“On Monday, 11 February, in my role as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Ambassador, I attended a lunchtime drop-in session for students interested in a career in geosciences at Bury Grammar School, Greater Manchester, UK. I gave a 30-minute presentation on my career as a principal geoenvironmental consultant and explained how I got into the industry and what I do on a day-to-day basis. I described how varied our work can be from one day to the next, but how it is driven by the client’s requirements.
“The students seemed receptive to my presentation and were interested in the exciting opportunities I have had with RSK, including working in the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kazakhstan. Although the voluntary session had been advertised to both boys and girls, the audience was only female students, so I took the opportunity to encourage the girls to continue to develop their interest in STEM subjects.
“I would encourage anyone interested in supporting STEM subjects to go ahead and book in for a STEM introductory course. Information on how to do this, and more details on the scheme, can be found on the STEM website. Once you have signed up, you are sent a fortnightly list of opportunities in which to take part. Some are just quick sessions like the one I did; others are longer day sessions. They take place in a range of venues, including local schools, children’s museums and community groups.”
For more information on STEM, please visit the website.