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Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes

After finishing my Applied Environmental Geology (MSc) at Cardiff University, I entered the working world.

I found a job with a leading ground improvement contractor, Vibro-Menard Ltd, where I acted as geotechnical and contracts engineer for only 2 months before making the decision to follow my intended career path - geology.

Working abroad

This saw me make the move to Australia, where I now work for AngloAmerican in the coalfields of the Central Bowen Basin, North Queensland. My role here sees me visiting remote sites in the outback of Australia’s diverse bushlands to log, sample and test strata from hundreds of meters underground. The work I carry out helps to project subsurface 3D models of potential coal reserves in quantities of hundreds of millions of tonnes.

As part of my training to work here in Australia, I have learned advanced defensive four-wheel drive skills, senior first aid, various management level courses and coal mine-based supervisory qualifications. I even attended a defensive snake handling course!

Living in Cardiff

Studying at Cardiff University remains one of the greatest times of my life. I moved from north-west England without knowing anyone at all and have since made some of the best friends I’ve ever known.

The classes and learning environment are second to none and there was always help from any number of great minds, no matter what the problem.

Studying at the University was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I only have spectacular memories and a qualification that has taken me to places I had always dreamed of going.