Prize Giving 2017 case study: Tibor Ovari

Tibor Ovari is 25 years old. He lives in Edinburgh but is originally from Hungary. He studies MI Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. Tibor is one of the award winners receiving his accolade at the Edinburgh College Prize Giving ceremony this evening. Here he tells us about his time at Edinburgh College.

1. What made you choose Edinburgh College for your studies?
I chose Edinburgh College because I wanted to improve my skills in the automotive industry and the college was able to provide this. I was also interested in gaining new qualifications and experiences.

2. What were you doing before starting at the college?
Before joining the college I was an apprentice panel beater at Volkswagen in Hungary.

3. What has been the best thing so far about studying at Edinburgh College? Any highlights?
The best thing about studying at Edinburgh College was that I gained my Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. It’s also a really friendly and supportive environment with a professional attitude to students. I’ve gained really good skills and knowledge for when I finish college and enter the industry for work.

4. Have you faced any challenges, either before starting or during your studies? How did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge was English as it is my second language. It wasn’t easy to overcome but luckily the support from my lecturers helped me to get to as high a level as possible.

5. If you could give one piece of advice to a student starting at the college now, what would it be?
My advice to any future students is not to be scared to join Edinburgh College. It will definitely help you to gain the right skills, which are very important for you to get into the industry you want. The college gives you industry-recognised qualifications.

6. What are your plans for the future? Are you going on to further study after college or into employment? What is your end goal?
Studying at the college helped me to get employment at Stagecoach Group as a bus mechanic, where I started in 2015. I was doing night shift most of the time and college in the morning. I hope to take a bit of a break to relax but I will be back to get higher qualifications such as an HNC or HND in engineering in the near future.

7. Do you have any messages for the lecturers?
I would really like to mention William Hadden and Robert Vass as these are two extremely hard-working people and have played a key role in my life. They are my role models in the automotive industry. William helped me to get the experience I need in the workshop and Rob helped me with my theory throughout my studies. They are talented lecturers with great backgrounds and people skills. They are my heroes.

8. Looking back, is there anything you would do differently?
Looking back there is nothing I would do differently. I always try to make sure I am doing the right thing in order to prevent any future regret. I do need to mention that I will be very sad to leave the college because I love it so much.

9. What are you most proud of that you have achieved while studying at Edinburgh College?
I’m proud that I have achieved my qualification and the experiences I have had. I am also proud to be awarded Student of the Year in the automotive industry between 2016/2017.

I remember the day I went to my college interview in 2013 – it feels like yesterday. I never thought that I would get so much out of it but I did and I’m very delighted. Finally, I also want to say I met one of my best friends for life at the college.