Brexit Policy Officer- working on Brexit for Welsh Government
I studied BSc (Hons) Geography and achieved First Class Honours. My dissertation aimed to develop a new approach to offshore wind farm siting in the Welsh marine plan area and assessed the extent to which Welsh Government renewables targets could be met with the deployment of offshore wind turbines in respect of physical constraints and suitability criteria which I analysed using multi-criteria decision-making techniques. I was awarded the Sir Dudley Stamp prize for best physical geography dissertation in the field of environmental sciences, and Best Overall Performance in Physical Geography at Year 3.
I am currently working with the Welsh Government’s Decarbonisation and Energy Division as a Brexit Policy Officer and am enjoying being able to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during my degree course into a fast-paced and complex situation. I work across the Brexit work streams from legislation to negotiations and operational readiness planning. I am also involved in work for other areas of the division, such as the decarbonisation branch where I work on the communications for our latest delivery plan.
As well as the subject-specific skills my degree provided me with, such as an in-depth knowledge of the science behind climate change, my degree allowed me to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as data analysis, report writing, and written communication, which are essential in my new role with Welsh Government.
When studying in Swansea, I really enjoyed the academic opportunities that were on offer, such as working as a student demonstrator during the third year, or as an open day ambassador. I found Swansea was very supportive in ensuring students made the most of their degree by getting involved in other opportunities within the department and college as a whole. I undertook the Swansea Employability Award to Platinum Level and think this was really beneficial in aiding my graduate job search and providing me with careers advice and support. I would also add that Swansea were great in terms of student support, and were really helpful in coordinating my transfer into year 2 (I attended the University of Exeter for the first year of my course).
My advice to new students thinking of applying to study at Swansea would be to go to the university that they feel most at home at and where they think they will fit in with the culture of the university. I found Swansea supported its students well and it was a relaxed environment in which to study which suited me. I’d also say to try and get involved with as many opportunities as possible during first year and to study a broad range of modules to find out what you’re interested in.