July 31, 2020

George standing against a wall

Whatever your reasons for going to University, when you come out the other side, there is one thing you are thinking about; Employability. Fortunately for me, the environmental health course at Cardiff Met helped me out on my career path.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) and IOSH (Institute of Safety and Health), this means I did accredited modules by these industry bodies, this is also on my degree so employers can see this too when I apply for jobs. Since I have graduated, the course has gained another industry body accreditation – IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) – that’s great for you and your employability!

Choices, choices

The great thing about studying Environmental Health at Cardiff Met was the amount of areas that you can specialise in after graduation – the hardest part was choosing what to do. Public Health, Food Safety, Housing, Health and Safety and Environmental Protection – the Environmental Health degree covers them all. When I graduated in 2015, I chose to specialise in Housing, as I found this to be the most relatable area – everyone lives in houses. What I loved most however, was how all of the specialisation areas interlink – housing impacts on public health.

Putting it in practise

The main reason for choosing to study environmental health was that I wanted a job that would be both practical and theoretical which meant I wouldn’t be sat a desk all day. I remember applying for lots of jobs when I was finishing my degree. The first job I got was a Housing Standards Technical Officer at Portsmouth City Council. My course helped me when writing reports, after inspections, for schedules of work. As part of the degree, you do a HMO module, which stands for Housing of Multiple Occupancy. This was a great way for me to put into practice the different licensing standards. I also completed a HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) equivalent qualification, this really helped prepare me for what inspections in the real world would be like, and understanding housing maintenance.

Undertaking a Damp Meter reading

Today

I’ve since moved back to Cardiff, working for a Housing Association as a Technical Officer. Although graduation was 5 years ago, I still use the knowledge gained on the course to help me in my job when completing maintenance surveys, fire risk assessments, and legionella risk assessments. I use the knowledge from the other specialisation areas, working closely with the Health and Safety team. I love my job, knowing that elements of what I learnt as part of my course can have a real impact on the tenant’s lives; ensuring they have a safe place to call home.

Top tips

  • Choose an area of specialisation you enjoy and have an interest in
  • Look at jobs in the sector
  • Get stuck into the assessments at Uni, they really help prepare you for the real working world
  • Link all aspects of environmental health together in your interviews