An Interview With an Earth and Environmental Scientist

Dom studied Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Brighton, where he also started his career working in the environmental sciences department. He tells us about his time at university and early career.

Did you always want to work in earth and environmental science?

“Ever since I was a child, going hiking and fossil hunting, I always knew that I wouldn’t be studying and working in anything other than the earth and environmental science field.”

Do you feel your degree and experience has benefited you in the job field?

“Not only that, but it may soon allow me to be promoted to a position directly related to my studies and based in another country.”

What university did you attend, and how do you feel about it?

“I was a student at the University of Brighton. I had an amazing time and the lecturers were all very helpful. As a bonus, the University upgraded the earth sciences department halfway through my studies.”

What was your favourite project or module and why?

“My favourite project was my dissertation. I spent a ridiculous amount of hours and late nights on it,  but I had the opportunity to go out in the field to a location of my choice to undertake a project by myself. That meant that I felt in complete control of everything I had been taught previously.”

What are the best and worst things about being in the earth and environmental sciences?

“The best bit about earth sciences is the opportunity to travel and explore far-flung locations that you may have never visited, but the worst bit is that it’s not very common to find a relatable job near to home, meaning that you will probably have to move away for long periods of time.”

Where would you like to see yourself in 3 years?

“In 3 years’ time, I’m hoping that the global volunteering company that I’m currently working for will open up and put me in charge of their planned volcanology project studying volcanoes in Indonesia.”

As alumni, would you recommend doing anything different during your degree?

“I’d probably recommend building a close relationship with your lecturers as early as possible. If they trust you and can see that you’re working hard, you may find that they may put you in contact with someone about a trip or a graduate job for when you’re finished.”