234: iSchoolConnect with Ashish Fernando

Ashish Fernando founded iSchoolConnect in 2017 to solve the pain point of many parents and children: getting hassle-free admission in foreign colleges. After going through the same trouble of finding a college to study that fit his needs, Ashish launched iSchoolConnect with a vision to democratize the global admissions market for graduate and undergraduate programs. Through the effective use of artificial intelligence, iSchoolConnect aims at being the most cost-effective and advanced solution for connecting students and schools worldwide. Ashish started his career as a Software Engineer with Thomson Reuters Inc., building their flagship investment research solution - Thomson One. He then went on to take multiple executive roles in Program Management and AI before managing the Data Science and Engineering business in the Insurance vertical. Ashish is a university gold medalist in Biotechnology. He graduated from Bentley University's flagship MBA in 2014 with a 100% scholarship. Website https://ischoolconnect.com (https://ischoolconnect.com) Social Media Information Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ischoolconnect/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/ischoolconnect/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ischoolconnect/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqFEkZLcdM6udUH_LUJGPrA Resources Mentioned https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_(Byrne_book) (The Secret) https://www.vineetnayar.com/employees-first/turning-conventional-management-wisdom-upside-down (‘Employees First, Customer Second’ ) Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Find out more about their online CPD events at https://nape.org.uk/online-events (nape.org.uk/online-events) https://frstre.com/go/?a=100059-6a3612ands=1971853-ecdb80andp_affiliate.referral_code=marktaylor12 (Listen to Mark’s audio course ) https://frstre.com/go/?a=100059-6a3612ands=1971853-ecdb80andp_affiliate.referral_code=marktaylor12 (10 Pieces of Advice You’d Like to Have as a Child)

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Do you feel the education system is sucking the life out of you and the pupils you serve? I think many of us wish we could click our fingers and make it fit for purpose. A place of growth with shared learning that empowers pupils to be their best selves, so they can create a world they want to inhabit now and in the future. While a magic wand or a visionary politician might sound like the answer I believe change is already happening. Educators are changing futures one conversation at a time. New technology and the environments where we learn are beginning to look different both in and out of the classroom. I hope you are seeing this first hand and are excited about what you can share with your pupils. We are having conversations, sharing organisations and communities that are supporting education in a way that you may have not experienced. Educational change will come from us all working in way that supports the best interests of each of our pupils, personalised learning. Governments and policy makers will follow when they see fully how it can be different. So let us teach, coach, mentor and create an environment that fuels every child with feedback, inspiration, resilience and empowerment. The Education on Fire community is shining the torch, so no matter where you are in the world or how you are supporting children this podcast is here for you. ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’