David Robson

BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Health, Class of 2022

Graduate Profile

Congratulations on your Graduation - what now?

Get back into work! After 3 years at University and 2 years previously at College, I am now searching for a job that reflects on the degree I have just achieved. I am currently going through this process now and I'm confident I will be working somewhere suitable in the near future.
I'm not opposed to studying further in terms of a Masters Degree for example, but for now I feel I need to use my current degree to get a fulfilling job that can aid me in supporting my family. In the meantime I will enjoy some time with my partner and son who have supported me a lot during my time at Abertay.

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What's your long term ambition?

I would love to have a successful career in the food, nutrition and health industry. This is something I really enjoy and am passionate about and I hope to put my knowledge to good use. I'm always keen to explore how young people view nutrition and how they are influenced on what they eat. I believe that educating young people on nutrition will not only help them in later life, but will create a healthier population overallĀ  and for me to contribute to that is definitely an ambition of mine.

How are you feeling now that your time at Abertay has come to an end?

Very mixed feelings but overall delighted I have my degree to show for the hard work I have put in. I will miss the people I met and familiar faces I saw when on campus. However, I have learned so much and the knowledge and experience I have gained due to my time at Abertay is invaluable for me as a person moving forward.

Why did you decide to study at Abertay?

During my application process, Abertay not only taught the relevant course I wanted but is located very close to where I live. There are other Universities that do teach this course but given I live so close to Abertay, it really is a no brainer for me.

What were the highlights of your time at Abertay?

Making friends and having a good relationship with my lecturers. I would often enjoy going into campus to interact with people I would never have met had I not come to Abertay. Meeting people with the same interests in terms of food, health and nutrition created conversations and debates I often seek outside University.

How did you find having to move to online learning due to COVID-19?

Online learning was very new to all of us, even the lectures, so there was inevitably some teething issues. For example, trying to find a quiet space to go through a lecture or tutorial wasn't always easy as other members of your household would also have to adapt to your timetable. I did my placement with Dundee Young Carers and it was online. I was teaching teenage carers how to cook cheap but healthy meals. I would have loved to do this in person but with online learning I actually did it live from my kitchen. At first I really wasn't sure how this would work out but in the end I actually enjoyed it and I think the young carers did too as their feedback was very positive. Overall online learning started off not being as efficient as being on campus. However, after a while we all got used to it and became better at communicating, especially during a lecture. We all got through it and although it is currently mixed learning, I think the experience of online learning will benefit us all in the future.

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