Chevening is looking for individuals who have a clear post-study career plan. Please outline your immediate plans upon returning home and your longer term career goals. You may wish to consider how these relate to what the UK government is doing in your country.APPRECIATE ANY HELP, ESPECIALLY ON WHAT TO CUT!
At university, I was rather intrigued by the theory of resource curse due to its conflicting portrayal - either a gentrified blessing or a desolate curse - which eventually led me to work in oil field, one of the most established energy industries. I have worked in the oil industry for two years, having the belief that oil industry would secure *****'s ambitious development goals, but conflicts, wars and environmental issues raised to the surface.
I plan to ensure that *****'s other resources wouldn't go in vain, by understanding how energy policy can encourage energy access, infrastructure development, and financing in *****. My immediate plans are to focus my career on creative and pragmatic energy policies and legal practices which foster efficient markets for energy without sacrificing the environment and hone my awareness of the global energy system and how energy policies and laws can encourage or thwart innovation and financing. This mainly will be through working with DAL Group as a project engineer, which is the country's largest conglomerate, that operates across multiple sectors, including agriculture, engineering, real estate, medical services, education and automotive. I do believe that through the master's degree I will be able to convince them to invest in renewable energy resources, by focusing on themes such as innovation and technology that provide scalable, secure, and environmentally sustainable energy; policymaking such as government accountability to its citizens, evaluating the environmental sustainability of policies and international legal framework; and financial management such as using the energy sector to grow African economies, ethical stewardship of public funds, and engagement of private sector for infrastructure investment. Moreover, this position will allow me to broaden my network with many influential people, including business owners and government officials. After two years, I aspire to grow with the company and move into a lead position where I can lead renewable energy portfolio projects as well as lead and coach teammates.
In five years, I plan to establish my own company, equipped with the strong network that I will acquire through my studies in UK and my professional experience, Building a strong team spirit and an organization that shares my desire, commitment, values and beliefs. I will seek funding using the Chevening network, especially from organizations such as the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP) which is a multi-donor program that supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa. Since Africa is the sunniest continent on Earth, I intend to focus the scope of work on solar resources,. A recent study indicates that a solar generating facility covering just 0.3% of the area comprising North Africa could supply all of the energy required by the European Union .
In seven years, my company will be the leading company in renewable energy in *****. I don't only want to foster my country's energy, I am also eyeing opportunities overseas; I should use the knowledge I will acquire of operating in a challenging environment to develop businesses in countries similar to mine.
In ten years, I will embed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the company's way of doing business. I do believe it's a way of creating uniqueness, and there's a good feeling when you create a business with ethical values. One example will be to provide power on a smaller scale and to use this energy to help with day-to-day needs such as small-scale electrification, water pumping and water purification in rural areas.
To conclude, Renewable Energy is not only to fight climate change but also to create more jobs, prevent wars and underdevelopment and help the peace prevalence in ***** with its self and with its neighbors, by satisfying the need and aspirations of its people which is one of the main UK priorities in *****.