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“I don’t regret my choice and I love where I am right now.”

Ajay Mada grew up in Mangalore, a small city in the Indian state of Karnataka, where he spent his days being inspired by the Australian cricket team's achievements. As a budding cricketer himself, he dreamt of one day visiting Australia to see his cricketing idols in person. While Ajay had to discontinue his professional cricket career due to injury, he did not let that set him back. He completed his Bachelor of Computer Application in 2016 and moved to Bangalore, where he began working as a systems analyst and project management officer.

Ajay soon realised that he wanted to pursue further studies and improve his understanding of portfolio management. He made the decision to move to Australia in 2018 to study a master's degree in project management at RMIT University. Ajay's decision to study in Victoria was based on several factors including Victoria's reputation for excellent education.

Following his graduation in 2020, Ajay was thankful to be in Victoria when he received a job offer for his project management expertise. Inspired by the support he received and the knowledge he gained, Ajay decided to give back to the community that had embraced him.

Ajay's career led him to Geelong, a city in regional Victoria. Ajay enjoyed living in Geelong as he liked the relaxed atmosphere, proximity to beautiful beaches, and the sporting culture at North Geelong Cricket Club. Ajay's love for the regional lifestyle in Victoria motivated his decision to apply for the Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa in December 2022. While waiting to be granted the visa, Ajay received a job opportunity in Ballarat, ultimately leading him to settle in the regional city in January 2023. Ajay was granted the subclass 491 visa in early March 2023 and is currently working for the City of Ballarat. Ajay appreciates the opportunity to contribute to a government organisation and serve the community, inspired by his parents’ own careers in the public service.

Reflecting on his migration journey, Ajay praises the ease of applying for state nomination and the seamless nature of the process. While he enjoys regular visits to Melbourne to see his friends, Ajay cherishes the serenity, natural wonders and community spirit in Ballarat. He states, “I don’t regret my choice and I love where I am right now.” In his spare time Ajay pursues his passion as a semi-professional cricketer for the Mt Clear Cricket Club. His love for the game has not only connected him with the local community but also provides him with a sense of fulfilment.

As Ajay continues to serve the Ballarat community and pursue his semi-professional cricket career, he feels grateful for the warm reception he has received in Victoria. With each passing day living in Victoria, he affirms his belief that “Victoria is a welcoming state, rich in opportunities and community spirit.”

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