- Ghanaian female doctor Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah has attained a direct PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Tennessee Tech University (TTU)
- The young doctor accomplished this milestone without a master's degree in any field or background in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah took to social media to share lessons from her journey
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After years of hard work, young Ghanaian female doctor Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah, has successfully attained a direct PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Tennessee Tech University (TTU).
With her first bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and no master’s in any field, she ambitiously moved to pursue her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
While she had plans of pursuing a PhD, it was second on her mid to long-term goals.
Her planned trajectory included a master’s first, family, additional work experience in the oil and gas industry before a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy.
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In July 2014, however, Juliet took one of the toughest decisions and the risk to resign from her comfortable role at Tullow Oil for her PhD.
Despite having no background in the Civil and Environmental Engineering and her initial hesitation to pursue a PhD in the field, she gathered fortitude to optimise a fully-funded PhD opportunity.
Highlighting her journey in a post on Facebook, Juliet noted that ''sometime in 2013, my friend Dr. Jojo France-Mensah sent me a fully-funded PhD opportunity in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tennessee Tech University (TTU).
He had been an excellent student at TTU and the professor asked him to recommend someone for the opportunity.''
At the time, she did not immediately decide on the PhD opportunity for some reasons and also because a direct PhD in Engineering seemed outside her horizon.
Juliet preferred to pursue master's and have a family first.
Despite the uncertainties, she resigned from her job in July 2014 at Tullow Oil to pursue a doctoral programme.
Even after taking on the challenge to go through with her PhD, Juliet admits she nearly quit.
''I honestly came very close to quitting in May 2019 but I decided to take it slow and just kept going,'' she said.
After successfully attaining her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Tennessee Tech University (TTU), she took to social media to share lessons from her journey to inspire others especially young women who dream of pursuing STEM courses.
1. Definitely have plans as I did, but be flexible in your plans because we don’t always move from A to B. Be ready to positively disrupt your own plans by rearranging some items.
2. Sharpen your ability to see and seize opportunities that come your way.
3. Don’t settle in your comfort zone. I had planned with a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy because it was familiar.
4. Dear ladies, don’t ignore a good career opportunity in hopes of establishing a family soon when you don’t even have a significant other. (I’ll throw more light on this later).
5. You need a hype man/woman. Just one person is enough to create an opportunity for you.
6. “What will you do if you weren’t afraid?”. Just DO it! You’ll be shocked to know that you have the ability to excel in that very space you are afraid of exploring. You only need to stay resilient and focused. It’s also very OK doing it while afraid.
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