Shining First Stars — Meet Rahat
19 August, 2017 (17:00)
Rahat Pirgulyyev is looking forward to meeting and helping some of the thousands of local and international visitors when the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games begin on 17 September.
Rahat, who has been a volunteer First Star for two years, said he has found the experience interesting.
“I wasn't really sure what to expect at first,” he said. “Then I realised I could get experience from the Games to meet people from other countries, places I never knew existed before. Now, it's becoming more and more like my daily life.”
The fifth year student of computer technology at the International University for the Humanities and Development, who turns 21 on 27 August, is hoping that his Ashgabat 2017 experience will help him in his professional career.
“I will be working with foreigners and international companies,” said Rahat, who wants to be a web designer when he graduates. “It will be good for me. I don't know why, but I think it will.”
During the Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event Series, Rahat was a First Star in the Workforce Functional Area. At Ashgabat 2017, he will be working in Venue Technology, where he will be dealing with computer related issues. He said he's feeling a little bit of pressure in his new capacity.
“I haven't done this before,” he said. “Of course, I'm nervous. It's a big responsibility that I will have in these Games. I keep thinking, 'how can I do this at Games time?'.”
“But we have had specific training sessions. We've already had three. Maybe I will gain some insight from them that will help my career. This is exciting for me.”
Rahat was born in Yoloten, in Mary province. He's only been in Ashgabat since he started university, but he said he already knows that he wants to stay in the capital.
“It will be easier to find a job here than in my home province. It's also a very cosmopolitan city. It's nice to live here,” he said.
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