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    Im going to study Bsc geology at plymouth in September, and i was wondering what are the job prospects for a geology student? How hard is it for a graduate to find a job in industry in the uk or abroad.

    Hi Danielle,

    I studied BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology at Plymouth, graduated in 2012. I worked in Canada doing delineation studies on banded iron formations on Ellesmere Island for short while, and later began working on rotation on oil/gas rigs in Saudi Arabia with Geoservices, the mudlogging branch of Schlumberger.

    Currently I am working as an Advanced Geological Analyst (still in Saudi, working 6 weeks on 3 weeks off). I do x-ray diffraction & fluorescence, TOC, NMR and gamma readings from drilled rock cuttings returned to surface, and provide facies analysis to the client. The rotation is good in that you get 4-6 months a year paid vacation. If you're good, after 2 years you can be on £30k+ depending on how much you work and whether the country you are assigned to is a growth area.

    Lots of my coursemates went on to geotechnical engineering firms or continued into a more specialised masters degree. Also, a few became environmental consultants working across the country. We have geochemists, GIS specialists and more mudloggers in the graduating group as well.Focus on which parts of your degree you like the most, and stick to it. If there are geophysics modules available to study in your second and third year they will become very beneficial; do not underestimate the number of doors opened by being able to use modelling software and being proficient at seismic data processing and interpretation.

    As for interships etc, it would serve you very well to become a member of the geological society of London (GSL), and if it is your thing also the petroleum exploration society of Great Britain (PESGB). Both run multiple conferences and workshops each year and you should go to as many as possible; if you can try to get involved in the events themselves as a volunteer. They frequently hire and discuss job/internship opportunities at these conferences/exhibitions and at the end of your degree employers are much much more likely to take someone on if they have met them before as typically the recruiters themselves are the ones at these events.Good luck! Let me know if you have any specific questions about the oil and gas industry.
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    I was just wondering how long do graduates take to find jobs roughly from your experience in the oil and gas industry? Also is it hard to work abroad as in getting visas sponsors and so forth, because for me i really do want to move abroad to work when i graduate. Thankyou for the reply i am so pleased to hear back from someone who has done what i am hoping to do.


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