A student from Berkhamsted who graduated last week is wading into a new career in flood relief, after spending her final year working in her chosen field.
Thomasin Sayers, aged 22, who graduated last week from the University of Chester with a degree in French and Natural Hazard Management, is now working at the National Flood Forum as a trainee community flood resilience project officer.
She said: “While studying for my degree, flood risk management really captured my interest.I worked part time at a fluvial engineering consultancy from January to June, developing skills in modelling, mapping flood risk and producing a cost benefit for defence schemes throughout England and Wales.
“It was a struggle to do all of this to the best of my ability on top of my final year studies, however my job was in the field I wanted to pursue and I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity, so I had to learn to manage my time.
“I did compromise some of the social side of final year, but it was definitely worth it.
“Within a week of finishing university, I had started my new job and achieved a 2:1 degree, so I proved to myself that I’m able to manage my time and that it’s more than possible to focus on a career alongside your degree.”
Thomasin also took Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses on Flood Resilience at uni, which she credits as making the difference to her career path.”
She added: “The CPD courses gave me the opportunity to talk to people in similar careers, and to make some contacts within the industry. The first one I did was where I met the chief executive for the company I now work for!”
In future, Thomasin hopes to work in flood risk internationally in French-speaking countries.