I met a former Leap-er at a careers fair at the University of Portsmouth, where I was studying for a Masters in Environmental Geology and Contamination and luckily, got a job as a a Geoenvironmental Engineer straight out of uni two years ago.
I ended up in contamination after studying the remediation of a gas works from an Environmental Impact Assessment point of view. I undertook this for my undergraduate course (Geography at Sheffield). After talking to the engineers on site, I was interested by the outdoorsy, geographical/geological nature of the job, as well there being a human health aspect. I have always found medical sciences fascinating but as someone who’s fairly squeamish, I knew that being anything medical was not for me. Instead, I’ve studied bioaccumulation as part of my masters degree, and I always pay particular attention to the toxicological aspect of the jobs which I have been involved in.
I really enjoy my job as it’s varied and I’m only stuck in an office as much as I want to be. Currently we are doing a lot of work on former MOD land which has led me to learn more about radiation and unexploded ordnance. This has been particularly fascinating as these are areas which I did not have a lot of prior knowledge. I do enjoy the environmental jobs more but I have appreciated the wider understanding and context that the engineering related jobs have lent to my career development.
We’re a friendly bunch and I particularly like that there’s always something being organised, whether it’s a sports tournament, summer camping or a pizza night. It fosters a supportive atmosphere which translates to work, and means that there is always someone who is willing to help with a problem (especially if its pizza related).