Outstanding career preparation
Since graduating from his MSc at Lancaster, Adam Bell has begun working within the nuclear industry with a view to a career within the environmental sector. “I am approximately six months into a Graduate Scheme within the nuclear industry as an Environmental Compliance Advisor, where my main role is to provide support to a team of Environmental Specialists,” he says. “The scheme offers secondment opportunities to different sectors of the company, and I plan to complete three months within Waste Management Services this summer. I would like to complete the Graduate Scheme and become a Chartered Environmentalist through IEMA. Beyond this, I would like to remain with my current employer, seeking management roles as I develop the necessary experience.”
Adam feels that he is able to apply the skills and knowledge that he gained while studying here within his new profession. “The knowledge and skills I have gained at Lancaster have definitely helped me understand certain aspects of my current job, as well as my progress with IEMA membership,” he says. “For example, I have been able to apply my knowledge to the energy department as a result of my Masters degree.”
Adam chose to study at Lancaster due to its enviable location, as well as our excellent and internationally recognised reputation. “Lancaster University is local to my home town of Barrow-in-Furness, and performs consistently well in league tables, both overall and in my discipline of Environmental Science,” he says. “As well as this, I was attracted by the beautiful campus and the fantastic opportunities offered throughout my degree.”
Other aspects that Adam appreciated about studying at Lancaster included the social aspects of student life and the wealth of activities on offer, as well as the opportunities for internships, field trips and practical work. “There were plenty of favourite parts of my degree – firstly, meeting an incredible bunch of people who I got to know well, inside and outside of lectures,” he says. “I particularly enjoyed the field trips and practicals which were varied and interesting. During my Masters year, I took the opportunity to work in partnership with a company to complete my dissertation. As well as this, I found an opportunity via LEC’s careers announcements to gain an internship opportunity with a local company.
“It was an incredible experience, where I met friends for life through being a member of Lancaster University Korfball Club, the Graduate Bar Sports teams and through my colleges. The University’s collegiate system is a great setup and is certainly one of its selling points. I have made plenty of memories, and will continue to regularly visit the University when I have the opportunity to.”