Education Loan Provided Invaluable Opportunity


Having the opportunity to study for a post-graduate qualification opens a host of doors when it comes to commencing a career. However, for many, the cost of continuing study beyond graduation provides a stumbling block – which is why The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides education loans that are interest-free for nine years.

Hajra Okhai is a perfect example of somebody eager to continue studying so that she could enter her chosen career. Hajra, from Leicester, initially commenced work for a large industrial company prior to making the decision to study for a post-graduate degree.

“I studied for a BSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Leicester and developed a passion for the field of infectious diseases,” explained Hajra.

“I later went on to study for a MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – and it was truly the best year. It exceeded all of my expectations. I was able to study exactly what I wanted by tailoring the degree to my specifications, and I was surrounded by others just as passionate. The school is amazing, with people from every corner of the earth attending. That made the experience 100-times more valuable. Also, as part of the programme, I was given the opportunity to travel to South Africa in order to undertake a summer project; another experience that was beyond my expectations.”

In order to undertake her continued study in London, Hajra contacted The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and applied for an interest-free education loan.

“A friend had heard of the charity and passed on the contact details,” she explained.

“I required the loan to assist with the course tuition fees. Without it, I simply wouldn’t have been able to enrol at the school. Without the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, I wouldn’t have been in the position to enrol for the course and definitely wouldn’t have been able to complete the internship that has led to what is a dream job.”

Hajra’s internship came with Public Health England. Now 23-years-old, she is an Epidemiology and Information Analyst at Public Health England’s Field Epidemiology Service in the West Midlands.

“Since completing my degree, I became eligible to complete a Public Health England internship, which has led to full-time employment,” Hajra said.

“I am now employed by the regional Field Epidemiology Service, based in Birmingham. We carry out the day-to-day surveillance of infectious diseases and are heavily involved in outbreak investigations across the West Midlands.

“If anybody reading is wanting to study at post-graduate level, I really recommend you get in touch with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity,” added Hajra.

“It doesn’t matter what you want to do; as long as you have the passion for it, you will get there – especially with the support of great charities like The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.”

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