MSc Public PolicyOluwakemi Onibalusi, Nigeria

Tell us a little bit about your background...
I am from Lagos, Nigeria and this is where I grew up and spent most of my life. I have an undergraduate degree in law and also gained professional legal education and training qualifying as legal practitioner and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I worked for six years in various organizations before deciding to pursue my masters at the University of Strathclyde.

What inspired you to study your subject?
I have a passion for helping people which has pushed me to study an MSc in public policy. It is usually said that change begins with you and one of the several ways of creating change and a better world is by educating ourselves with crucial information on the role and development of the Public sector, policy management and implementation of policies and also understanding the European Union and United States Policy making Process.

Why did you choose to continue studying for your Masters at the University of Strathclyde?
I was particularly interested in studying at the university not only because of its highly reputable standard of teaching and research but also because it incorporates core modules which I consider to be essential in obtaining a well-rounded knowledge in the field of Public Policy especially as I come from a law background.

What has been the highlight of your time at Strathclyde, so far?
The highlight for me has been the lectures. I have learnt so much in a short while and as I mentioned earlier there is a huge improvement with my researching and essay writing skills. Also, I have met so many beautiful people regardless of attending classes online.

How have you found studying online, in the current situation?
I would say learning online is something very new for me which has its negative and positive effects. However I have been able to adapt to this new phase and it has been really convenient and amazing especially because the teachers go above and beyond to make sure all students are following and coping well.

What specialist knowledge and professional skills have you developed whilst studying the course?
Studying an MSc in Public Policy has really improved my research skills and the knowledge about policies and understanding how certain organizations influence the European Union and United States Policy making Process. 

What would be your advice for people considering taking this course?
I would advise them to go for it and not back down, taking this course was an eye opener for me, it has really broadened my knowledge of policy making and it is a very interesting course.

What have been the main challenges studying at postgraduate level?
The major challenge is socializing and networking safely through the covid-19 pandemic, especially because interacting with other students make course works more bearable as you can share ideas and network for future professional opportunities.

How has your scholarship supported your studies?
The scholarship was very important to me without which my dreams and aspiration would not come true. It took a big burden off me and my appreciation goes to University for this opportunity.

What do you think of the support available?
It is commendable, as staff of the University go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable, the lecturers are always available to answer your queries regardless of the time you contact them and they make learning online less awkward.

What are your ambitions for the future?
My career goal is to work with an international organization such as the United Nations as an international Aid/Development Worker or an internationally recognized Non-Governmental Organization like Amnesty International that focuses on the contemporary security challenges and response, the right and privileges of disadvantaged children and their families. I am currently searching for placements where I could get firsthand experience and properly apply myself to helping members of society.