Careers and Employability
Environmental Sciences is a degree intrinsically linked to employability and putting theory into practice. The School of Environmental Sciences has well-established links with some of the biggest industry names, which work alongside us in shaping our students for the job market.
Our graduates have excellent career prospects. The majority find graduate employment, for example in:
- environmental management and conservation
- local and central government agencies
- environmental consultancy
- weather forecasting
- government and university research
- geophysical services
- the energy sector
- oil industries
- the water industry.
Unistats statistics for employment data in 2012 show that our average graduates' salary, six months after graduating, is more than 10 per cent higher than the national figure. About 28 per cent of our graduates go on to further study for a higher degree.
It is not only technical skills and subject specific knowledge that we empower our students with during their time with us; the array of transferrable skills in report writing, presenting, statistical and analytical research as well as the confidence gained from being part of an engaged and intellectual student body mean that our graduates are more than prepared for careers in non-environmental sectors as well.
The School develops employability skills within all of its modules. In addition we also offer a dedicated ‘Employability Skills for Environmental Scientists' module in the second year of study for students particularly interested in this aspect of their University qualification. We constantly look to strengthen our links with industry as part of our Year in Industry programmes, but also for opportunities of joint final year research projects. We also have two industry-sponsored prizes for undergraduate students studying geophysics (the Gardline prize and the Mobil prize).
Recent BSc Environmental Sciences graduate Amy Butcher took part in our Graduate Internship Programme and secured a position with Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants. Amy had such an impact there that she was subsequently offered graduate level employment with the company. Amy commented, "I now have something positive to write in my CV. My placement with Delta Simons has not only given me work experience, it has given me a career path to follow."
Of course, the employment market is very competitive, and we endeavour to ensure that all our students receive advice and training to prepare them for the transition to employment or further study.
The UEA Careers and Employability Service supports students to reflect on their skills and aspirations and relate these to potential jobs and careers. They also give advice and run invaluable workshops on finding vacancies, interview techniques and how you can write your CV effectively for job or higher-degree applications.
The School, in conjunction with the Careers Centre, also organises regular career events, including graduates returning to give advice about developing your job prospects and career ideas to exhibitions and networking with potential employers in the environmental industries.