Student insight - Joseph Kennedy
Discipline Engineer – Geotechnics, Tube Lines Limited

I chose to study Earth Science, as I had a keen interest in geology and physical geography and wanted to study a course that would give me the skills to ultimately achieve employment in a job associated with this subject. I looked at a number of universities but Plymouth immediately stood out after visiting it on an open day.  I was impressed with the campus and its location in the South West which was perfect for pursuing my hobbies of surfing and walking. The deciding factor however, was the friendliness of the staff and current students and the excellent degree programme that the University offered.

After graduation (and passing my driving test) I became employed as an engineering geologist with Glover GB Site Investigations. The role was based in Essex and my main responsibilities were to manage site investigations across the country for a wide range of projects, ranging from the M25 Widening Scheme, to a proposed wind farm in Devon. I gained experience in all aspects of ground investigation and the associated reporting, tendering and health and safety processes. After two years with Glover GB I was offered a job with Tube Lines Limited, having successfully completed a project for them on the London Underground.

My role involves carrying out ground investigations on London Underground earth structures to ensure that they are in a safe and stable condition. This includes completing site investigations from desk study to geotechnical interpretive reporting, carrying out slope stability analysis and designing remedial structures. I am ultimately looking to become a Chartered Geologist so gaining good interpretive experience is very important.

Completing my degree at Plymouth has given me both the practical and written skills needed to carry out my job. It also gave me the basic knowledge needed to work in the industry of engineering geology.  Furthermore, it gave me the knowledge and experience of how to apply for a job, produce a CV and what to do in an interview. These are the most important skills for any graduate when leaving university and the module I completed covering this has proved invaluable.