I have no doubt that my dissertation was successful because of the many opportunities given to me by UBC Science including scholarships and awards at the departmental (Milsom Award), faculty (Dean's Award), and university (Governor General Gold Medal) level and recently, the TWM Cameron Award by the Canadian Society of Zoologists - I wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the incredible support of my education.
Where and what is your current position?
Research, teaching, and administration.
Is your current career path as you originally intended?
Yes - I have wanted to be a professor for a long time, and am very excited to become one.
How does this job relate to your graduate degree?
Research on wildlife and conservation.
What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?
Access to high-quality mentors.
What did you enjoy the most about your time as a graduate student at UBC?
The campus is beautiful.
What are key things you did that contributed to your success?
In building collaborations, ensure that you have something to offer your partners.
What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?
Pursue what is interesting to you - the rest will follow.
Did you have any breaks in your education?
I did not stay in school continuously but took opportunities to work in my field as a researcher. These work opportunities helped build my professional network and gave me a better perspective on my chosen career path.
How did you find out about/obtain your current position?
I learned about this position through my peers.
What challenges did you face in your graduate degree, or in launching your career?
The challenge was to remain optimistic that things would work out. They did, but there were times when it seemed easier to deviate from goals.
How are jobs normally posted and filled in your organization or industry?
Positions are posted on websites and filled through applications and interviews with candidates.
What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?
I find it challenging to answer surveys.