Gurjit Singh: A New Opportunity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN JOSE — Gurjit Singh was a high school teacher in his home country of India, but when he came to the United States, he seized the opportunity to pursue his true professional passion. “Growing up, I was always interested in auto repair, but my parents didn’t consider it a fitting profession, so I ended up becoming a teacher instead,” he explains. “In 2003, I came to the U.S. in search of new opportunities. Since I was making a fresh start, I decided to pursue the career in auto repair I’d always wanted. After becoming certified in auto repair and smog at WyoTech, I spent a few years working for an auto repair shop before starting my own business in 2010.”
Today, as owner of Reliant Auto Repair, Gurjit says his favorite part of his job is employing his investigative skills. “I enjoy diagnostics—that’s what has always interested me the most. I have fun figuring out what’s wrong and finding solutions for my customers’ car problems.”
A resident of San Jose (where he lives with his wife, Amarjit, and their two children), Gurjit spends much of his time outside of work tending to his garden. “I love working in my yard,” he affirms. “For the most part, I’ve focused on cultivating ornamental plants and trees, but I recently started growing vegetables as well.” When he’s not gardening, Gurjit likes spending time with his family, whether by going to the movies, eating out or taking the occasional long weekend at the beach.
In his life and career, Gurjit espouses the value of determination. “I think that’s a key attribute to success,” he says. “In the course of pursuing my automotive career, there were times when I got discouraged and felt ready to back out. However, rather than giving in to those negative feelings, I dug in my heels and stayed with it. I decided I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from achieving my dream, and here I am today.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Gurjit says he’d donate a pint. “The first thing I’d do is donate some blood—I’ve always wanted to do that but I can never seem to find the time. I’d also like to volunteer my time to doing some charity work. After that, I would do some traveling and see more of the U.S.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I would see more of the United States. I’ve been in San Jose since I arrived here in 2003 and have yet to venture outside of California!
Q: What was your first car?
A: A 1998 Maruti 800. A collaboration between Suzuki and Maruti, it was a very small car with an 800cc engine.
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Bombay Garden in Santa Clara.
Q: If you could immediately master a musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The harmonium.
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