In second year, all undergraduate Geography students are able to undertake an optional module around work placements with industry. The work placement module provides students with an opportunity to develop their professional skills by spending time with an employer.
Students spend a minimum of 70 hours working under the direct supervision of the employer to give students an insight into the professional working environment. Students can work with the employer to support, assist, and observe a range of tasks that provide an insight into the nature of the organisation.
Assessment takes the form of a reflective learning report. Student will be asked to assess their own learning and reflect on the ways in which their academic learning and key skills developed through the study of Geography and how it relates to the demands of the workplace.
During my placement, I mainly worked within the Water Resource Planning and Water Quality Team which oversees the usage and contamination of water as well as the abstraction of water from the Lincolnshire area. My work involved the South Forty Foot Catchment, using GIS software called Easimap to map abstraction points along the foot. My second project was to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a constructed wetland in these locations. During my placement, I was able to give two major presentations which helped me to develop my personal speaking and time management skills. I also used a variety of software during the placement including Easimap, Excel and EDRMS, and developed a lot of problem-solving and critical skills.Environment Agency
My placement with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) was fantastic. I really enjoyed myself and found it interesting. It was quite eye opening to get an insight into EMAS and how this relates to Geography, as the research they are doing is extremely important. I am currently working with the Deputy Head of Clinical Audit and Research on an abstract and a poster that is being sent to Madrid for a conference. It is about Cardiac Arrest response times and how this can be improved. I also got the chance to sit in on ‘999’ calls to help me get an insight as to where the data that I have been analysing comes from and to understand the severity of some of the calls.East Midlands Ambulance Service
I did my work placement with Delta-Simons, an environmental consultancy company based in Lincoln. Their work focuses on specific sites across the UK, looking at contamination, pollution, and site suitability for building/construction projects - no two sites are the same! When I did monitoring we looked at groundwater levels and gas concentration, all of this is funnelled into the office work, which consists of logging the data collected in the field into a format that can be presented to the client, as well as writing huge reports that encompass everything about a site - from its history, to what has been done to the land surrounding it. All of these elements are used to see if the site can be used for the client's proposal.Delta Simons
The Lincoln City Council Planning Department are responsible for planning and overseeing new construction across the city of Lincoln. This includes managing vegetation, planning applications, community infrastructure, archaeology and more. I was able to experience the work place environment but also learnt new skills whilst further developing those skills which I have learnt whilst studying geography - eg the ability to use GIS in real-life scenarios. I also got the opportunity to attend business meetings with other council departments and external partners. This placement gave me a real sense of how interlinked geography with normal life - something that you learn about in lectures but don’t necessarily until you witness it first-hand.Lincoln City Council