Five PhD alumni share anecdotes from their student days and describe the different career paths they have taken.
Three of our featured alumni this month have pursued academic careers: recent graduate Kwabena Duedu is a senior lecturer at a university in Ghana, while Professors Ali Wardak and Narayan Hosmane both have long-established careers.
Meanwhile, city councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan and author-activist Mandy Haggith demonstrate that the advanced research skills gained through a PhD can also help graduates looking to work in other roles.
A shoemaker's kindness and Pollock Halls feature in Professor Ali Wardak's memories from his PhD days. In his career since, the criminologist has earned praise for his research which influenced the reform of the justice system in Afghanistan.
From 2006 to 2008, I worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kabul, and co-authored the 2007 Afghanistan Human Development Report where a “hybrid model” for a post-Taliban justice system in Afghanistan was proposed.
A studentship enabled Narayan Hosmane to come to Edinburgh in 1971 to study a PhD in Chemistry with Professor Evelyn Ebsworth. He tells us about his academic career in Northern Ireland and the United States.
If I have any success in my career now, that is only because of my education at the University of Edinburgh.
Following two research degrees in Artificial Intelligence, Mandy Haggith changed tracks and now splits her working week campaigning to save the world's forests and lecturing in creative writing.
My research degrees at Edinburgh helped me develop the ability to do research, to think, to work in a team and to communicate well. These skills are applicable to many different topics.
Extra-curricular activities and professional development courses enriched Kwabena Duedu's time as a PhD student. The microbiologist is now working as a research scientist and academic in Ghana.
The University of Edinburgh is more than an educational institution, it offers a unique opportunity to develop a great personality across all spheres of life.
The annual PhD Horizons Careers Conference will return to Appleton Tower on 6 June. Dedicated to showcasing the breadth of career opportunities open to PhD graduates of the University of Edinburgh, the conference will include over 30 inspring speakers from a wide range of occupations, as well as opportunites for gain advice and inspiration .