Jerin Matthew is a graduate of UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems in Palmerston North.
Originally from Mumbai, India with parents from Kerala, Jerin has gone from strength-to-strength growing his passion into a career. Jerin moved to New Zealand from India in early 2018 following his love for travel when he discovered that
UCOL offered the kind of qualification that could benefit his already developing career and previous training.
“I already had industry experience and now I have the theoretical knowledge to go with it. The curriculum was a valuable add-on to what I already had, studying here just made sense.”
Jerin studied Electronic Engineering at The University of Mumbai and began his travels, visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal and then finally falling in love with New Zealand.
“Student life in Palmerston North
is great. UCOL has a lot of Indian students, which has been welcoming for me. What I love about UCOL is that you get all these cultures, religions and languages in the one space. As a student I used to sit in the atrium, even when I didn’t have any study to do because I loved being around the people here. The campus is open late so it meant I could get my work done and go home to not have to think about assignments, and even with the late nights, the campus always feels safe and secure.”
While studying at UCOL, Jerin also took up an internship with Sime Darby Commercial which gave him insight into the Business Analyst market here in New Zealand, and invaluable experience to which he credits some of his lecturers for recommending to him.
“The programme lecturers here have industry experience so everything they teach makes sense and helps you integrate into that industry.”
“Studying at UCOL was effective for me. Being a Polytech, it’s always being revised to match industry standards. Everything you learn is practical, that’s better than just learning from text books.”
After working for Spark New Zealand, Jerin is currently working as a Business Analyst for a reputable IT company.
“If a student is interested in taking this course, you should know that it’s great, and the industry is ready to have you if you work hard for it.”