"As part of an accelerated training programme, I am responsible for assisting project investigations with both a geotechnical and an environmental content."

Year studied MSc Geoscience Research
2015/2016


Undergraduate Degree
BSc Geology with Physical Geography, Keele University

Current Employment
Graduate Geo-environmental Engineer, RSK, Derby

What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?
I worked in retail full time for several months after completing my degree and used a lot of my spare time searching and applying for jobs. After deciding what career path I wanted to follow, I found the vacancy through an online job site and applied directly through the company's website.

What does your job involve?
As part of an accelerated training programme, I am responsible for assisting project investigations with both a geotechnical and an environmental content.

What did you learn on the MSc Geoscience Research which helped you get the job, or helps with your role now?
Good written and spoken communication is essential for job applications and interviews. Along with a broad geological knowledge gained throughout my degrees, the generic skills employers look for were also gained. These include project management and organisation, teamwork, health and safety, clear communication and many more.

Do you have any advice for current/prospective MSc Geoscience Research students interested in a similar career?
Focus on learning the skills you are weakest at whilst you have the opportunity so you feel comfortable with them in a working environment. Also, be proactive with looking for a job, it could take many applications before finding the right one for you.