Talat Kemal Satilmisoglu
Current Employer/Organisation Name
General Directorate of Water Management
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I have been working for Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Water Management. I have also started my PhD studies. (Water Economics and Finance).
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
Water is life. It is more more than just a professional career decision. It is a kind of lifestyle. My personal interest is focus on safe drinking water. There is no life or quality of life without clean water. Providing clean water is a 24/7, 365 commitment that rewards you while also benefiting the environment and your community. Water professionals are public servants and first responders who work to protect public health, the environment, and the economy. The water sector recovers, recycles, and reuses our limited fresh water supplies while creating new resources like clean energy, fuel, and fertilizer. The future and sustainable management of water is built over time. To achieve it, the water sector needs a steady stream of talented and dedicated individuals who have made a choice to work in water. When you work in water you don’t just enjoy a good, stable job with amazing benefits. You get great training, a challenging job environment, and the satisfaction that comes with knowing you are directly benefiting your community to ensure a good quality of life in the present and for generations to come.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
SpaceExe, Turkish Society, Postgraduate Society, Turkish Society, Irish Society.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
The best thing about the programme is Prof David Butler. It was a great honour to study with him.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
Beautiful Exeter-Devon. Probably the best place in the world.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Globally known academic staff.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Technical skills are undeniable. However, I think the social skills I have gained during my studies are more and more beneficial and useful.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Define problems and focus on solutions of them.