ENVIRONMENTAL scientist Lydia Edoni says the possibility of up-skilling or doing something different is just an application-form away.
Edoni graduated with a masters of environmental science from the University of South Australia in 2019, through an Australia Awards PNG scholarship.
“I resigned from my comfortable job, successfully completed two years of study, and returned to PNG,” she said.
“Coming home, I was 40 per cent worried and 60 per cent excited to embark on a new career change.
“It was exciting, unsettling at times, but one of the best life-changing decisions I have ever made. I am currently learning new skills I always wished for. I am better equipped to contribute to community development projects. I have met and made lifelong friends who have enriched my life.
“It’s all because I filled out that Australia Awards scholarship application form in 2017.”
Edoni had spent almost 10 years working in chemistry and quality control compliance in various industries, but her real passion was environmental compliance and natural resource management. Through the Australia Awards, she sought an opportunity to improve her research skills while increasing her future employment options.
“It was one of the most rewarding experiences for me, and it could be for you too.”
The challenge with studying in a completely new environment was exciting.
Learning about different cultures through study and friendship was wonderful.
The innovative research facilities, inclusive education system and international student support platform was awesome.
“After completion of my studies, I am able to do what I love doing: volunteer work with turtle conservation, assisting with fieldwork such as setting up stream gauging stations, weather stations, terrestrial biodiversity studies, bathymetry and ocean profiling studies, water and sediment sampling and monitoring,” Edoni said.
“I love my current job.”
Edoni believes the benefits of her studies go well beyond the skills directly related to her work tasks and processes.
“I am a more confident professional. I am better equipped to support an inclusive work culture.”
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