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Case Study: Alexis

Personal details
Degree:MSc Sustainable Development Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Geosciences
Year of Graduation:Nov-2011
National of: Ghana
Employment details
Organisation: Association of Progressive Entrepreneurs In Development (APED)
Job title: Credit Officer
Occupational Sector: International Development/ Organisations
What has been your route to getting your current position?
Upon completing my undergraduate studies, I worked as an auditor for one year and taught for a year before assuming the position of an assistant credit officer in my current company. After graduating from St Andrews, I was re-employed by APED as a Credit Officer.
What does your job involve ?
My work involves giving financial support and advice to farmers and entrepreneurs in rural areas of the region
What are the best bits of your job ?
The best bits of my work are the smiles and expression of appreciation I get from clients who have benefited from APED’s microfinance support.
Why were you successful?
Work experience and networking are the main factors that have facilitated my successful re-employment.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

The knowledge and skills found to be helpful to me are many. They include the following:

  • The interdisciplinary nature of SD has made me more open-minded. This helps me solve everyday challenges of my work using innovative approaches.
  • I now use resources more judiciously. For instance I print documents and travel to meet clients only if I deem them necessary. Thus tracking my ecological footprint forms an integral part of my work schedule.
  • During meetings with, and orientation of new clients, I endeavor to incorporate issues of climate change in our discussions and how they can contribute towards reversing this trend. I have, for instance advised them against deliberately setting bushes ablaze during their hunt for meat.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?

My advice would be that each student should pursue what he/she is passionate about and interested in. This way, they can better fashion out solutions to everyday challenges and excel in their chosen fields.