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Canada: Offering a new horizon

A Carleton University alumnus talks about the many opportunities in the ‘Silicon Valley of the East Coast’ that challenged him to do his best

education Updated: Oct 06, 2010 09:33 IST

Amit Tacker is a BEng (2002) from Carleton University in Ottawa. Currently director, audio-visual sales, Tacker Technologies Pvt Ltd and owner and director, Donut Factory, he recounts his journey to Canada and back to his motherland, IndiaAs a high school student I always wanted to take on challenges in a new environment that was different in every aspect. For my higher education, I was looking for a place that would expose me to a mix of great education, culture and society, and that’s when Canada came to mind. It was a great help that my parents had spent six-seven years there; they were able to give me insights that made me curious about considering Canadian education as the next step.

On researching more, I realised that the future of a graduate student in Canada would be driven by an economy that still had a lot of growth potential, both in the private and public sectors. Further, I realised that governments all across Canada, with their socio-economic agenda, drove the education sector and ensured that education remained a possibility for every Canadian while at the same time opening doors to international students. It’s true that most universities are government-aided which gives a prospective student the chance to be part of an international school with a much more competitive tuition and living expense package than other international destinations.

All these factors were reconfirmed when I started my engineering studies on the beautiful and lush campus of Carleton University in Ottawa.

I didn’t know until my third year that I was in the Silicon Valley of the East Coast and was surrounded with opportunities that would challenge me to do my best. Not only did I have the opportunity to explore the great job market as a graduate but I was trained in hi-tech labs by great professors at the university.

My experience with fellow students and colleagues from different parts of the world made me a part of the global economy as I learnt to work and be successful in an environment of growth. My more than six years of exposure in the diverse Canadian environment now allows me to serve my diverse customer base in India professionally and my education at Carleton allows me to stay on top of my work.

Anything not-so-good about studying and staying there? The cold (weather), the change in the environment, the need to adjust to a different time zone, as well as not much availability of Indian food and culture could have a deterring effect but now the Indian community is much more widespread and visible so I wouldn’t count these as deterrents.

As told to Rahat Bano