James Shears

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Construction
Job title: Environmental & Sustainability Manager
Subject of study: Geography with Environmental Management
Year of graduation: 2014
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Overbury & Morgan Lovell

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

Since leaving Exeter I have been working as an Environmental & Sustainability Manager for fit out contractors, Overbury and Morgan Lovell. I have been responsible for waste management for the company; assisting our clients with environmental assessments for their projects; ensuring sustainable sourcing of materials and maintaining our ISO 14001 certified environmental management system.

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

I didn’t aim to be in construction, I fell into it following my internship as part of the Green Consultants programme. I love my career, and particularly enjoy that every day is so different and varied. I travel a lot with work and see some amazing things; and its great to be involved in shaping the future of a sustainable built environment.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I was on the Cornwall campus, and I loved the small size of the campus and that our lectures and classes were small so it was much more or a personalised experience. You knew all of your classmates and your lecturers knew you and your interests.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study in Exeter based on both the location and the course. I loved the idea of studying by the sea and that the campus was so small and compact.

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

I think that the most important skills were the soft skills; such as communication and presentation skills. I learnt the important environmental management skills whilst learning on the job, but the soft skills I had to use from the start; especially the communication skills as I meet a lot of people in my job.

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

I would make sure you get some actual experience; through both work experience and internships. Getting some on-hand experience and knowledge will really put you ahead of the competition. I also encourage you to set up a LinkedIn profile and keep it up to date; as a lot of recruitment is now done through LinkedIn.


Similar Alumni

Rachael Sims

Tarmac. Since leaving Exeter I got a job on the Tarmac graduate scheme as a Graduate Geologist. I am now coming to the end of my scheme now and will be transitioning into my end role soon within the geology team.

Zac Porter

Turner & Townsend. Since I left Exeter, I have worked for DHL Supply Chain in contract logistics management before finding a new role with a construction consultancy called Turner & Townsend.