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Cultural collaboration at Lincoln invaluable in career

19 Dec Cultural collaboration at Lincoln invaluable in career

Vivek Masoji’s exposure to a range of cultures while studying at Lincoln University is contributing to his career. 

Vivek Masoji’s exposure to a range of cultures while studying at Lincoln University is contributing to his career.

Vivek, from Kolhapur, in India’s Maharashtra State did a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science, studying Food Science, in 2016.

Now he is working for dairy company Fonterra as a microbiology laboratory technician.

“The study was extremely helpful as I was exposed to people from different cultures that also studied at Lincoln University. During studies, everyone was divided into groups for laboratory work/ research work. This has made me capable of working with people from different backgrounds with ease, which is certainly an essential trait at my current workplace,” Vivek said.

“I was interested in Food Science subjects after my studies back in India. Therefore, I enrolled for papers such as Food Microbiology, Food Biochemistry, Food Processing and Quality, Food Contamination and Security, Advanced Microbiology and Applied Toxicology.
“I gained much more significant inputs about these subjects during my studies at Lincoln University’s Food Science course. Moreover, laboratory work that was an essential part of these courses helped me learn a more ‘hands-on’ approach when it came to studies of various food samples.”

He said studies in New Zealand are based on self-understanding of a topic, which was a major difference to studies in India.

“In India, there are usually no topics assigned to students, and examinations are of utmost importance.
“Here in New Zealand, the topics were assigned to each and every student, which were to be submitted back to the professor within a specific timeframe. Therefore, the grade that a particular student is achieving is through their own work and has enough time for completion, unlike exams at the end of the year.”

He found New Zealand study to be “more relaxed, non-restricted and self-paced, with total control of the grades in the hands of the student”.

While he appreciated these differences he admits it was a challenge at first.

“It was completely a new experience, or rather a challenge for a student like me who came from exam based study pattern.
“However, the study at Lincoln was never tiresome, in fact it was enjoyable.”

Vivek said the Lincoln University Student Association, along with various clubs that exist at campus and the friendly University lecturers, made sure that there was never a dull day

“Also, the availability of computer suites and the play areas (the Workshop) ensured that everyone had equal access to the studies as well as fun games, as per the proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
“The tutors at Lincoln University were also extremely helpful and friendly. They had immense knowledge in their respective subjects and were always there when anyone faced any difficulties in their studies. They were prompt in marking the assignments and replying to emails no matter how busy they were.”

He said the highlight of his time at Lincoln University would definitely be getting into the Deans’ List for achieving straight ‘A’ grades in his first semester.

“I also scored an overall distinction in the course that I undertook. This wouldn’t have been possible without the tutors and my colleagues at the University.
“Other highlight of my time at Lincoln would be being a committee member of the Lincoln University International Students Club and being President of the Indian Students club. These experiences helped me develop my people skills and leadership skills and ensured I was an active part of various events that were held at Lincoln.”

A piece of advice to students in India who are thinking about study abroad was to not worry about the different study pattern “as it is not difficult.”

“Studying abroad comes with heaps of advantages such as exposure to different cultures, and getting to know some amazing people while you study. Hard work is the key to overcome the challenges and in the end, you will definitely emerge as a more confident and more study oriented person.”

He said that Christchurch Educated Job Ready Programme also helped him to understand what exactly an employer wanted in a potential candidate, how to format CV and cover letters for “a Kiwi employer”, find different job search websites and how to attend the interviews . 

Source from Lincoln University

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