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Graduation stories - change of career leads to dream job

1 December 2014

Siobhan Thompson returned to university as a mature student last year to study for her Masters in Industrial Environmental Management

Although her background wasn’t in this field, she gained a Distinction and feels it was the quality of teaching at Abertay that helped her achieve this.

Here she tells us what it was like going back to university and what she is doing now.

A change of career

“I came to Abertay when I was 27 after having worked in recruitment roles in the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen since my first graduation from Aberdeen University in Hispanic Studies and International Relations.

“I decided to retrain because long-term I knew I didn't want to have a career in recruitment and wanted to have a more exciting and challenging career, and the environment has always been something I have been passionate about - it is very topical and it is an area where many future challenges lie."

Why Abertay?

“I chose Abertay as I grew up with Dundee 15 minutes from my hometown of Arbroath so I know the city well - it has loads of character and a great atmosphere.

“On researching environmental Masters degrees, I was also particularly drawn to Abertay due to the expertise of the staff and the research undertaken at the Urban Water Technology Centre."

Life as a mature student

“I wasn't nervous at all about going back to uni as a mature student - I was really looking forward to it! In many ways, it's better going back as a mature student as you are more focused on what you want to achieve.

“The prospect of changing careers was definitely daunting though, as it is very hard for graduates these days. I am very lucky to have found something.

“I had to spend the summer - alongside writing my thesis - applying for jobs and attending interviews, which was pretty stressful and time consuming. But all worth it in the end!"

New job

“My new role is as a Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator for Global Energy Group in Dyce which I am really enjoying so far.

“I am currently working on a project to manage the health, safety and environmental statistics from all the business units that make up the company and will be gaining experience in the health and safety and environmental audit processes in the coming weeks. A big change from recruitment!"

Abertay highlights

“The best part of my time in Dundee was working with all my classmates who were mainly international students - it was great to have an interesting mix of cultures and opinions in group and field work.

“I would definitely encourage other students to study at Abertay - the expertise and enthusiasm of the teaching staff was second to none, and is definitely what helped me achieve a Distinction.”

We wish Siobhan all the very best of luck with her new job!

To find out more about postgraduate study at Abertay, please visit our course pages.

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