Law and Management Studies Graduate is ‘Thrilled’ with her Doctoral Qualification
For adrenalin junkie, Dr Khalida Akbar, shark cage diving and sky diving are little thrills compared to the feeling of graduating with her PhD at the young age of 26.
‘It has been a very tough and a long journey that has taught me many life qualities and even helped me to develop on a personal level as well. I think that education is something that would always benefit and develop an individual. I would also say that research at this level has allowed me to create an impact in the lives of others and as well as mine in a positive manner. It is therefore a fulfilling qualification to have obtained,’ said Akbar.
Akbar responded to the numerous calls for research in the area of employment of persons following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI’s) in South Africa. The theoretical and resultant empirical findings suggests that minimal research has been conducted in the area of the perceptions and experiences of employment of persons post ABI the South African workplace.
The phenomenological approach used in the study provided new insight that hopefully will encourage other researchers to study ABI in South Africa through the lived experiences of persons with ABI, so as to understand the direct needs, challenges and success of people with this type of disability, which led to the proposed model for employability of persons who are affected by ABI in South African organisations. The added understanding gained on how South African employees understand and experience “Misfit” will make a notable contribution to existing research, theory and practice in the fields of governance, entrepreneurship, management, psychology and human resource management.
To ensure that she fully explored her research interest, Akbar volunteered at Headway: The brain Injury and stroke rehabilitation centre for 6 months and worked closely with The Ican Disability Academy of South Africa, the PMI recruitment agency for people with disabilities, and Hardy and Associates over the past three years conducting research around people with disabilities.
As a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Akbar is looking forward to continuing producing research that contributes to the betterment of society.