"A major part of the MSc is the independent research project. This is a great way to showcase your skills to future employers and ensure you are able to present the research project in a professional way."
Year studied MSc Geoscience Research
Geology with Physical Geography at Keele University
What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?
After graduation, I continued to work on the Masters project (Geodynamics Programming), applying the model to different formats such as Android and an online website. After a year of applying for geological jobs and PhDs, and attending several interviews, I had an interview in Cambridge with Fugro. One week after my interview I was offered the job of Project Engineer.
What does your job involve?
Fugro Geoservices is the infrastructure part of Fugro. The work mainly involves using non-destructive geophysical techniques to analyze the innerworkings of infrastructure, looking for a variety of features such as rebar layouts, voiding, construction depths etc. I am a part of a engineering geophysics team at the Cambridge office, my job involves the collection, interpretation and reporting of the geophysical data. Since starting in January I have worked on and been involved in several projects, which have been relatively local to the Cambridge area.
What did you learn on the MSc Geoscience Research which helped you get the job, or helps with your role now?
The main aspects I developed during the Geoscience Masters were research techniques, software programming and project skills. Few of these apply to the role I am currently employed in. However, the more general skills such as project management, planning and time management are used on a day to day basis at work. My current role can involve the analysis of large volumes of data and the MSc research training has helped.
Do you have any advice for current/prospective MSc Geoscience Research students interested in a similar career?
Jobs and further postgraduate opportunities are available all year round so keep a lookout and don’t wait until the end of your studies to apply.
A major part of the MSc is the independent research project. This is a great way to showcase your skills to future employers and ensure you are able to present the research project in a professional way.