Students were given a tour of the Met Office

Alumna hosts students at the Met Office

Alumna Ruth Steele organised for 63 Geography students from both of our Exeter and Penryn campuses to attend an Open Day at the Met Office. 

Ruth (BSc Geography 2005 and MA Landscape Archaeology 2006) is an active volunteer for the University and one of our alumni mentors, providing careers advice to current students. Ruth returned to the University in November to give a talk to current students as part of a ‘What next after a degree in Geography?’ session. Students were very interested in Ruth’s role as Senior Operational Meteorologist and following this, she kindly offered to host a group at the Met Office itself so that they could gain a deeper understanding of what working for the organisation is like.

The day began with a welcome from the Chief Executive, Rob Varley, followed by a series of ‘A Day in the Life of…’ talks from staff in a variety of roles, providing students with an insight into the many different departments and options for graduates. Students were also given a tour of the Met Office, a talk on how to apply for jobs, and took part in a Q&A with a panel of staff.

Feedback about the day from students was really positive, with one commenting that “it was a privilege to be able to meet and speak to professionals in a well-respected setting” and another noting their surprise at “the number of different roles and departments that exist – it’s about much more than just predicting the weather!”

For more information about alumni volunteering, including mentoring, please click here

Date: 24 March 2015

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