Vickram's story

Vickram Dhami

After graduating from high school I was declined entry to all the universities I applied for, so I felt I was left with pretty much no opportunities. I spent a year searching for entry level work in the engineering sector but was unsuccessful, so I became extremely insecure about study and work. The only institution to see potential in me was City of Glasgow College.

During my first year at the college I began to notice that the staff had the ability to see potential in every student and to tap into it. They did this by providing guidance, mentoring and consistently motivating us. Most importantly, they helped students to believe in themselves.

For my HND I was required to design and build a domestic scale wind turbine that would be able to produce electrical power.  During the testing phase of the project, the turbine failed to produce electricity. Having no previous electrical experience, I was on the verge of giving up but I persevered, and created an electrical circuit in two days.

I’ve now gone on to further my education at Robert Gordon University and have entered directly into third year Mechanical Engineering. As I reflect back on my time at college I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life so far. It transformed me into a real engineer who’s hands-on and can solve real problems under pressure. Employers take me more seriously and I’m always getting phone calls from recruitment firms.

I think it’s safe to say that going to City of Glasgow College has been the best decision of my life so far. I wouldn’t have achieved what I have if it wasn’t for the learning environment created by the lecturers and staff there.

I think it’s safe to say that going to City of Glasgow College has been the best decision of my life so far.

Vickram Dhami