I came to Birmingham straight after completing my A-Levels, one of which was Geology. The university was my first choice for a number of reasons, not least the department and the appeal of a lively big city.
'My degree has allowed me to follow a line of employment that interests me and has given me an excellent foundation for postgraduate study and workplace training courses.'
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the course was the variety of places that were visited on the fieldtrips. In the summer of my second year I went straight from completing my undergraduate mapping project to mud logging for a drilling contractor in Romania. After a short period of training I was able to work shifts on my own, logging and maintaining equipment during the drilling of a production well – quite a responsibility!
After graduating with a 2.2, I completed an MSc in Pollution Control. I am presently working full-time for the Environment Agency as a Technical Officer on a Contaminated Land and Groundwater Team based in the Midlands. This mainly involves work relating to landfill liner and cap construction. My degree has allowed me to follow a line of employment that interests me and has given me an excellent foundation for postgraduate study and workplace training courses.