Chinese graduate reflects on his time studying chemistry and waste management at UWS

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As many of our graduates and friends celebrate the Chinese New Year with their families, MSc Waste Management graduate Fei Guo reflects on his time leaving home in China to study BSc chemistry in Paisley at University of the West of Scotland.

Fei, or better known as Jasper, first came to Paisley Campus of the University in 2005 from China to study BSc Chemistry. Following successfully completing his undergraduate programme, Jasper enrolled on the MSc Waste Management with Environmental Management graduating in 2012.

Fei (Jasper) Guo

Tell us about your time at the University

The reason of why I chose UWS and Scotland was because I had a friend who recommended it to me.  I really liked the atmosphere of lectures and classes and UWS is not like other universities. The lectures or class had the right number of students, meaning we could have good interactions with lecturers. Academic life was great, all the staff were really helpful, an it would have been very difficult to complete my degree without them.

Tell us about your experiences since leaving the University

I am the owner of an online based company. I am the one of the graduates who now works in a different industry to the subject I studied at university.  My family owns a kids pajamas factory over two decades, and we have gained a great reputation within the Chinese domestic market.  I started a trading company which sells our product to oversea clients. Currently, I have sold our product to South American, North American, Middle East, and European countries. It still keeps growing.

If you could offer one piece of advice or top tip to current students what would it be?

Take at least a business module if possible. No matter what you do, you are in business at some point. Therefore, you have to have some business thinking. I would called myself as science student who never had any business background, I had to train myself by reading books, watch online videos etc. Hence study some business modules if possible.

Also, finding a mentor or someone who has done it before you, will mean you could gain great benefit from their knowledge.

What is that drives you on in your professional life?

I really enjoy dealing with people from other countries, and that is what I do for living. You have to find something you are passionate about, otherwise you won’t fulfil your potential. It is the best thing in the world to love what you do and make a living from it. 

Reading books and do some exercise – this will help you mentally and physically to grow, and in this way, success finds its way to you.

This alumni interview was first published in 2018.

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