Alumni and Careers
Find out about what careers Earth Scientists have gone into and how we keep in touch with our Alumni.
Options open to an Earth Sciences graduate include:
- joining an Earth Sciences-related company
- graduate taught degree programme (usually Masters or Diploma level courses)
- graduate research (PhD; specific research programme)
- employment in a non-Earth Sciences field
- obtain further qualifications or training (e.g. post-graduate certificate of education)
Visit our Careers with an Earth Sciences Degree pages for details.
Earth Sciences Alumni Careers Event
The Earth Sciences Alumni Careers Event takes place yearly, usually in February . The event is always well received and attended. The participants have the opportunity to hear from a panel of our alumni, ask questions and network with them.
UCL Careers Service
The UCL Careers Service provide advice, information and guidance to students and graduates (for up to two years) on the following topics:
- Job hunting: looking for opportunities, making speculative applications and networking.
- Written applications: how to write a good CV and covering letter and what to consider when completing application forms.
- Interview skills: how to prepare, anticipating possible questions and how you might respond.
- Postgraduate study: taught, research and vocational training
- Working and studying abroad: international opportunities and global jobs.
- Career planning, career decisions and exploring your options after graduation.
- Careers Information Library: videos and reference books are available to view within the. This includes employer directories, graduate training schemes and occupational information.
Visit the Careers Service Website which also carries information about Employer Presentations, Careers Fairs and Forums.
The Earth Sciences Department has a dedicated Careers Adviser: Andrew Walsh whom you can contact via email or you can see him for 15-minute Quick Query to discuss your career needs. For more information about booking a Quick Query and to find out when Andrew is on duty visit the Careers Service website.
Within the Department, your first point of contact for careers advice is your Personal Tutor or MSc programme director. The Academic Administrator, Barbara Harder, coordinates careers activities within Earth Sciences. The Graduate Tutor, Dr Adrian Jones, may organise the Geological Society Careers Day.
Are you eligible for advice?
- Current Students: Yes! The service is aimed in different ways at all year groups within Earth Sciences.
- Recent Graduates: can access services by becoming members of GradClub.
Year-group-specific presentations will be made during term time (topics include 'summer work experience' for first years, ‘interview skills’ and ‘career options with your degree’ for finalists). Further information will be posted here.
The Careers Service website also carries information about Employer Presentations, Careers Fairs and Forums.
The diversity of the subjects means that geoscientists are employed in many different areas - see below - although five main broad areas may be defined:
Exploration and Production:
searching for and managing the extraction of natural resources such as fossil fuels (oil and gas), metals, construction materials. Includes mining geologists, mud loggers. Principal employers are usually the large oil, mining and civil engineering companies, but smaller consultants and contractors offer specialist services.
locating and managing the quantity and quality of global water supplies.
Environmental and Engineering:
investigating and monitoring ground conditions associated with construction, planning, land use, reclamation of contaminated land, waste disposal and health.
collecting surface and subsurface geological information, onshore and offshore, for geological, geophysical and geochemical maps and databases, the basic tools underpinning the utilisation of all geological resources.
Education and Research:
teaching and research in universities; teaching in schools and colleges; museum work.
Geoscientists are also be employed in the fields of:
Acoustic & Air Pollution
Commercial, Sales & Marketing
Contaminated Land &Remediation
Earth System Science
Hydrology / Hydrogeology / Water
Mining / Mineral Exploration
Natural Resource Management
Oceanography / Marine Sciences
Oil Field Services
Oil & Gas
Remote Sensing / GIS
Science Administration, Policy & Management
Space & Planetary Sciences
Transport Engineering & Planning
The Earth Sciences Alumni Careers Event takes place every year in February. The event is always well received and attended. The participants have the opportunity to hear from a panel of our alumni, ask questions and network with them.
CAREERS FORUM: 29th Jan. 2014
The annual Careers Forum takes place in the Garwood Lecture Theatre, from 6 – 7.30 and is followed by wine etc. in the Rock Room, where you are able to meet the speakers, and also Andy Walsh, the Careers Consultant within the UCL Careers Service who is responsible for Earth Sciences.
We bring panel of experts from industry and academia. Number of our graduates have also established themselves as self-employed consultants. Each speaker talked about his/her career path and what their current role is like. The full biographies of our speakers is provided in the reports.
- Information about the 2015 event
- Information about the 2014 event
- Report from the 2012 event
- Report from the 2011 event
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