My transformation from an Undergraduate to a Professional

Er. Usha Humagain
Civil Engineer

A girl, just after her undergraduate, goes to an office for interview with her dad. Having no professional exposure before, she talks with the CEO of the organization with nervousness and enthusiasm. She moves to the field very day thinking that how well the work might be.

There were ups and downs in her professional career. There were experienced colleagues and seniors to motivate her in every step at work. However, it was quite challenging for her to prove herself. But with her hard work and dedication, she was finally able to prove herself. After that there was never a look back for her in professional work. She did many projects funded by USAID, OXFAM, Concern Worldwide.

That girl is non other than me, Usha Humagain. I joined S.W. Nepal in July 2016. Being a fresh graduate, I had no in depth knowledge of civil engineering in real life scenario. Not knowing what to do and how to do, I joined S.W. Nepal. On the very first day of my office, I had the opportunity to work in rural terrains of Ramechhap under Sajedari Bikaas Project. Thankfully, there were experienced colleagues in fields to support and guide me in every moment, though experienced and experts were always there in centre office for back support.

Slowly and Steadily I learned the ways to deal in practical manner. I worked in nine districts: Gorkha, Dhading, Lamjung, Ramechhap, Mugu, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Nepalgunj, Sindhuli during my tenure in Scott Wilson. Working in these districts made me realize the benefits and the scope of my work. I was enlightened when I saw that my work was making a huge difference in many people lives. There were communities who were drinking water directly from fields or streams or rivers or ponds without any treatment. I worked to establish water supply system in these communities.

Like in every work, there were the moments of ups and downs. Sometimes, I felt the work so hectic that I wanted to leave the work thereafter, but the real enthusiasm, within me, to learn more and regular persistence in any situation did not allow me to leave job. Truly thanks to that learner inside me who always said, hey, wait a second you are learning this so why are you worried.”

Now, since late August 2018, I am doing my graduate in Civil and Environmental Engineering in University of Maine, USA. The experiences that I gained from Scott Wilson led me to this stage of life. I have aim of working for people of my country after my graduation. I do not know I will be making a big or small change from my work, but working in Nepal, for sure, will change my life. I am probably looking forward to work with Scott Wilson again.