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Tobin John Varghese

tobin_john_-_warwick_ambsassador_photo.jpgCourse: MSc in Engineering Business Management 2010-11
Employer: KAEFER
Interests: Football, badminton, camping trips, trekking, social hangouts, movies etc.
Contact details:


Mobile No.: +966566835548
Tel. No: +966135107400 Ext: 168
Email: tobin_tjv@hotmail.co.uk


When were you at Warwick?
I joined Warwick in mid September 2010. I joined for the postgraduate program at WMG. My course was MSc in Engineering Business Management. My personal tutor was Dr Ian Tuersley and my thesis supervisor was Tim Rice. Other tutors whom I was involved with during the course were Paul Connor, Mairi Macintyre, Christopher Moir, Dr Adrian Watt, Bill Taylor, Morag Malins, Ian Hughes, Barry Winter, Kevin Fielding, Dr Jane Marshall and the WMG support staff.

All my tutors/ Warwick staff were wonderful and supportive and had good learning experience.

Do you have any fond memories?
My days at Warwick will always remain nostalgic. I made friends with a lot of people from various cultural backgrounds and had a good time during my stay in the UK. It was the time when we celebrated Cricket World Cup for India during live telecast at The Dirty Duck (a family-friendly pub).

Our University has got amazing grounds for playing various outdoor sports, good accommodation facilities and amenities. At the same time Warwick has got dedicated study halls 24/7 operational which allowed me to do my research and assignments on flexible schedules.

I had been a member of the Warwick sports club where they had great facilities such as badminton courts, squash, swimming pool etc. and excellent gymnasium at the sports centre which is one of my favourite places.

Where did you live while you were at Warwick?
I was living on the Earlsdon Road, Coventry. I got a furnished room in a wonderful house, good backyard and good housemates. At my house, we used to barbecue, have social night outs, and in fact study together.

Another thing is that it is easy to get to the University by the famous West Midlands Bus no 12 and also we could walk/ cycle ride to the University considering it as a good exercise.

Were you a member of any societies?
Yes, I was an active member of the Warwick societies and had good experience. The societies I was mainly involved with are Warwick UN, Warwick Entrepreneurs, Salsa society, Warwick Indian Cultural Society, and the Postgraduate Society.

What are you doing now?
Currently I am involved in procurement and supply chain management for a German company known as KAEFER, at their Saudi Arabia location. I got this job offer through interview held in India. The post graduate degree from Warwick and previous work experience contributed to attaining a good job offer in today’s competitive market.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?
It is a great privilege to be a Warwick ambassador representing the prestigious university where ever I go. It is a big responsibility and an honor of being an alumnus of a top ranking university. It is also rewarding by enabling strong networking with alumni members and helps build a good relationship with them. I would love to assist future university aspirants in making good decisions with programs present in the university.

From a professional perspective, I want good employers and recruiters to be aware of the high quality and potential of Warwick graduates.

Earlier I had been a WMG ambassador and some of the new students were able to recognize me through the WMG brochure photos released for 2012-2013. At the same time I had been involved with WMG, manufacturing organizations and advising future prospective postgraduates about the university programs that will be rewarding in their future career and the companies involved in innovations.

What kind of people make up the Warwick alumni community in your area? 
The Warwick alumni community here consists of engineers and postgraduate professionals holding key positions such as in project management, consultant roles etc. in reputed organizations. The community has locals and expats. They work in various sectors such as oil and gas/petrochemical, manufacturing sector, investment banking, public sector etc.

What kind of events do you run? Do you get a good turnout?
We used to have social gatherings when I was in UAE, Oman & India. Here in the Middle East we used to plan gatherings during public holidays, an annual get together etc. Sometimes we arrange friends get togethers on special occasions like weddings, birthdays etc. However we are hoping to improve our events and enhance our Warwick community into a more vibrant one in the near future.

Have you been back to Warwick recently?
Not yet. I hope to visit soon. It will be nostalgic. Also I am looking forward to pursuing my Executive MBA at Warwick Business School in the near future.

Anything else you care to add?
Being a Warwickian, I have changed my perspective of understanding things. I am now more curious and focused to find solutions to engineering problems, bring out new ideas through research and innovation etc. At WMG, it is all about innovation, hard work and experiencing engineering in the real world coupled with excellent management. It has also provided me good entrepreneurship skills, which helps in analyzing new business venture proposals where a lot of perspectives has to be considered.

I recommend that programs in Warwick are strongly focused on today’s market and industrial requirements while at the same time, it is very much rewarding in the future.