I studied my Geology BSc at Bristol University, followed by a Geotechnical Engineering Masters at Camborne School of Mines. These both gave me a solid introduction to fieldwork, as well as general analytical methods. I especially enjoy rock and soil mechanics (they’re more interesting than they sound), and using these to determine ground behaviour and whether it is suitable for proposed projects.
I have not been at LEAP very long, but I already feel comfortable in my work environment – I have already gained lots of experience in the field, and I expect to be getting involved in more and more projects during my time here. My co-workers are very helpful and supportive and are always there if I have a question or get stuck on something.
One thing that attracted me to LEAP was the fact that employees are supported in their progress as professionals (for example, by taking part in graduate training, and even working towards chartership). We are even encouraged to stay healthy, so there’s always fruit in the office kitchen!
My favourite part of the job so far is handling soil and clay that comes out of the ground (always with PPE on!). I look forward to getting involved in different projects in the future, as each site is different from the next, and so presents a fresh challenge.