Bristol, BS16XQ, UK
Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced; however, it poses an opportunity for innovation, collaboration and the evolution of industry practices. My experiences allow me to understand the need for effective thoughtful initiatives that are sensitive to others priorities, but principally combats the prevailing narrative that sustainability only happens at the cost of economic growth, which is crucial for the world to meet its carbon targets.
I believe I have the enthusiasm needed to make myself an effective team member. My current role means working and responding to frequent changes in Indian renewable legislation, analysing and thinking creatively about the impact of these changes and succinctly presenting this information to a wide audience. I have had to hone my ability to quickly identify credible sources of information while also seeking support from third parties when applicable.
My experience in carbon markets is evidence of my awareness and understanding of how policy effects industry and the public. I understand policy needs to combine the agendas of many stakeholders to create something that is impactful and principally allows individuals, corporations and governments to meet their goals.
Data analyst (environmental sector)
I have thoroughly enjoyed my postgraduate course in Environmental Engineering this last year as it has allowed me to study a range of subjects, many of which are relevant to environmental roles. These include environmental science, drinking water and wastewater treatment, as well as topics around economics and policies. When coupled with my undergraduate knowledge of biochemistry, I believe I have a strong background and demonstrable interest in the areas mentioned in the job description.
Furthermore, my self-chosen dissertation topic for my postgraduate course has been fascinating to me. I am assessing the feasibility of using different systems of macroalgae for bioremediation which are similar in principle to systems such as constructed wetlands. This has given me great insight into using the natural features of rivers and the use of constructed beds to prevent leaching of toxic compounds. I am also interested in using modelling software to predict outcomes given a set of defined inputs. For example, my undergraduate dissertation used MATLAB to model the interaction between two different organisms.
I am a proven hard-working and quick learning individual who is flexible, capable of good time-management and can bring positivity to a team. My track record of 1st class degree standards and A*s at A level show how quick to learn and hardworking I am. In previous employment in the Brighton and Hove web development team I worked hard to create a piece of conversion software for the department which required flexibility to work around programming issues as they arose. I have also had to be flexible throughout both of my dissertation topics as experimental results are not always the ones you would expect. Despite this, I obtained the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Biochemistry Prize for having the best project in the subject. Throughout my professional and academic life, I have strictly managed my time which has allowed me to produce better results, on time, in project work. For example, in the web development team I always had multiple projects ongoing simultaneously and had to plan workloads, through the use of Microsoft Outlook and Excel spreadsheets, so that deadlines could be met. Finally, academic work could be especially tough when multiple deadlines overlapped and the workload increased. It was vital during these times, especially when working in teams, to remain positive and encourage and support yourself and other members of the team.
I am therefore able to bring all of these experiences and attributes with me to any team I work in.