Natasha Scott, MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics alumna

Natasha Scott

What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

I am working for a large consulting company AECOM. My team is part of ground engineering, which covers a large range of ground investigation works. Much of our work involves investigations on or beside railways, but we are involved in a wide range of pre-construction information gathering for other clients.

My role is to oversee site works, carry out soil and rock logging, carry out in-situ testing and sampling, talk with onsite clients and make sure all work is carried out to a high standard of health and safety standards.

In terms of my current role I am aiming to learn, grow and take part in as many different projects as I can. I am hoping to achieve chartership within the next 3-5 years once I have enough experience.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

The MSc course I completed was very intense and required a lot of multi-tasking and thinking outside of the box. These aspects have helped a great deal in the world of work.

Generally, I felt well supported by the University during my degree, which then helped later when asking for help or clarification during my current role – very important for keeping safe during work.

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I completed my BSc Geological Science at Leeds and I wanted to stay as I knew the lecturers, the university resources and the quality of the teaching. When I looked at the course content, I felt that it would cover a great range of topics which would build on the knowledge I had gained through my first degree.

What was the best aspect of your course?

I was particularly interested in structural geology and minerals – both aspects of the course were taught very well. I also really enjoyed the fieldtrips to the south west of England, Spain and to the lead-zinc mine in Naavan, Ireland. These were engaging and really helped to put what we had learned into a practical context.

What activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

During my degree I took part in the Amnesty International, the School society GeolSoc, Yoga Society and Sign Language Society. I also achieved my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

Be prepared for a very heavy amount of work – it is a very intense course. I would say that if you are interested in structural geology, oil/gas or mineral deposits and geophysics this is the perfect course for you. There are so many opportunities to talk to industry professionals and you will make a very tight-knit group of friends. I would definitely recommend this course to enhance your geological skills and to make you more employable.