Imogen Sparks

Country: Germany
Sector: Natural Resources
Job title: ESG Analyst
Subject of study: Politics and International Relations
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Teck Resources

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since leaving completing my undergraduate in Politics and International Relations I went on to do a Masters in Mining Environmental Management and have since done internships with Cornish Lithium, Cornwall Mining Consultants before starting my role as an ESG analyst at Teck Resources

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I chose this career as the potential for change and the ability to create an impact in the industry was really appealing and the drive towards sustainability that the mining industry is going through was really appealing

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The biggest highlight of my program was how many different modules were available and the opportunity to gain insights to lots of interdisciplinary topics

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I loved the community feel of the Penryn Campus

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study at Exeter Penryn because of the lifestyle that living by the beach offered me. I also loved the sustainability focus of the Penryn Campus

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

My best experiences have been doing internships and work experiences – which were available to me by either emailing companies I was interested in or applying to different internships I saw online

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Don’t be afraid to email or message either companies or people you find interesting and want to learn more about


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