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Jesusoorefunmi Olaoye

MSc Environmental Management

The services are amazing, especially in career advice, student support and volunteering opportunities.

Jesusoorefunmi Olaoye

Why Teesside?

I wanted to gain expert knowledge and develop as a sustainability professional. I researched Teesside University and found it had one of the best student experiences in the UK. Teesside offers a broad portfolio of courses with specialisms in science, technology, and engineering, alongside creativity, enterprise and digital innovation, volunteering opportunities, field classes and student-leadership positions.

Why environmental management?

To develop my skills, insights and ideas to tackle the world's most pressing sustainability challenges. Modules such as Global Energy Resources, Environmental Management and Climate Change are building my expert knowledge, so I can play a key role in policy formulation to alleviate energy shortage, turn environmental wastes into solutions and support global efforts on the climate change agenda.

Best thing about your course?

Conducting environmental impact assessments, understanding energy resources across the globe, transitioning strategies to the green economy and technical knowhow. I’m gaining expertise to becoming an environmental policy driver and thought leader.

What do you think about the campus and services?

The services are amazing, especially in career advice, student support and volunteering opportunities. Middlesbrough and the University campus are peaceful with lots of friendly people.

Have you worked on any projects with businesses or been on a placement?

I currently work with an energy consulting company that specializes in the development of renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. I facilitate community engagements and feasibility studies in various markets where we plan on developing energy projects and facilitate workshops for capacity development of energy professionals in Nigeria. My studies have brought a fresh perspective to my work and experience the practical side of what we are being taught.

What skills have you gained at Teesside that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

To critically evaluate complex environmental issues, develop effective strategies and lead their implementation on energy projects. I’ve learnt how to address issues, such as adaptation strategies to climate change, biodiversity, environmental, social and governance, and sustainable energy management. I was able to discuss some of these strategies as an exhibitor at Tees Valley Youth Climate Summit Pre-COP26 Conference held at the University and I also attended the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as an observer.

What are your ambitions for the future?

To develop further as a sustainability professional and play a key role in the deployment of integrated models for the delivery of renewable energy projects in communities with little or no access to electricity. To do this, I will continue my development in capacity building, policy reforms to support growth of local resources, technology integration financing schemes while maintaining high environmental, social and governance standards.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your course?

Yes, you can develop advanced theoretical knowledge and skills to critically evaluate complex environmental issues, develop effective strategies and implement it globally.

What advice would you offer to students thinking of coming to study here?

The transition can be daunting but have fun, study hard, network, volunteer as much as possible and stay focused on your goals. Also, be strategic when applying for internships and leverage on your previous experiences to support companies doing amazing things here in the UK.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

To gain a high quality education and acquire the skills needed in today’s competitive world to gain access to better job opportunities. Studying in the UK has made me see the world from a much broader perspective and I’ve interacted with diverse colleagues and lecturers.