"When I started my final year of college, I had aspirations of going to university to study languages, with the ultimate goal of becoming a translator. All this changed when I began my Geology AS level on a friends recommendation. Within the first few weeks I developed a love for learning about how the Earth was made and what processes went into shaping the world we live in.
However, when it came to applying for university I had a dilemma; whether to apply for languages as I had always wanted to do, or take the risk and apply for Geology. The decision was easier than I thought when I visited the Earth Sciences department at University of Plymouth. The staff were friendly and helpful, the department well equipped and most importantly I felt comfortable and at home.
The course was more than I could have asked for, allowing me to expand my interest in Geology with lecturers who were genuinely interested in helping me achieve my goals. During my time at Plymouth I learnt about Earth Processes, Mineralogy, Engineering Geology, Fieldwork skills, Geophysics, relevant computer work and life skills; including CV writing, interview skills etc. – to name but a few! This was taught in a number of ways; including lectures, field trips, personal tutor sessions and evening talks. It wasn't until I began work that I appreciated how useful the skills I had developed during my time at University of Plymouth were. The large practical aspects of the courses makes any Plymouth graduate highly desirable within the Geoscience industry.
During the final year of my degree I began applying for jobs as well as for the MSc Engineering Geology course at Portsmouth University. I was offered a position as a mud logging geologist, as well as a place on the MSc. I decided to work in industry for a year before attending Portsmouth University to complete the MSc.
In my position as a mud logging geologist I worked two weeks on, two weeks off on oil rigs within the North Sea and off the coast of Greenland. This was a very practical job allowing me to develop the skills initially learnt at Plymouth, as well as providing an opportunity for me to travel before returning to university.
During my Master's degree I began working part time as a Geotechnical Engineer within the tunnelling industry, which I am currently doing full time. This work is very varied, with each project requiring different skills and focus. The work isn't always geology related; however, this allows me to extend my skills into other areas of the industry. The tunnelling and construction industry are quickly expanding, making my current job an exciting one.
Without University of Plymouth I would not have gained the knowledge and experience to be where I am today. I have no doubt that I made the right choice in choosing Geology as a career path and University of Plymouth."