Sri Lankan IT Exec Makes His Way To The UK With Help From The Edith Cowan MBA
Rangana De Silva graduated from the Edith Cowan MBA in 2008 and has since worked in Sri Lanka, Australia and the UK
Sri Lankan Rangana De Silva decided to do an MBA because he wanted an international career, and the Edith Cowan University MBA hasn't disappointed him.
Rangana, 33, gained his BSc. in Computing and Information Systems from the London Metropolitan University in 2003 but wanted an MBA so that he could differentiate himself from other techies. “Tech solutions need to fit business requirements too”, he says.
Rangana had worked in several project management roles for IT solutions providers including WaveNet Ltd. AG Soft Ltd. and Virtusa Ltd., all based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He also wanted to experience working abroad, especially in Europe. Since graduating from the Edith Cowan MBA in 2008, Rangana has worked with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, and for eNett, a payment solutions company for the travel industry. At eNett, Rangana was based in Australia and worked as a business analyst and project manager.
In 2011, Rangana began working as a business analyst for Intelligent Environments, a digital banking software provider based in the UK. In his current role, he oversees the smooth-running of client projects and maintains customer relationships during and after the projects.
He says the Edith Cowan MBA was essential in helping him find work in the UK, especially when it came to meeting immigration rules: “During the visa process, the MBA was a critical thing because it was one of the qualifications that lets you pass as a skilled worker”, says Rangana.
Rangana says he’s enjoying every bit of his UK work experience and often draws on the lessons learned during the MBA, especially when working with international clients. “It’s exciting because every day is different. One day clients give you all the requirements that they can think of and demand immediate solutions. Other times they may turn around and reject the product you’ve made for them saying it's not what they asked for or what their customers need”, he says.
Although the UK has tightened the rules for migrant workers entering the country, Rangana still sees it as a big market that will “open up opportunities to other parts of Europe”.
Rangana would eventually like to return to Sri Lanka to start a software consultancy but before that he would like to explore work opportunities in another European country and possibly Australia.
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