Elin Havard

Elin is a recent graduate, and is just about to start on a new and exciting graduate scheme. Read about her journey here:

Why did you choose biology at Oxford?
I chose biology because of its sheer breadth and impact. When applying, I didn't know what exactly I wanted to do (I still don't!), but biology was my favourite subject at school, and I liked how widely relevant it is. I never thought I'd end up at Oxford - no one from my school had for at least 5 years - but my teachers strongly encouraged me to give it a go because, after all, it would only take up 1 of 5 places on my UCAS form. I can't thank them enough, and now I look back and think "why wouldn't I choose Oxford?!" - it's the best university in the world! 

What did you enjoy most about your degree?
The wonderful teaching I received from academics who really are world leaders in their field - you can't put a price on it!

What was your final project on?
It looked at the transmission and traceability of Campylobacter across the UK poultry industry.

What skill sets did you gain during your degree that have equipped you for where you are today?
The intensity of my Oxford degree certainly made me a more efficient worker and critical thinker - both highly employable attributes.

What do you currently do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
I managed to obtain a place on Tesco's Commercial Food Graduate Scheme. I've been here for just over a week and cannot wait to make the most of all that the Grad Scheme has to offer over the next 2 years. This year, my role will involve working on Trade Planning for Meat, Fish and Poultry, as well as supporting the Red Meat Selling Manager. I already love the way in which this is combining my interest in business and agriculture (I live on a farm!); and I love the buzz that the fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable, and certainly diverse, work environment at Tesco gives me. 

What advice do you have for prospective students looking to apply for biology at Oxford?
Don't doubt yourself - you are good enough, and you have as good a chance as anybody of being offered a place, so believe in yourself. But, Oxford isn't the be-all and end-all. Wherever you end up studying, make the most of every opportunity to learn and get the best grounding you can for whatever future plans you have in store. 

Get in touch with Elin: @elinhavard