Emily P.

Graduate Air Quality Consultant
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About me

Emily P.
Environment
Environmental Geography
Undergraduate
Vanbrugh
2014
United Kingdom

My employment

Graduate Air Quality Consultant
United Kingdom

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A day in the life of a Graduate Air Quality Consultant in the United Kingdom

I create extensive models of air quality across the UK

What I do

Air Quality Analysis - I create extensive models of air quality across the UK allowing clients to proceed with planning applications for a range of development projects.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Willingness to learn; I'm only just starting out in my career, my boss knows that, but he also expects me to get stuck in and take on as many challenges as I can.

Being adaptable; Every project I do is different and I have to be able to know what needs to happen where, and when. Easily developed by doing more and more projects - everything just takes time!

A degree and dissertation in the field I'm working in now might have helped too!

What I like most

How challenging every day is.

What I like least

Having to read all the legislation.

What surprised me most

How much I'm enjoying it. I never wanted to go into Air Quality after my dissertation, but it's turned out to be the best thing I could have chosen to do.

How I looked for work

I took a year out before I started working. About half way through that year I started looking, but don't let that scare you! I didn't get an interview until 7 months later!
I used websites such as conservationcareers.com and environmentjobs.co.uk. I preferred using the latter, and made sure they sent me weekly updates of new job postings.
Ultimately just be determined and don't lose hope. Hours of internet searching can be soul destroying after a few months, but you'll find the perfect job eventually!

How I found out about the job

environmentjobs.co.uk

The recruitment process

I had to e-mail a cover letter and CV to the company. The next day they replied offering me an interview which I went to the next week. By Tuesday the following week I had a job.

My career goals when I graduated

I knew I wanted to do something related to Environment, but overall I had no idea what that was. I decided going travelling for a year would narrow it down for me, which it didn't. So I just applied to everything environment related.

My career history

I've pretty much gone from Uni to South Africa volunteering for a year, to my career now (which I've only been at for a month).

What has helped my career to progress

Perseverance.

How my studies have helped my career

My dissertation was massively related to the work I'm doing now, which has helped a lot. I learnt all of the background knowledge I need now in my third year, so all the lectures did actually help.

What surprised me about my career so far

Being an adult, getting a job and having a career is not as scary as you think it will be.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

Working abroad, working within the environment rather than at a desk for the environment.

My advice to students considering work

Be prepared for competition. People always say there are so many people competing to get jobs.. but seriously there are. Be prepared to wait. I had to wait four months before I heard off a company about being invited to an assessment day.

My advice about working in my industry

Don't worry too much about not having the exact qualifications or experience. If you're confident and show you have the willingness to learn, it's better than not even looking in the first place.

Other advice

Enjoy yourself. If you can, take the time to travel and see as much of the world as you can. So many of my friends regret not taking that chance, and now they're stuck working full time with 28 days holiday to fit it into.
Jobs will always be around, especially in the environment sector.

Contacting me

Life as a graduate, someone lost in the space in-between, and as a full-time career woman.

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