School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
In SEES we are on hand to guide you in your choice of career and help you to get your first graduate job. Throughout your course we help you to plan for your future.
We do this by:
- Making sure jobs and careers are part of all our degree programmes
- Talking to potential employers to make sure we are helping you develop skills that they are looking for
- Organising Job and Placement Fairs which give you the opportunity to meet potential employers before you have graduated. We also help students attend other specialist career events locally and nationally.
- Maintaining strong links with potential employers which means we can offer great student placements and learning at work opportunities
The University careers advisors are also on hand to help with applications and interview training, and providing information on latest careers news and events.
Here are some examples of where our graduates are now:
- Angelina Varchione
- Studied: BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
- Current job: Geotechnical Engineer
Before officially receiving her degree, Angelina had two offers from engineering companies and subsequently accepted a job with GEA (Geotechnical and Environmental Associates) at the head office based in St Albans. Her role at GEA incorporates office and site work where she is involved on a day-to-day basis in all that goes into designing, supervising and interpreting ground investigation data for construction projects.
I chose my degree as it is an applied course which was instrumental in securing my job. My boss specifically wanted a graduate from Portsmouth with my degree. I was very fortunate to have such great lecturers in my department who supply a mix of academic and industry experience and passion for their subjects.
- Iain Vincent
- Studied: BSc Marine Environmental Science
- Current job: Director & Consultant
After graduating from the Portsmouth Iain founded De-energise Limited, a consultancy company that identifies energy reduction strategies for companies in the private sector. The company specialises in modelling energy consumption, outputting related carbon emissions and developing scenarios that feature a range of opportunities to reduce energy consumption and reduce emissions. It took over 12 months until the company had developed its systems and established a foundation upon which successful commercial work could be undertaken.
As the sole director of De-energise I manage the strategic development of the business and engage with the consultancy aspect of our work. Although I read Marine Environmental Science, I enjoyed the aspects of my course that related more closely to climate change and carbon management and opted for units that were closer to this area of study. My degree provided the inspiration to establish De-energise.
- Steve Aplin
- Studied: Applied Physics
- Current job: Research Scientist
Since finishing his PhD at Portsmouth in 2003, Steve has been working as a research scientist at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY). His research concerns the field of Particle Physics, and he is currently working on the International Linear Collider (ILC) project. The ILC is a proposed electron-positron collider that will complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a proton-proton collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), and will give physicists a new cosmic doorway to explore energy regimes beyond the reach of today's accelerators.
My first opportunity in research was provided through the placement year - I spent the third year of my course working at DESY, and basically everything grew out of that. That year provided me with a great chance to build on the things which I had leant in the first two years of my course, and instilled in me a real focus for the rest of my course. Certainly when doing my A-levels nobody thought I would end up as a research scientist, least of all me. Well I can happily say that the opportunities provided to me at Portsmouth certainly changed all that.