Wasi Ahmadi

Country: Afghanistan
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: PhD student
Subject of study: Structural Engineering
Year of graduation: 2017
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

University of Bristol

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since finishing my MSc degree in Structural Engineering at Exeter, I went onto working with a consulting company as a structural engineer for 2 years. Since, early 2020 I joined university of Bristol as a PhD student in Engineering.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I wanted to continue my education up to a PhD degree whilst before that I found the need to work in my field to broaden my vision about my field. The things I enjoy in my PhD is that I am always learning some new set of skills, meet with different people in my field, and get the opportunity to present my work to audiences from different parts of the world.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The interesting thing about my programme was that it was being taught by a world leading academics of the field. This enabled us to learn the most cutting edge works in our field of study.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I liked the campus a lot which is located in a beautiful spot in Exeter.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Exeter is a world leading university with lots to offer to students so I decided to do my degree at Exeter.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

The structure of our programme in Exeter was very comprehensive which enabled us with the most up to date knowledge of the field. This not only enabled me to embark onto working with the industry to tackle real world challenges but also gave me the confidence to pursue my education to a PhD. On top of that, I have been volunteering as a student Rep which helped me with communication skills.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

My advice to current students is to participate in every hands-on, experiential learning opportunity at the University. I believe that through this way, you’ll have something unique to excel when you graduate. Believe in your capabilities, and strive for better!

What are your plans for the future?

My plan is to continue in the academia, where, I will be able to meet with lots of interesting people. This way I will also make sure to pass on my experiences more easily.


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