Oluyinka, from Nigeria, took advantage of several opportunities to increase her employability while working on her PhD.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine and a postgraduate degree in Animal Bioscience, my PhD in Genetics and Genomics builds upon these experiences and gives me variety and a good balance of opportunities for future career options: I can work in academia, research, non-government organisations, government and policymaking, or I can work as a veterinarian.
I also have an ambition to own a dairy farm and to become a consultant so that I can share my knowledge and expertise with others.
Other people have dairy farms, but they’re not animal breeders, veterinarians and geneticists. After earning my PhD, I’ll have experience in all three areas. This provides me with greater knowledge and expertise and sets me apart from potential competitors.
In addition to securing funding to complete my PhD, I have the support from my supervisors and the opportunity to attend conferences and trainings offered by the University.
I’ve attended training from Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) in key areas that are helpful for my PhD and future career development.
Earning a PhD not only increases my own employability, but also enables me to provide employment for other people. Having these diverse opportunities and skill sets allows me to impart my own knowledge on to other people.
All of the opportunities and support that I’m getting now at the University of Edinburgh will help me to complete my PhD and achieve my career ambitions.
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