Hello there and thanks for making this wonderful website to help everyone.Here is my SOP draft which I think should work it out but I need your guidance to improve it.
"I buried him with my own hands" was the last time I heard a contractor safety officer in meeting room with tears in his eyes. That whole week left very deep feelings on me at PetroRabigh Total Shutdown project when due to negligence in fire safety measures by a contractor lead to death of a young worker.
Every year on an average, 200 workers die in Australia due to occupational risks and more than $60 billion is spent as a result of injuries and diseases which is almost 5% of Australian GDP as reported by Safe Work Australia in their 2015 report. There are no statistics available for developing countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan where I have worked in the capacity of Safety Engineer since 2011.
As an industrial engineering graduate, I studied how organizations are set up, progress, succeed and, sometimes, fail. I remember it was year 2011 when my first employer engaged me in different operations including project management, maintenance and safety which helped me finding my best potential.
Transfer to safety department wasn't major change in my professional life but it did help me realizing things we often neglect in our lives such as home fires, road accidents, electric shocks, injuries due to slippery floor to name a few. The major change came when I was hired in Middle East as Safety Engineer position for world's giant petroleum corporate. There I saw billions of dollars dependent on very little safety measures and learned new methods to save a human life.
Safety, in my opinion, should not be considered as an occupation because it eliminates, prevents and controls unforeseen yet unwanted risks and provides a safe environment that is basic right of human beings. Despite, it isn't that easy for a safety professional without competence to achieve above goal. 'It's very simple. You can have all the education in the world but if you have never been to site, safety will fail. Likewise 10 years in the field with no education means you have been repeating mistakes for 10 years' said Matt Cox, former chairman of International Institute of Risk & Safety Management, United Kingdom.
I have been working in this field for almost 5 years and undertook many programs from international bodies such as OSHA USA, IOSH and NEBOSH UK, which helped me in getting the 'almost' perfect sense in safety but still I feel I must learn further.
Being an engineering graduate, I simply google'd safety programs under engineering discipline. Thanks to founders of Google Larry and Sergey, who helped me finding Victoria University website where I read more about Master of Engineering (Building Fire Safety & Risk Engineering) that includes designing and modeling of fire system units, which is very new to my knowledge. Despite, I was curious about Victoria University's standing.
Well, thanks to one of my LinkedIn connections, who is working in same domain and a previous graduate of VU, told me it's a century old public university with recognized qualifications so I shouldn't be uncertain. Considering a place where every year more than 50,000 multi-national students come to study wasn't tough decision as well. Besides, Australian Department of Education & Training provides the easiest way to verify selected programs through CRICOS making it even easier for professional students like me to proceed without hesitation.
This program, as I have assessed, would help me reaching new heights in my career after returning to my home country or in Middle East.
Nevertheless, I must state here that it is not easy to spend most of capital you have earned over years within couple of months and I positively took a deep breath before taking this decision which more than just an interest.