April 3, 2023, by Mei Kee Lee

Alumni Testimonial – Thong Ke Xin (PHS 2022)

Thong Ke Xin graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences (PHS) in 2022 and is currently pursuing her Masters’ degree at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).


Describe your career path and experience after graduating from the University of Nottingham.

I have never ever thought of furthering my studies after graduating but I changed my mind after a discussion with my supervisor. I want to give a shout-out to Dr Tahir for making me stepped out of my comfort zone to embark on a new journey of pursuing a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis at UKM. This is indeed a precious opportunity for me to gain more knowledge and exposure before entering the workforce.


What made you choose to pursue your degree at University of Nottingham?

The campus environment is so inviting that I made up my mind after my very first visit to the University of Nottingham. Even though the campus is located a tad far away from the city, it is free from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Also, the atmosphere is peaceful and serene, making it a conducive place for efficient learning.


What did you love most about your student life? May we have a recount of your fondest memory of it?

There are no any specific events but the everyday routine of attending lectures, having lunch with friends, going for a run around the lakeside etc… basically, life at UNM was great!


How did your degree at University of Nottingham prepared you for your career?

Even though I haven’t started working in the pharma industry yet, I would confidently say that the knowledge acquired during my degree years can form a basis for me to understand the operations in pharmaceutical industry, which would be of great help for me to adapt to the working environment more efficiently and easily.


What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of your career?

The most rewarding aspect of furthering my studies is to have gained more exposure on how pharmaceutical companies actually operate since we were given the chance to pay a visit to one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, Duopharma.

On the other hand, it is definitely not an easy job to get a master’s degree in one-year time, especially since I am doing a coursework-based programme, which means that I will need to juggle not just lectures, (a ton of) assignments and examinations, but also a research project. Fingers crossed I would be graduating on time.


What is your advice to current or prospective students?

University life is definitely the most enjoyable one, so cherish every moment of it. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you need help or someone to talk to, feel free to talk to your personal tutor or supervisor. Trust me, the lecturers in UNM are very welcoming and they are always willing to help or give advices. I wish y’all the best of luck in your future endeavors!

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