“I look forward to being a successful occupational health and safety consultant, contributing to bringing about positive change towards employee health and safety.”
Studying Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment at masters-level enlightened me through the rich modules of the programme on how to effectively manage health and safety issues (with respect to risks and hazards). This was very important to me particularly as I work in a laboratory where health and safety is a very crucial aspect.
I worked in Nigeria with The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in one of its laboratories since 2010, before embarking on one-year study leave to pursue my masters degree in the Science of Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment. The agency is a government body saddled with the responsibility of regulating food and drug products manufactured, imported or sold in Nigeria. I have now returned back to work since completing the masters programme.
I chose to study at the University of Birmingham for a number of reasons. Firstly, the University is an internationally recognised institution, among the top ranked universities in the UK and one of the few that offer the above programme. Secondly, only one institution in Nigeria currently offers a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety. Thirdly, the University is located in the vibrant city of Birmingham.
My year in Birmingham was very interesting. The first weeks of the course were a bit stressful - trying to settle in, finding my way around town, learning the bus routes, finding my way around campus. Birmingham was home away from home for me, as every time I travelled I was always eager to get back. Campus life was very interesting. The Edgbaston campus is a very conducive environment for learning, located in a quiet area at a good distance away from the city centre distractions. With the Selly Oak area just by the University, you can get almost anything you are looking for without having to go to the city centre.
Before coming to Birmingham, I expected life would be lonely being far away from home with no family or friends, but to my surprise being an international student didn’t feel much like being away from home. I made a number of friends in a very short period and the international student community was very supportive.
Having obtained a Masters degree with Distinction from the University of Birmingham, I believe that the sky is just my starting point. I have gained the knowledge and skills which I need to excel in my career. I look forward to being a successful occupational health and safety consultant, contributing to bringing about positive change towards employee health and safety.