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Case Study: Hannah Frith

Personal details
Degree:BSc Geography Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Geosciences
Year of Graduation:Jun-2012
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Met Office
Job title: Operational Meteorologist
Occupational Sector: Meteorology
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I applied to be a trainee forecaster during my final year at university. I was accepted on to the apprentice forecaster scheme and spent the summer working in the met office's customer services team before starting my initial forecasting course. I am now a qualified forecaster working at RAF Brize Norton.
What does your job involve ?
I provide aviation forecasts for the military for pilots based at RAF Brize Norton and for visiting aircraft along with forecasts for locations all around the world.
What are the best bits of your job ?
It is a very interesting and varied job and it's really interesting to be embedded with the military.
Why were you successful?
I believe I was successful because of the amount of extra curricular activities I took part in throughout university including playing hockey and being on the hockey committee, working in the students union and being involved in the athletic union, bubble TV, project Zambia and the geography society.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Think outside the box for your career - not many people end up in a job relating to their degree so make sure you consider lots of options!
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Apply as early as you can, and really get to know what the job involves. It's hard work with long hours and night shifts which can put people off so dedication is important!