Graduate Profile | Michael Simmons | Marine Science & Climate Change

23rd February 2022
Michael Simmons, one of our Master in Marine Science and Climate Change graduates, spoke to us about his experience studying at Unigib and where he is now.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Gibraltar?

I chose to study at the University of Gibraltar because it is in a unique location to study the marine environment. It is an amazing rock with so much to offer in terms of personal life and adventures and great UK aligned programme. Studying at the University of Gibraltar enabled me to work alongside the Department of Environment and various other stakeholders to conduct my own research.

What are you doing now?

I have recently been offered a job working as a technician and education support officer for the Field Studies Council in Millport, Scotland. I am yet to start but my role will include liaising with Universities to prepare them for trips to the centre and ensure equipment is ready for them to do their research. I will also assist teachers in giving lessons about the local marine environment, sustainability and climate change.

How did you get there?

I have applied to many jobs since graduating across the UK and the world. It has been difficult and a tiring practice tweaking my CV and writing job specific cover letters. I have applied for various roles in the industry but I think the role I have been offered is ideal for me. I used my personal experience from conducting my own research and working with various stakeholders to demonstrate what I can bring to the job.

Where would you like to see your career go?

I would like to stay in the Marine science industry however I am flexible and would like to see where my career takes me. I would like to experience different fields and hopefully have the opportunity to conduct research at various locations around the world.

What, if anything, would you have done differently during your time at the University of Gibraltar to help better prepare for your career/ life after graduation?

There is not a lot I would change about my time in Gibraltar, I was lucky enough to make some amazing friends, learn some Spanish and complete a Master’s degree in a field I am extremely passionate about.
  • MSc

    Master in Marine Science & Climate Change

    Designed and delivered by expert academics and scientists, this full or part-time interdisciplinary programme blends theoretical study with practical, field-based work. You will cover specialist subject areas and gain the skills required to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable development of marine ecosystems.[...]

    1 Year

    No Placement option

    Full Time

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