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Case Study: David Bowers

Personal details
Degree:Geography MA Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Geosciences
Year of Graduation:Jun-2013
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Building Research Establishment
Job title: Quality Auditor
Occupational Sector: Sustainability Consultancy
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I graduated with a Geography degree and some professional experience in environmental policy, awareness and research. Following a three and a half month internship at the Energy Saving Trust Scotland, I was appointed as Quality Auditor at the BRE.
What does your job involve ?
I audit assessments of BREEAM rated developments. Following my audit I either certify the development or suggest ways in which the assessment might satisfy the criteria of the relevant BREEAM scheme.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Working in a centre of sustainable innovation is particularly inspiring while engaging with the technical specifications of sustainable design is interesting and satisfying in equal measure.
Why were you successful?
Work experience at the Energy Saving Trust and experience of working with BREEAM developments. Also having a contact who worked in the office.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Environmental knowledge (climate science, environmental management etc.) - An ability to deal with quantitative data - The drive to complete a task to the best of my abilities.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Get unpaid experience. Paid internships in the environmental sector are very competitive. Offering your services for free, if only for a few days, can not only make your CV stand out but will show you are willing to take the initiative to get a breadth of experience in the environmental sector. Maybe even combine this with a holiday. For example, if you manage to get some shadowing experience at the EU, why not do this in the holidays and use it as an opportunity to enjoy Brussels?