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I am currently looking for Geology related work experience as I will be applying to university this year, although, I am not interested in the petroleum industry. Does anyone know of any work experience places available?

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Hi,

I am currently looking for Geology related work experience as I will be applying to university this year, although, I am not interested in the petroleum industry. Does anyone know of any work experience places available?

Thanks!
There's http://www.bgs.ac.uk/vacancies/workE...tml?src=topNav but the last deadline to apply is tomorrow. It might be worth contacting your nearest EA office to see if they have any opportunities https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...ronment-agency or contact http://www.ceh.ac.uk/volunteering to see if they have any opportunities. Or have a look at http://jobs.newscientist.com/en-gb/searchjobs/ and filter it to environment/earth science jobs and contact the companies advertising directly.

Geology is an academic subject though - you don't need work experience in order to apply or to demonstrate an interest beyond your current curriculum (see http://www.bgs.ac.uk/vacancies/Studying.htm )
Have a look at http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/ and the bgs/bas websites and find out your local university geology/earth science departments to see if they run any open events or public lectures.

If you're on or near to the South Coast then http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~imw/ is an amazing resource for organising your own field trips with friends/family (I know it looks a bit dated as a website but the content is brilliantly detailed and very well explained).
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If you want geological work experience (which is not necessary, as PQ said), your best bet is probably emailing any local universities to ask if they can offer you anything; that's how I got mine (and it was a great week!). Other than that I guess you could try environmental or geotechnical consultancies but try universities first. It's really important to stress though that you do NOT need work experience or even experience of field work to get into a good university for geology, because they are fully aware that not everyone has the opportunity to do that.
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Hi,

I am currently looking for Geology related work experience as I will be applying to university this year, although, I am not interested in the petroleum industry. Does anyone know of any work experience places available?

Thanks!
Hey there, where are you looking at applying?
Not sure if it's been quoted already but if you try the BGS website they have a voluntary work experience placement for 18 and under
Also try museums, if you have a geology charity/heritage trust they may be able to offer you something, ie if they operate geology walking tours you could help out with that. But literally barely anyone has work experience from before university on my course, there's few enough people that can get experience with 2 years of a degree! So don't worry if you don't get any replies
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If you want geological work experience (which is not necessary, as PQ said), your best bet is probably emailing any local universities to ask if they can offer you anything; that's how I got mine (and it was a great week!). Other than that I guess you could try environmental or geotechnical consultancies but try universities first. It's really important to stress though that you do NOT need work experience or even experience of field work to get into a good university for geology, because they are fully aware that not everyone has the opportunity to do that.
Hi, I'm really interested in doing this too; which university did you go to and how did you approach them? Thank you
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Hi, I'm really interested in doing this too; which university did you go to and how did you approach them? Thank you
UCL was the university I contacted. I had originally asked the undergraduate admissions tutor at the open day if it would be possible to do some work experience and she told me to send her an email (which I did, explaining why I wanted to do it and I attached my CV) but it's absolutely fine to just send an email to someone without inquiring in person.
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Awesome, thank you!
(Original post by Plagioclase)
UCL was the university I contacted. I had originally asked the undergraduate admissions tutor at the open day if it would be possible to do some work experience and she told me to send her an email (which I did, explaining why I wanted to do it and I attached my CV) but it's absolutely fine to just send an email to someone without inquiring in person.
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Hi,

I am currently looking for Geology related work experience as I will be applying to university this year, although, I am not interested in the petroleum industry. Does anyone know of any work experience places available?

Thanks!
Like other people have said, work experience is not necessary for geology. However, I would second plagioclase's idea of contacting a local university. I emailed Oxford to get work experience, and spent a week making thin sections with them. I emailed with an introductory letter about why I wanted to do work experience and my CV. I got his contact details as I also did a week in geography/environmental science toking at soils. I also did a day of work shadowing at the International Seismological Centre, as earthquakes are an area of particular interest to me. Often companies are more responsive if you ask to do work shadowing rather than work experience, as you have less responsibility.
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Get a pet rock and tend to it's every need for a week and write a log book and make a scrap book of places you take the rock.


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Get a pet rock and tend to it's every need for a week and write a log book and make a scrap book of places you take the rock.


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I did Geology A level last year and now I'm studying Earth Sciences at oxford and this is what I spent my summer doing, great advice
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