Each of our August alumni ended up doing something completely different to how they started out but all agree that what they learned at Edinburgh, both through study and experience, set them on that new path.
Athanasios Kafkalidis has had a varied and diverse career since leaving University but still considers Edinburgh to be an important part of his life.
I would advise current students to take advantage of every moment spent at the University, the wonderful city of Edinburgh and Scotland. Take advantage of its history, discover the city, its landmarks, and its natural and cultural heritage
Summer jobs and volunteering not only enriched Louise Moir’s time as a student, they influenced her future career choices.
I am really proud of what I have achieved and I have no doubt that Edinburgh University set me on the right path. In fact, the Head Teacher from my first teaching post told me that the reason he interviewed me was because I went to Edinburgh University!
Jon Parker went from astrophysics to event logistics and is currently working on the Olympic Games in Rio.
In hindsight, making the most of one of the plethora of great societies was a brilliant decision. Many people, like me, are unsure of what they want to do post-University but the experience gained from getting involved in societies gives you extra strings to your bow
Ken Sutherland came to Edinburgh because of strong family connections and after many years of travel and work tells us he wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Don’t feel constrained by your choice of subject. I never use the technical skills I learnt during my degree but I do use the softer skills I learnt around collaboration, teamwork and determination and I use some of the network of people I met. These aren’t specific to my actual choice of degree topic.
Dr Asher Wade discusses a lifetime spent in academia and reflects on the special place memories of Edinburgh have for him.
Academically, I was immensely pleased with the friendly, but no-nonsense, rigor of open debate and the fearless intellectual allowance to push, if necessary, beyond conventional boundaries, which was breath-taking!
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