Florence Mak - BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Current employer: Hong Kong Green Building Council
Current job title: Project Executive
Current location: Hong Kong

"I would recommend the course to my friends because students shall have many opportunities to experience natural environment by taking part in the fieldwork."

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your studies.

After my graduation, I have been working in the field of environmental protection, starting from inspecting trees, urban farming to green buildings.

Has your career path changed since graduation?

No. My study was environmental science and I have been working in the field of environmental protection.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

Since environmental protection issues are not compulsory, it is challenging to draw public attention or take any effective measures for protecting our nature.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

I have just been accredited as an arborist by the International of Society of Arboriculture.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

Working in Hong Kong for environmental protection needs passion. People’s awareness, technologies and systems for environmental protection in HK fall behind comparing with other countries or cities. We have to encounter many obstacles.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

The course developed my practical skills by having field trips and providing me with chances get in touch with nature in UK.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

One of the field trips for my study, Contemporary Land Use and Conservation – I met a group of horses in the forest and had my first horse riding course in Plymouth.

Do you stay in touch with other Plymouth University alumni or lecturers?

My project advisor – Dr Michael Ireland. He wrote me a reference letter for my masters application.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

I would recommend the course to my friends because students shall have many opportunities to experience natural environment by taking part in the fieldwork.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students? 

The staff from the international student department are very friendly and helpful. I remember the first time I stepped out from Heathrow Airport I was welcomed by friendly staff and they arranged a shuttle bus for us, and offered a free taxi trip to our accommodation when we arrived on campus. Honestly, I was really impressed by the wonderful arrangements and now I would like to thank you once again for all the hospitality from each and every one of you from Plymouth. Thank you!