we received a world-class education.
Did you manage to secure relevant part time work during your studies?
Yes! Aspire2 gives students assistance with their CVs and cover letters and also helps with things like interview preparation. This support proved invaluable for me. They helped me create a CV which really stood out, and during my studies I landed a part time job as an ambassador for Microsoft. On top of that, I was given the chance to travel to Sydney to attend a conference and I was awarded Rookie of the Year 2017.
You graduated earlier this year. What are you doing now?
I now work full time as a business analyst for a gaming startup company. My job involves analysing the organisational structure and processes and developing solutions to increase business efficiency. I apply the skills I learnt at Aspire2 International – particularly those around teamwork – every day.
Later this year I hope to start my Master’s in Information Technology at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), as this will help me achieve my long term goal of eventually becoming a manager and leading my own team.
What has your experience of New Zealand been like?
It has been amazing. It was a very good decision to come to New Zealand and study with Aspire2 International.