I am a BSc Geological Sciences student currently studying at the University of Leeds. I am halfway through my placement year at LEAP Environmental before going back to Leeds to finish my bachelors and then hopefully onto an Engineering Geology Master’s degree. I applied for the role after seeing it advertised through my university and then quickly progressed to having an interview with one of the directors before being offered the job.
Over the past six months I have learnt how varied my job at LEAP can be; from regularly being out on-site supervising drilling rigs and logging soils to being in the office preparing for the next day in the field and drafting verification letters and Desk Study reports. Every day is different.
LEAP encourages us to develop ourselves further by allowing all graduate engineers (and placement students) to complete their Graduate Training Scheme which has gained official accreditation by the Geological Society of London and by promoting the attendance to regular Geological Society lectures. The Graduate Training Scheme helps to further our knowledge in our chosen field as well as counting towards our CPD helping us take the steps to become chartered.
Before starting at LEAP I was unsure about the direction I wanted to go with my career, however, over the past 6 months I have realised that I want to continue pursuing a career in the geotechnical and geo-environmental industry.