I have worked on projects all over the world from East and West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Barents Sea, Eastern Canada.
“A PhD shows a company that you can be trusted to work independently, deliver results and present to clients.
“In my current role I analyse pore pressure and fracture pressure in existing oil and gas wells and make predictions of pressure in prospect wells that companies are looking to drill.
“The job requires a large geological input; you have to understand the entire system (depositional setting, tectonic regime, rock types) and each of their influences on development of fluid pressure underground.
“I also teach training courses on the theory behind what we do to clients, as well as teaching courses explaining how to use our software that clients can buy.
“I enjoy that every project is different. I have worked on projects all over the world from East and West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Barents Sea, Eastern Canada and with many different geological contexts hence each project requires thought and becomes very interesting.
“At undergraduate level the field trips were always great. Getting outdoors and actually seeing the rocks in a natural environment can re-affirm what you learnt in a lecture. It’s a great way to learn.
“At PhD level, it’s a great thing to be able to work independently and to be given the trust to do so. It gives you self-confidence when you finish and go into a job.”
“The BSc at Manchester involved a wide range of geology topics - a great platform for my current job as need to relate to all of my clients.
“I would suggest they really understand that geology is a practical science. You will be doing lots of practical exercises and field trips which are a great way to learn but if getting outside in potentially cold and wet weather is not your thing then think twice!”