I grew up in Ceylon and my childhood memories are gathered around a school named St Thomas’ College – Mount Lavinia, well known as the ‘School by the Sea’. College was famous for traditions which promoted excellence as students, sportsmen, and attached a premium to honour, courage, fair-play and character in the hope of producing well-grounded gentlemen. Therefore as a school boy I have gone through several modes of disciplining including ‘on report’, detention, caning by sectional heads or the Warden.
On the completion of high school in 2008, I faced the dilemma of choosing my higher education path. After a lot of discussions with my family and friends I decided to pick Information Technology and become an IT Professional later in my career. I looked for a UK university to pursue my higher studies and after going through heaps of paper advertisements, I found the London School of Commerce. A few months later, my journey began with LSC in London and it was a life changing experience for me. In 2011, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Computing with a Second Class Upper Division from the University of East London.
Soon after the graduation, I returned to my hometown and started my first job as a Marketing Officer at the British School of Commerce (BSC), part of the LSC Group of Colleges, in Colombo. A couple of years later, I got the opportunity to undertake a Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA at BSC Colombo and I successfully completed this with a Merit.
To date I have been with LSC Group of Colleges for over eight years and in this time, as the Marketing Officer for over four and a half years. I have no regrets about the career choices I have made but with the benefit of hindsight, now I feel that perhaps I could have studied commerce or something related to marketing. In the early days of my career as a Marketer, my biggest challenge was my relative lack of marketing experience as my degree was based on IT. I have no regrets about the choices I have made. With the benefit of hindsight, now I feel I could have studied commerce or something related to marketing. However the word ‘challenge’ itself says that it’s going to be tough. I took those challenges as my building steps for my career and faced them with my faithful efforts to defeat them. That’s when I decided to read a MBA and face the challenges head-on. It allowed me to acquire a lot of new knowledge, essential for the continuation of my professional career. I benefited greatly from the education received from lecturers who have extensive knowledge and academic experience.
There have been many turning points in my life, but the most significant one was when I was ten years old. That’s when I got admission to St Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. Back then I was just a child, so I was not the one who made this decision but my parents who got me the opportunity and I am forever grateful to them.
I have learnt a lot in my career so far. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self that to have a well-balanced professional career, time management is extremely important. Making good use of time can produce a massive outcome in a limited time frame. My advice to others would be to always learn the game you are in and to follow the rules of the game as much as you can. I have also learnt that for me, long term goals are best achieved when I break them into shorter goals. My short term goal is to secure a managerial position at LSC to add value and continue to grow. My ultimate goal is to become a successful entrepreneur.