Small is Beautiful

Scott Dawson is an Environmental Consultant specialising in hydrology at multi-disciplinary environment consultancy Enzygo. A recent graduate of the CIWEM Accredited MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management at University of Leeds, he explains how he was employed and working in the field before finishing his degree, he gives advice on how to get started on a career in water and environment

Degrees Studied:
BSC Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University (graduated 2012)
MSc Catchment Dynamics and Management at University of Leeds (2013)

How did you get your current job?
I actually got my job with Enzygo by chance – I saw an ad by a recruitment consultant looking for an experienced hydrologist at principal level for work in the Yorkshire area. I emailed him stating that while I didn’t have the experience required for the advertised role, I would be interested in any graduate-level opportunities they had. He contacted me straight away and discussed my CV with an Enzygo director before arranging a meeting.

As a mature student, I had previously worked full-time and I was already competent with Excel and word processing; skills which were noted as desirable by my current employer – never underestimate the appeal of working life experience. I had also completed a work placement module at the EA while studying to ensure that I had some industry experience in hydrology and modelling, and my experience with using hydrological modelling software was very important to my current employer. I gained an offer of employment and start work before I even graduated.

How relevant was your degree in securing your current job?
The relevance was extremely high. The course was accredited by CIWEM and was geared towards preparing candidates for work in the environment sector while also encouraging further study. Previous candidates have all gained employment related to the sector in some form and this was drew for my choosing this course, as well as the fact that the MSc is widely known in the industry as an excellent course for preparing graduates.

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