Shireesh N. shares his experience at Warshash Maritime Academy.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at Warshash Maritime Academy. How does it feel to be at Warshash Maritime Academy, UK?
A :- Well so far I am feeling great to be the part of Warsash because of the campus location and modern equipment’s they have. Quite impressed with Library & IT suite.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I am doing Officer of the Watch (OOW)course. This is the way I became a Second Mate in Merchant Navy.
Q :- Why did you choose the UK for higher education?
A :- In Merchant Navy field, UK certificates have highest value than any other national certificates and the job opportunities are plenty.
Q :- How is Warsash Maritime Academy different than any other UK University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- I heard this is the best college for OOW course in UK because of their strict policies.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Well! so far I am happy.
Q :- Where do you eat? Do you cook yourself?
A :- I cook myself and eat at home.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I live off campus since on campus is quite expensive.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the UK for higher studies?
A :- UK immigration laws have become very strict. Their college attendance will be sent to Border agency so they'll know how serious are you about your studies. Students coming to UK for aspiring education should make sure they complete their studies seriously on time. Also part time jobs is a serious problem here as of now.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country UK?
A :- Well people are seemed to be sincere in their jobs & time. Technically much advanced than India. Customer care services are quite polite towards the people.
Q :- How are the studies in the UK different than the studies in India ?
A :- Technology is the key difference between both the countries. Ofcourse India is also technically advanced but not much in comparing with UK.
Q :- Is it worth spending so much money to get a degree from the UK as compared to similar degree in India with lower costs?
A :- Yes it does worth. In my case I was left with no option to do the same course in India because of some local rules.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- As I told it would be too early for me to advice since it's been only few days I am in UK.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the UK?
A :- Finance is the most important factor. Since the climate is very cold students have to adapt to the local conditions which is not a big issue.
Q :- What are your future plans?
A :- I'd join back the ships and continue my job.
Q :- How did you fund your higher education?
A :- Have taken loan from Credila.
Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
A :- Credila’s process is quicker than any other bank and it funds any approved course. And lot of small reasons to say.
Q :- If Credila arranges a chat session with you for prospective students sometime in the future, will you be available for the chat on Cedilla’s expert chat session?
A :- Can't assure since I am off to seas most of the time but will opt to.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Students coming to UK should not consider part time job as of now because of recession. Make sure to have enough funds for their education and stay in UK.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- No.