Thu 12 Jul 2018

From India to Eltham

The contribution of international students trained at WITT has been emphasised by the success of former student Pratik Bhavsar.

 Pratik has secured full time work with the Carac Group in Eltham.

Faculty leader Carol Curtin says amid the national publicity about overseas students studying in New Zealand and the tightening of regulations enabling them to come here, success stories often go unnoticed.

“We are certainly aware of a lot of them, because we track where our students go once they leave WITT,” she said.

Pratik selected New Zealand, and WITT, as the ideal place to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management. He arrived in New Zealand in February 2017.

 “One of my friends suggested WITT. I searched it on internet and found it was the perfect combination of what I was looking for as it included subjects like supply chain management and operations management.”

Not to mention New Plymouth has an active club cricket scene which Pratik invested in immediately by joining the Old Boys club.

Pratik Rajendra Bhavsar was born in Pathankot, Punjab and bought up in all over India because his father was serving the Indian Air Force and transferred every three years.

“My passion and first love is cricket but my father wanted me to join one of the Indian Armed Forces so in between our fights I ended up being a mechanical engineer from Nashik, Maharashtra and worked as a project trainee in Bosch, India. During my training I discovered that I had the technical mechanical knowledge but lacked the managerial knowledge so was pretty keen to study and obtain a degree in project management.”

Pratik describes himself as a “kind of wanderlust person” – so he decided to study abroad for a change.

He was presented an opportunity to secure a job after his course and was selected by the Carac Group where he did his final project work.

 “I am looking forward to using all my technical and managerial skills for the benefit of Carac as they have given me a platform to showcase my raw talent in their well established and experienced company,” he says.

Pratik is also a confirmed fan of his new province and is looking forward to staying.

“Taranaki like no other is the most beautiful place I have ever seen and I am living a life just as I wanted to,” he says.