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Gounder Forges Ahead In Male Dominated Field

Growing up, Ms Goundar thought of becoming a cashier, but when she was in high school, she was inspired by her aunt’s advice to do something ordinary, to accomplish something in a male dominated field.
31 Jan 2022 11:52
Gounder Forges Ahead In Male Dominated Field
Navashree Nidhii Goundar with her parents Priya Anjani and Adi Narayan Goundar.

Navashree Nidhii Goundar, 23, is the only female from her batch to graduate with Diploma in Land Surveying from the Fiji National University (FNU).

Ms Goundar’s passion for the land and what can be done to develop it led her to pursue the studies guided by her mother and an aunt.

Growing up, Ms Goundar thought of becoming a cashier, but when she was in high school, she was inspired by her aunt’s advice to do something ordinary, to accomplish something in a male dominated field.

 

Background

Being the only child and raised by her grandparents in Ba, she explored the beauty of the land and had a close connection with nature.

The former Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School student was adamant to continue with her studies despite the challenges she faced.

She said there were a lot of criticisms from families and friends who ridiculed her for taking up studies not many women ventured into.

 

Career path

Ms Goundar believes women are capable of doing what men can do. That’s what motivated her to study land surveying.

“It is a career path, always in demand in Fiji and abroad,” Ms Goundar said.

“I studied food science in high school and had to struggle during the first semester on the basics of TD (technical drawing) but fortunately the head of school, colleagues and classmates encouraged me and assisted me throughout my classes.

“The class was male dominated but there was not sense of discrimination but rather they pushed me to do my best and helped where I needed guidance. I am grateful for that.”

She is also grateful to do her studies through the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS).

Ms Goundar encouraged youths to take up new challenges and explore all kind of jobs available and needed in the job market.

“Sky is the limit and there will be so many negative comments. You rise above them and do what you’re here to do. Then work towards it,” she said.

In order to graduate in a span of three years, she completed 26 units and six months attachment at Land Solution Consultation.

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