Success Stories

A look at some success stories of Kenyan students, who studies in Australia

Victoria University
Nursing

Olive Rutto

The teaching at VU is impeccable. The lecturers and tutors are always ready and willing to help. The placements I got were very practical and relatable to each and every thing we learned in class. I loved my experience at VU and I would highly recommend it to others. ”





















































































Griffith University
Aviation

Oscar Soi

FROM BAGGAGE HANDLER TO CAPTAIN. Oscar Soi always knew he wanted to become a pilot from when he was just a toddler. After researching tertiary options to begin his dream career, Oscar chose to study a Bachelor of Aviation degree at Griffith which ultimately led him to achieve his goal of becoming a commercial airline pilot. Oscar now works as a Captain of the Embraer 190 for Kenya Airlines in his hometown in Africa. Read more of Oscar’s story below.

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS OR ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE GRADUATING?
My first job in the aviation industry was as a baggage handler at Brisbane Airport in 2010. I came to Kenya and got a job as a ground school instructor at a flight school in 2011. In 2012 had a brief stint in general aviation.

It was quite challenging at first, but I finally got my first job on a Cessna 182 doing hops from Nairobi to and from the Masaai Mara and Serengeti game reserves.

“I WOULD CARRY EVERYTHING FROM PASSENGERS TO FOOD SUPPLIES AND MEDICINE AND EVEN GOT TO SEE THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION FROM THE AIR. I HAVE LOTS OF FOND MEMORIES OF CHASING ZEBRAS AND GIRAFFES OFF THE LANDING STRIPS SO THAT I COULD LAND SAFELY.”
Eventually, I got the chance to fly a Cessna Caravan (my first turbine engine!) with the Kenya Wildlife Service into some of the most remote areas on the continent. It was some of the best real life experience getting to fly game wardens into national parks to fight off poachers. My time on the caravan even took me into the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic just as the civil war was breaking out.

I got my big break joining Kenya Airways as a First Officer on the Embraer 190 in 2012. I got to fly regionally around the African continent for four years before being promoted to the B737-700/800. My regular route network now includes Africa at large, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

In June 2019 I took the next step forward in my career. I was given the chance to upgrade to Captain. I accepted the opportunity and went through what has been the most challenging training program I have ever experienced. Thankfully on November 1, 2019 I passed my final command check and I got my very own set of 4 bar epaulettes. I officially became an Embraer 190 captain at Kenya Airways! It has been a truly humbling experience and I learn more and more each day on the job. 

Victoria University
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering)

Pooja Haria

The Victoria University (VU) alumna graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) in 2017, defying the odds of growing up in a low-income family in poverty-stricken Kenya to gain an international education.

BREAKING INTO A MALE-DOMINATED DOMAIN
After completing her VU degree, Pooja launched head-first into a typically male-dominated career in mining with an internship at Rio Tinto’s Weipa operations in Far North Queensland, where she was quickly promoted to a graduate role as the only female mechanical engineer.

Pooja’s leadership qualities were evidenced by her being entrusted with a $2 million capital project while still a graduate, and eventually serving as acting railway superintendent at Weipa.

In April 2020 she moved to WA to work as a reliability engineer at the Solomon Mine for Fortescue Metals Group, driving key improvements in the site’s lubrication systems.

AWARD NOMINATION 'HUMBLING'
'Humbled' and 'excited' are the words she uses to describe her nomination for the prestigious Women in Resources Awards.

“When I learnt I was a finalist I was blown away and didn't know what to think. I still continue to have mixed emotions of joy and disbelief.”

VU INSTRUMENTAL IN LAUNCHING CAREER
Pooja says her time at VU has been instrumental in shaping her thriving career trajectory.

“VU, the students and most importantly my lecturers have definitely played a major role in helping me to get where I am today. Their support and guidance throughout my undergraduate degree has definitely been important.”

As a young woman in a male-dominated field, her advice for aspiring females in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industry is this:

“If you are thinking about pursuing a career in STEM don't be afraid of the unknown; it's a rewarding career and you will make a difference.”















Griffith University
Health Services Management

Mercy
Nyachoga

Griffith University gave me a chance to reinvent myself as I dived in and explored the many learning opportunities it gave me and made me meet amazing people and friends along the way. I have grown both personally and professionally. As the legendary Nelson Mandela once said "Education is the most powerful weapon, that you can use to change the world” We came we saw and we definitely concurred!















































































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