“My name is Tingai Jacob Habakkuk and I was born in Dar es Salaam. I am the 4th born child in a family of four children. My parents were not financially strong and I have gone through tough times. When I was in primary school, one of my father’s friend developed an interest in supporting my education and he opted to fully cover my education. My sponsor took me to Kenya to study and I worked so hard that I achieved grades that gave me direct entry to a provincial high school. I passed my high school national exams with flying colors and gained direct entry into university. However, two months after I got my results, my sponsor passed away. I could no longer support my education and I decided to return to Tanzania. I worked as a Mathematics, Physics and Biology teacher in a local tuition center for 2 years and collected enough money to support my college fee. Later, I joined the Regional Aviation College and did a Flight Operations Dispatch course.”
How did you learn about Alison?
I came across Alison through an online search and I quickly started learning. All along, Alison interactive learning has been equipping me with skills and improving my education. I have done 17 Alison courses and have even more are still in progress.
What was your first course on Alison, and why did you choose it?
My first course was Introduction to the Human Skeletal System. Among others, I’ve completed courses in Customer Service, Information Systems and Psychology. The Operations Management course equipped me with super skills for my work.
How have Alison courses affected your career?
Through Alison courses I’ve been able to acquire quality education, quantify my technical skills, expand my interests and increase my career options, all in a way that is affordable.
What’s your favourite way to relax from studying?
When I’m free, I like to sit down alone in the office, take a glass of water and start covering something educational.
Where are you working now?
Having proved my education ability at the Regional Aviation College, the College took me on as an assistant instructor. A year later, I was employed by an airline company in Zanzibar airport and a few years after that, the college took me on again for the second time as a fully fledged Aviation Instructor. A year later, I got a chance to work at SCI Africa, an ATM company. They trained me and took me on as Engineers Coordinator and I gained great experience. Two years later, Regional Aviation College took me back again as Chief Instructor and Head of Aviation Training. This year, I started my position as Station and Training manager at Equity Aviation, an aircraft ground handling company at Dar es Salaam airport.
What’s next for you, in terms of education and work?
I want to help students who are in financial trouble get a quality education. I’d like to establish an Alison Centre here in Tanzania to help the many people who are not able to afford education.
What would you say to someone if they asked you about Alison? Would you recommend it and why?
Alison is an online education platform that offers a variety of courses across the disciplines and once you sign up, you can pursue a course of your choice. The courses are free. If you pass exams then you can purchase the certificates. I recommend because Alison made me who I am. Reading, learning and gaining knowledge is a continuous process.