I took a graduate role with CH2M HILL in the Ports and Maritime team shortly after completing my MSc in Coastal Engineering. Since joining the company, I have been involved in a wide variety of projects, encompassing many different aspects of maritime engineering.
A career of this kind also often provides a great opportunity to travel. Many of the projects that I have worked on have been international, in locations such as the Middle East and India. In my first year at CH2M HILL, I spent approximately five months working in our Dubai office. The projects I was fortunate enough to be involved with really opened my eyes to the various aspects of engineering schemes on large scales. It was an incredible place to explore and work in, and the experience has broadened my engineering skills considerably. Work in Dubai is a lot more client-facing, and often money is no object so the schemes can become incredibly elaborate and lavish and impressive.
I am thoroughly enjoying pursuing a career in the coastal/maritime fields of engineering and a job in this field will generally keep you near the sea, which was one of the main reasons that I picked this career path. Gaining the MSc allows me to progress towards chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers which is the first major goal of most civil engineering graduates.
The MSc gave me a good grounding in the fundamentals of coastal engineering and an understanding of many of the main avenues to venture down, such as port and harbour design, coastal protection design and physical and numerical wave modelling.