Flood Risk Officer for the Environment Agency.
“I studied at Lincoln Minster School from 2007 to 2014 and then went on to study Geography BSc at Durham University, as a member of St Cuthbert’s Society College.
Lincoln Minster School shaped me to be the person that I am and also gave me the foundations to build a successful career in flood risk. I was also encouraged to pursue my hobbies outside of academia; in my case, music. During my time at University I was an active member of the Music department and this allowed me to travel to Budapest, Hungary and to Ljubljana, Slovenia on orchestra tours. The music department at Lincoln Minster gave me the opportunities to perform in some incredible venues; Lincoln Cathedral, Westminster Abbey as well as venues in Paris and Germany to name a few!
During the summer of 2017 I undertook a placement with Lincolnshire County Council under WSP as a Drainage Technician. Not only did this give me experience of working within a professional environment but also allowed me to build on my skills and knowledge from University.
Following graduation I accepted a job as a Flood Risk Officer within the Environment Agency in Lincoln. I was able to draw upon my skills I acquired during school fieldwork trips to Iceland and Switzerland during my interview and so my time at Lincoln Minster has left a lasting impact.
My advice to current students is to explore as many avenues as you can; I chose a wide range of GCSE and A-Level options in order to discover what I was most interested in. I would also encourage anyone to undertake work experience and to explore every option. Any work experience opportunity will allow you to learn and develop new skills which you can later apply both to schoolwork and beyond. Do what you want to do, follow your passions and you won’t go far wrong!”