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Isn’t it amazing when days just pass by feeling like nothing has changed, but when you look back at those 365 days you realize you have achieved a lot during that time? Nolan Cardozo, the topper of the first batch of Manipal ProLearn’s PG Diploma in Data Science had a similar experience to share. A nostalgic Nolan recalled, “Being a part of the first batch of the program, I naturally had several questions in my mind. How would the course pan out? What would the faculty be like? How will the program help me transition into a corporate professional?”
A proud Nolan accepting his award of excellence being presented by Mr. S. Vaitheeswaran, CEO, MEMG; CEO and MD, MaGE.
And here Nolan is today, as the topper of the batch. What’s more, he also bagged a position with Gramener through campus placement. What can we say? There is no looking back for this outstanding learner! So let’s rewind his journey and find out what led him to the position he has reached today.
A dream come true!
“One year ago, I had a sole aim in my mind – to become a data scientist. With immense support from the institute, correct guidance, a comprehensive curriculum, and several practical learning sessions I have finally achieved my dream, but this is just the beginning.”
Nolan expressed his gratitude to Manipal ProLearn for giving him the opportunity and the required support to beat all the odds and reach his aim. Talking about Manipal’s support, Nolan said, “I still remember the first day I entered the institute, I was spellbound by the infrastructure not just in the classroom, but also in the hostel. That’s when I knew I had made the right choice.”
Further explaining how the faculty helped him strengthen his basics and learn as much as possible, he shared, “I cannot thank the faculty enough for their support. There were times when they went out of their way to help us, something I will always be grateful for. What I appreciate the most about the faculty is the fact that they place equal importance on imparting practical knowledge, which is a must especially in the data science industry. The workshops, seminars, and interactive sessions with industry experts assisted me in gaining greater industry insights ultimately, helping me secure a place in the industry!”
Nolan sharing his experience with the third batch of the program.
Not just practical skills, Manipal also focussed on the personality development of the students. Throwing more light on it, Nolan said, “Initially, I was not keen on the idea as I already had two years of work experience and thought that I don’t need to focus on personality development anymore. But I was wrong! Now, that I am a part of the industry, it is all falling into place as to why the program focussed on this aspect and how beneficial it has proved to all of us.”
Talking about Manipal’s support in landing the job of his choice, Nolan mentioned, “I cannot stress enough on the faculty’s support in helping me bag my dream job. Right from helping us create a stellar resume to building us networks in the industry, there isn’t a single aspect Manipal did not help us with. The institute provided us all the required support so the only thing left for us to do was to prove our mettle to the recruiters.”
“I still remember, when I was looking for relevant courses in data science, I saw Manipal’s website stating that they make their learners job-ready from day one. And guess what? They kept their promise,” recalled Nolan.
Mom’s the world!
Nolan sharing his moment of glory with his mother.
Lastly, talking about his source of inspiration, Nolan shared, “My mother is the biggest driving force in my life. She is a teacher herself and has always taught me the importance of working hard. She has always supported my decisions and whatever little I have achieved today is all because of her blessings!”
On that heart-warming note, we wish the best to Nolan for his challenging path ahead in the industry.