Lauren Burt

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Non-profit - Other
Job title: Coastal Engineer
Subject of study: Geography
Year of graduation: 2011
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

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

After graduation, I enrolled on a Field Tutor apprenticeship with the Field Studies Council. I then worked as a Coastal Scientist for 5 years, whilst studying for a MSc in Coastal Engineering in Southampton (fully sponsored). I then secured a job as Graduate Coastal Engineer with New Forest District Council, and have recently taken on a new role as Coastal Engineer with the East Solent Coastal Partnership. Since graduation I have also worked towards becoming chartered in Geography, and have recently been awarded this CGeog (geomorph) status with the Royal Geographical Society

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

As a Coastal Engineer, work revolves around the coastline so you cant escape from spending lots of time by the sea! I love problem solving and in light of rising sea levels and increased risk of flooding and coastal erosion- I am in my element!

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

CSM Ladies Hockey Club.

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

I most enjoyed studying those topics that aligned with my passion in coastal science, engineering and management.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Beautiful campus and location.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The modules were appealing to me.

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

Take chances, don’t be afraid to move for your dream job, build up your experience to help you get to where you want to be, don’t lose your drive, and if you get too settled it’s time to move on!

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

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in coastal science and engineering. I selected relevant modules at undergraduate level, and completed my dissertation in coastal science. My first work experience included teaching coastal field studies around the UK and I used this to secure my first job in coastal science (regional coastal monitoring). I was able to demonstrate my passion and ability within the subject and this led to sponsorship of a part time masters in Coastal Science and Engineering.

What are your plans for the future?

I am now working with a coastal partnership to deliver multi-million pound capital projects that aim to reduce flood risk in the Portsmouth area. This experience will enable me to work towards chartered engineer status and gain valuable experience in this sector.


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