Rachel Dixon

Current Employer: Jacobs

Current Job Title: Land Quality Graduate

Current Location: Manchester

 

"I completed a Masters degree in Engineering Geology and decided to go into the geo-environmental industry. Since then, I have worked on a diverse range of projects from critical national infrastructure to remediation of chemical manufacturing sites.

"I love being able to travel and see new places, some that I didn’t even know existed. I have been lucky enough to undertake a couple of projects in Northern Ireland, which included a trip to the Giant’s Causeway – a geologist’s dream!"

"I loved the idea of being by the sea and studying such a unique course, which was so relevant to the environment in which I was living; there was so much on my doorstep in terms of what I was learning about.

"The academic staff were always there to help and push you to achieve your full potential, and I always felt comfortable asking for help. I felt like nothing was ever too much trouble and the staff gave up their own time on many occasions, especially during fieldwork, to offer support."

"Fieldwork was inspiring! It was always good to see features in the field and have discussions with staff to try and piece together different observations. Fieldwork also gave me the opportunity to visit and appreciate some beautiful places. 

"My final year fieldtrip to Death Valley was amazing. It was great to see such different geology to that I had seen in the UK. The staff also made this trip really fun and the final two nights in Las Vegas topped it off!"

"During my final year we had talks from past students, which I found really useful to see and hear about all the different roles that they were working in. This then led me look into some of the other career routes that could be available to me outside of some of the more traditional ones.

"I also used the Careers Service to help take my CV from something basic to something that was suitable and would stand out when applying for graduate jobs. They really helped me to see how things I had done outside of University could set me apart from other graduates with similar qualifications."