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Ajin Joe Mathews

Graduate Diploma in Project Management Graduate

A photograph of UCOL Project Management Graduate Ajin Joe Mathews at a bar.

After completing a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Technology in his home country of India, Ajin Joe Mathews wanted to branch off into Project Management and gain some experience overseas.

Ajin Joe worked in the construction industry in India for a year after finishing his Master of Technology. Project Management had piqued his interest while studying Construction, and he decided to take his career in that direction. 

He enrolled in UCOL’s Graduate Diploma in Project Management, having been impressed by UCOL’s emphasis on hands-on learning. 

“Even before moving to New Zealand I was impressed by the practical learning stressed by UCOL. I found that the classes were more interactive than in the Indian education system, making it more engaging.” 

“I wanted the experience of studying overseas and to learn about the current trends in the global industry. As New Zealand is a hub of tourist activity, I found out that there’s great scope for contemporary studies in Project Management. 

“The standard of life that a job in the Construction industry in New Zealand offers also appealed to me. Ever since I moved to New Zealand the country has welcomed me.” 

Ajin Joe says he had overwhelming support from UCOL staff from the moment he arrived, making him feel comfortable in his new environment.

“The lecturers always pushed me to think about the practical aspects of management, and helped me grasp the basics of management skills. They prepared me for the real world by giving me the tools to engage in personally driven research. I got to learn everything about the industry while having a lot of fun gaining the knowledge.”

Aiin Joe says the programme gave him good insight on the different processes and procedures to follow to complete a project, and how to solve problems in tight situations. 

“Throughout the programme I gained the self-belief that I could sort out any practical issues that might pop up during a project. The balance of technical and practical knowledge also made the course very helpful.” 

While studying, Ajin Joe had a stint as a Project Administrator Intern at Smith & Sons in Palmerston North. He says this helped him gain his current position as a Residential Estimator/Quantity Surveyor with Euro Corporation in Christchurch.

“Taking up an internship in my field was definitely the right decision instead of applying for part-time jobs that might not necessarily be in the construction industry. The internship was a stepping stone to a career in the industry as I could understand first-hand how the industry worked.”

Ajin Joe’s future goal is to become a Construction Project Manager. 

“One thing about management is that there is always an opportunity to learn more and grow and I’m in hot pursuit of knowledge. This country has given me some great opportunities, so I want to play my role in helping it as it grows.” 

Euro Corporation is a New Zealand owned and operated company, employing over 500 staff across its three business units, EuroSteel, Complete Reinforcing, and Conslab.

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