Pursuing undergraduate study was on Ankita Sigdel’s mind since finishing high school in her home country of Nepal, at age 18.
After spending some time at home in Kathmandu with family and taking a study break teaching IELTS in an education consultancy, Ankita decided to move to New Zealand to study.
She had heard about UCOL’s programmes providing hands on skills to students, and had always wanted to learn science by doing it, so enrolled in the two year, full time National Diploma in Science (level 6) and moved to Palmerston North.
While at UCOL, Ankita learnt the laboratory techniques, theories and process to become a skilled laboratory technician. She says the industry placement she completed at AgResearch Ltd’s Grasslands Campus in Palmerston North in her second year of the programme was the best thing that happened to her, personally as well as professionally. “It not only helped me to learn so many techniques and led to a summer internship but I also made really good friends there who are now like family here in New Zealand.”
The door to the science and technology field was truly opened for Ankita when, after completion of her UCOL placement and qualification, she was selected to work as a summer student at AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute. Through this position she was able to gain even more experience and tick another box on her CV.
Ankita is now employed as a Lab Technician at Biotelliga Ltd based in Pukekohe, a region of intense horticultural activity in New Zealand. Her role includes strain management, lab management and working as a production technician.
Having been with the company since September 2014, Anikta is really enjoying using her skills learnt at UCOL to make a contribution to society.
“Our company develops and produces biological alternatives for pesticides. To know you play a role in trying to reduce the toxicity in the food chain, even if it’s a small role, is the best part of the job.”
Biotelliga develops and produces biological, sustainable, non-synthetic chemical based crop protection solutions for the effective management and control of pests and diseases. It brings together scientists with vision and credentials to develop new products and break new ground in the provision of sustainable solutions in partnership with key stakeholders.