Go beyond your comfort sphere to succeed

To succeed in life one must have a goal and it requires action in order to achieve it. Ivan Koreta, a third year student of BSc. Computer Engineering inspires his fellow students to act on their dreams as the only foundational key to success.

Ivan Koreta, a third year student of BSc. Computer Engineering at UTAMU

Koreta works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an IT & Protocol Support Officer attached to the Directorate of Protocol & Public Diplomacy. He narrates to the UTAMU News desk on how internship has granted him access to sections of governance and systems in country that he never thought he would go to.

QN: What is your perception to the UTAMU policy sending students for internship every academic year?

Ivan: I would first of all appreciate whoever birthed this particular idea of internship by UTAMU because it not only introduces you to the employment field but it also gives you ample time to experience and interact to a great extent with the working section of this country.

QN: What was your experience at your first internship place?

Ivan: My first experience was quite challenging given the fact that I had to adapt to the dynamics of the Ministry and its quite complex schedule of work. However with guidance, I duly completed my assignments there which resulted into being retained.

QN: How many companies have you trained from since you joined UTAMU?

Ivan: I have so far trained with one government entity, which is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kampala-Uganda. It has however given me chance to train twice.

QN: What have you benefited from your internship/community engagement?

Ivan: I have developed a sphere of contact persons and have been granted access to sections of governance and systems in country I had no idea I would see.

QN: Tell us about your job and how you managed to get a job while still studying?

Ivan: I work as an IT & Protocol Support Officer attached to the Directorate of Protocol & Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was retained by the Ministry to work with them on a number of assignments and projects as availed from time to time. The terms and references for this arrangement were clearly drawn and am pretty much okay with them. 

QN: What is your say on the UTAMU teaching and learning policy?

Ivan: The UTAMU teaching and learning policy equips you with the required skills to reckon with the world as it is. It is however upon your strengths that you can either harness these skills to achieve your aspirations or fail to utilize them.

QN: Any encouraging words to your fellow colleague/students?

Ivan: Action is the foundational key to all success. Go beyond your comfort sphere and do the things you thought impossible. Fruits will be realized in due time. Life, I have realized, is trying things to see if they work. 

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