I also enrolled with CIMA, and it was yet another non-optional mistake of my life as a person who “hates” studying. After few months, I heard from a friend about the enrollment for the new Bachelor of Science in IT batch of SLIIT. For the first time in my life, I felt an enthusiasm towards the education. It was also a flash back that reminded me how much I loved computers and such devices, but unlike a typical teenager I had no interest towards games but to tryout software products such as Maya, 3D Studio Max, Fruity Loops, Reason, Adobe products and etc. I was a quick learner in software product use but never crossed the mind to make a career out of it. Therefore with a lot of hope I joined SLIIT in year 2008, leaving a full stop to my studies in commerce.
SLIIT was a brand new life for me, and the subjects were really interesting and challenging. Initially I was worried because the majority of the students were from the Mathematics stream but it did not take so long to realize that it does not matter. My passion towards the technology and the enthusiasm to regularly practice what I learned, led me to very good results in the exams. Programming algorithms, networking, deep studies on computers, lab sessions were irresistible. I completed the first year of my degree with a GPA of 3.8 impressing both parents and myself. Since my ambition was to become a Software Engineer, I spent more time to learn programming and even completed Sun Certified Java Programmer certification over the vacation. During the second year, we were informed by SLIIT about a scholarship program conducted by Virtusa, one of the leading software companies in Sri Lanka. Students having a GPA above 3.5 were eligible to apply but only 19 were selected, and I was lucky to be included.
After a few months of training, Virtusa allocated our batch for actual project work and life became more challenging with the new responsibilities. It was a fabulous opportunity for an undergraduate like me, to be a trainee software engineer and apply the knowledge as I learn it. Being in the industry made it easier to learn new subjects and it helped me to score the perfect GPA, 4.0 and even to earn a scholarship from SLIIT. Beginning of the final year in 2010, I was selected into the Global Technology Office (GTO), a sub division of the Research and Development account at Virtusa. It was an exceptionally synergetic team and its leadership had always been very supportive towards both my education and career. I was given greater responsibilities while in GTO but as a price life became restless with the final year project with missing members, assignments and exams. 2 to 3 hours sleeps for several months became painful with long hours at work and everlasting exam stress. I realized that it was the climax of my education and with my family’s support I was able to withstand. I performed very well in both work and studies. Finally after a tremendous effort, I was awarded with a first class degree from SLIIT and a promotion from Virtusa as an Engineer along with a scholarship. There was nothing I needed more.
It was only 3 years back when I made my greatest decision to switch my field of study and it has now proven correct. Today, I have become a Senior Consultant at a fast growing international company at my age of 28 being forever grateful to my family and SLIIT for leading me there.