Celso R. Ricciardi, a professional in Production Engineering, took a course at OISE Oxford. Celso was kind enough to sit down with us and tell
us about the course and the impact that further learning has had on his life.
- Celso, how did you first hear about OISE?
Through the booking office in Brazil. They were in charge of managing my registration, accommodation, tickets, and interview via Skype, etc. I did a full language skills test, both oral and written, to assess my level of English and this assigned me to a course and group best suited to my level. It all happened in just 10 days, from first contact to the moment I left for England.
- Could you tell us something about yourself and your career?
I graduated in Production Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlo and have worked in various national and international companies since. For the first 18 years I devoted myself to the areas of Logistics and Industrial Engineering and during the past 13 years I’ve specialised in Business Consulting Services and Information Technology.
- What motivated you to participate in an intensive English course?
Despite being in contact with English frequently, through reading, processing documents or sending emails to people from other countries, I always had some difficulty with the language, especially when I took part in meetings of international calls. My communication skills were inaccurate and listening to business English was unnecessarily stressful. For the longest time, I wanted to do an intensive course. But my schedule wouldn’t let me.
The moment a gap appeared, I saw it as the opportunity to invest in my career and study an OISE course in England.
- But why OISE?
When I contacted the booking office, the staff explained the format of the courses at OISE and, undoubtedly, OISE was presented as the perfect choice for my needs.
At first I had doubts. Did I study in Oxford or London? However, I ended up opting for Oxford, because it is a smaller city and has an easier route to the school. I could make the most of my time there and concentrate on my studies. The fact that not many Brazilians live in the city meant I could avoid other Portuguese speakers for a while and focus only on English.
- Would you recommend the course to others?
Of course! I'm already recommending OISE to my friends and professional colleagues who ask me about the experience.
- What is it that first struck you about the OISE courses that made them seem fit for your needs?
My first impression was a good one, from first contact via Skype with the course coordinator, to the way OISE welcomed and prepared new students. The format of the classes are dynamic and varied. Educational progress was complemented by discussions or focussed on daily news from the BBC and other world networks, allowing me to study precise vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar.
An important step in my development was practising my presentation skills. OISE students have to present a subject to the class weekly. Afterwards, the speech is reviewed by the tutor to discuss possible corrections. We went through different materials and exercises that I could use to practice after my return to Brazil.
- What are you taking away from this experience?
All sorts of good things! In addition to the progress I made at school, I had the opportunity to interact with people from various countries who were there for the same reason; we enjoyed extracurricular activities, visited tourist hotspots, went on a social pub crawl and had the unique opportunity to live for a month with a British family, who made every effort to ensure my comfort during the stay, helping me to improve my knowledge of the language. I really valued that cultural exchange.
In this way, I reached my goals, acquiring a high degree of confidence with English communication.
- What are your future professional goals?
Fortunately, not long after the course, I was invited to participate in a quick selection process in a large company dedicated to the same sector. I was hired to fill a similar post and begin after my return to Brazil.
Therefore, my immediate career goals are: to meet the expectations of my new job and have security and confidence to overcome the new challenges that this new position entails and to participate in international business.”
- Thank you for talking to us, Celso.
His testimony is a fine example on how a course with OISE can lead to achieving eloquence in English.
Find out more about OISE Oxford here.
Written by Sam Kearns, Community Manager.