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Chief Engineer Qasenivalu Presses On Regardless

  Chase your dreams and give it ago, says engineer Isikeli Qasenivalu. Even if you fail, you will never regret it. The MV Iloilovatu chief engineer, 37, of Vunimono Village
28 Feb 2018 14:28
Chief Engineer Qasenivalu Presses On Regardless
MV Iloilovatu.

 

Chase your dreams and give it ago, says engineer Isikeli Qasenivalu. Even if you fail, you will never regret it.

The MV Iloilovatu chief engineer, 37, of Vunimono Village near Nausori chased his dream despite the tough going.

“My journey is about how much better it is to live a life in which you chased your dreams, even if you know that you will fall short,” Mr Qasenivalu said.

He had always wanted to be a sailor. After failing the Form Six external exam at Lelean Memorial School; he refused to give up.

He said in 2000 there was a shortage of students at the Fiji Maritime Academy.

“The then Qarase government prepared for an exam which we students could sit for as an entrance at the Fiji Maritime Academy,” he said.

“I saw this as an opening and a second chance; I made sure I was one of the few students from Lelean Memorial School that sat that exam.

“The same day, I received the result that I was accepted at the maritime academy. All I did that day was crying.

“In 2005, I graduated from maritime academy and I have not looked back nor have regretted a thing.

“The same year, I made my wedding vows and my daughter was born.

“It does not mean that it is the end of the road when you fail. You must never give up, there is always a second, third and the fourth time. Failure and I cannot do it should not be the answer,” he said.

In 2008,Mr Qasenivalu secured his job on the MV Iloilovatu.

“I have worked here for ten years, I applied for this position in 2008,” he said.

“I was surprised I got the position – this was more a turning point for me.

“I enjoy working here as I get to meet ministers and Government officials.”

He tries to set an example for his 13-year-old daughter.

“I want to let my siblings and children in my village know that no matter where we are located or the hardships we go through, we can succeed,” he said.

“All it takes is a lot of determination and sacrifice.”

He said he would like to sail in an overseas vessel in the future.

“In ten years from now, I see myself visiting overseas on an international   vessel,” he said.

Mr Qasenivalu’s achievements had set a benchmark to his family and an inspiration to his relatives and friends.

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