Looking back, I find it hard to imagine how I dragged myself out of bed, bleary-eyed and exhausted, at 4am. Balancing a full-time job, college work, and family commitments is no walk in the park. But for me, it was an exciting challenge that reshaped my future in the most rewarding ways.

Stepping into Quest Global back in 2018 was the start of a remarkable journey for me. Initially on a contract, my dedication and the supportive environment and belief in my potential quickly led to a permanent role in just six months. It was a pivotal moment when my manager, a constant pillar of support, encouraged me to pursue an engineering degree.

Admittedly, doubts clouded my mind at first. With a solid diploma from GTTC (Government Tool room and Training Centre) under my belt, the idea of getting a Bachelors degree seemed like a distant dream. My father, a source of inspiration and support had pushed me towards getting the diploma so I could get a job quickly, and with three sisters studying, finances were tight. However, my manager’s insightful guidance showed me the doors that an engineering degree could open for me. And so, in 2019, I took a leap of faith and enrolled in evening classes at BMS College in Bangalore.

Balancing work and studies was no easy feat. From closing shifts at work at 3pm, to getting back home and then rushing straight to college classes became my daily routine. The final year brought even more challenges as I bridged the gap from my diploma studies while also dealing with my dad’s poor health and other family issues. But giving up was never an option. With the support and encouragement of Quest Global, my lecturers, and my college friends, I kept pushing forward.

Early mornings became my sanctuary. Rising at dawn, before the world woke up, gave me time to complete assignments and projects before my morning cab ride. Every spare moment was dedicated to studying – even commutes became learning opportunities.

For me, the unexpected slowdown brought on by the pandemic gave me the space and time to manage my workload. Finally, in 2021 I proudly held my hard-earned engineering degree. The degree wasn’t just technical knowledge but a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. My confidence blossomed, especially in overcoming my fear of connecting with others.

Looking back, the road was challenging and I nearly threw the towel in several times, but today, I stand tall as an engineer, the proud holder and only one in my family with a Bachelors in Engineering.

This transformative journey shaped me into a more skilled professional, a stronger individual, and an inspiration to my family. In the world of Quest Global, I’m surrounded by people who advocate growth, and I’m ready to seize the opportunities that come my way with passion and excitement. The future’s bright.

Written by Divya Dg

on 23 May 2024

Senior Engineer