The course covered a lot of content which I knew would prepare me when applying for graduate jobs after University
Can you tell us what a typical day in your role is like?
I am a GIS Support Officer in the GIS and Data Services team at Forest Research, and I am involved in the spatial data management of our Forester GIS web-platform that is delivered to Forest Research customers. Day-to-day I update existing spatial datasets in the database, process new datasets, manage the metadata catalogue, and keep on top of service requests from customers. I also help out with a range of GIS and data tasks in any ongoing projects and make the most of any training opportunities.
What attracted you to this role, and what aspect do you enjoy the most?
I was attracted to being able to use GIS in an environmental context, and within a sector that really interests me. It has been really enjoyable so far to learn more about forestry. There has also been a lot of opportunity for me to learn new skills, such as FME and Python which have been valuable too.
What skills did you learn during your degree that you use in your career?
During the MSc I became confident using a wide range of geospatial technologies, especially esri-based platforms such as ArcGIS Desktop, Pro, and Enterprise. I use esri technologies everyday, so this has been really valuable. I also learned how to handle different spatial data formats and gained independence in how to conduct different types of spatial analysis.
Why did you choose to study in USP at Sheffield?
I studied my undergraduate in Geography at Sheffield which is when I first started using GIS and became interested in using it. I came across the course and module information for the Applied GIS MSc, and knew it was a perfect opportunity for me to develop my GIS skills while being able to continue enjoying living in Sheffield. The course covered a lot of content which I knew would prepare me when applying for graduate jobs after University, and also offered the flexibility for me to be able to study what I found interesting within GIS.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying/looking for work in your field?
Do not be discouraged by not having all the experience that is listed in a job advert, apply anyway. Being able to demonstrate a passion for GIS and eagerness to learn new skills can be just as important. Even if you are not applying for jobs yet, take a look at GIS job adverts to see what employers tend to look for and to get a general feel for the field. I would recommend learning any coding/ automation GIS skills if you can, as that always seems to be desirable!