Harjeet Singh -  USP Alumni Network

Harjeet Singh

1.What is your home country?  
Fiji islands

2.Which country do you currently live in if different from above?

3.What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
BA in Accounting and Economics - 1987

4.What was your most memorable moment as a student?  
Living away from home on Campus, learning to live independently from family, the over roll campus live we had in the 1980ís.

5.Describe your experience while studying at USP.
It was important to juggle your social life and study life correctly, you can have fun and still complete your study requirements on time, it is great to make friends with your peers that come from the different islands in the South Pacific, learning about their culture and life style makes the whole experience intriguing. Also remember that 1987 was the year we graduated and we were the final year1987 students that experienced the first Fiji Coup that started in Suva.

6.What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Graduated with BA in Accounting Degree and made friends for a life time.  Your will not believe that we ex USP students friends from 1987 still get together in USA and we tell USP stories for hours over a few beers on some weekends.

7.After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
Worked as Accountant/ Auditor for 2 years at Coopers and Lybrand (Lautoka) and migrated to USA in 1989. Started my US career for Alamo Rent a Car , overlooked 7500 cars and 5 departments in SFO, which then became Alamo and National Car Rental, become Regional West Maintenance Manager for the West Region that included the 9 States on the West Coast and Hawaii Islands. Enterprise Rent a Car bought Alamo National Car Rental in 2009, currently working for Enterprise Corporate as North America Bus Operations Manager.

8.How do you think USP helped you in your career?
Definitely, it gave me the knowledge to become a savvy Financial and Operations expert. 

9.After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?  
Always dreamed of working and overlooking multiple operations, which I have done that included flying 84 flights a year as a Regional Manager, made changes to operations that continued to outperform  current standards, thus my West Region was ranked #1 for 6 years in a row.

10.What inspires you and why?
My Family, my wife and kids, they give me a reason to look forward in life and do better

11.What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Study hard, graduate, donít be scared of taking a job in a company you like at a lower rank and work yourself to the top.  If you make it to the top, always remember that the people who work for you will make you succeed, therefore always keep an open mind and listen to feedback from your staff. Arrogant managers do not last too long.

12.Any other information you would like to share?
I have helped hundreds of people over the years, specially my countryman from Fiji in USA , on giving them jobs, helping them with minor requests etc, please never shy from helping your people when you are aboard, give them the respect their deserve. 

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