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Stephen Habib (MSc Agriculture and Development Economics 2010)


I was born in Kaduna State, and I originated from Ogun State Nigeria. I am a nice, dedicated, honest, hardworking and focused individual.

Why did you choose the University of Reading?

I wanted to pursue a foreign degree in he best Agricultural based university in the UK, and Reading was according to the Guardian 2009.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The diverse cultures that I experienced. People from different backgrounds coming together to study in a peaceful, goal oriented and environmentally friendly place. 

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

If you stay focused, be determined to succeed, mingle with people of like minds, have fun and you are guaranteed success.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am currently the General Manager of Abibcom Farms Ltd, Awa-Ijebu, Ogun State Nigeria. I am also in my first year running a PhD program in Agricultural Economics, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State Nigeria. All based on my interest in agriculture and academia.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Live to improve your knowledge base. teach what you practice and enjoy, stay focused, be dedicated, honest and hardworking. Then you are on your way to the top.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

Numerous ways. I met people of like minds that came from different cultural and social backgrounds. Consistent mind rubs with them made me more focused towards achieving my goals.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Make as many as possible contacts with friends, register with career job sites linked with your school as they could be in search of an employee therein. Ensure you get enough training from the library on how to write a good CV and submit them in appropriate places.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University means a lot, as I met some of my life-long best friends there. Our experiences together at the University molded us and we are better people for it today. We stay connected, get each other updated and explore where opportunities lie as we progress in life. 

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