After graduating with a BSc in Environmental Geoscience followed by the MSc in Applied Environmental Geology, I secured a position as an Engineering Geologist for Mott MacDonald, where I have worked for the last five years based in Cardiff .
During my undergraduate degree I made great friends for life and gained a broad understanding of geoscience and the many different career options available to me post-graduation. The applied nature of the MSc course along with the industrial placement, differentiates the course from other similar programmes and prepared me for the workplace by teaching me how to transfer the knowledge and skills gained through my degree to a commercial setting.
Variety of opportunities
One of the things I love about working for a multidiscipline consultancy is the variety of projects that I get the opportunity to work on, and the mixture of office and site-based work. Since joining I have worked on road, rail, hospital, school, and windfarm schemes, investigating and advising how ground conditions will impact the design of these developments. In recent years I have refined skills and knowledge in specialist ground engineering associated with hydropower schemes and embankment dams.
My career highlight to date is working on a hydropower project in a remote area of the Republic of Georgia. I was part of a small team mapping and logging the geology of 38km of hard rock tunnels through the mountains, to inform the design of long term tunnel support.
Living in Cardiff
Cardiff is a great city to work and study in, I feel I have a great work/life balance and enjoy all the benefits of living in a capital city whilst also being within a short drive of the surrounding countryside; something which is very important to me coming from a rural background.