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UCR Landscape Architecture graduate achieves dream career

Karen Ollier, who graduated from University Centre Reaseheath with a BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture degree in 2022, has now progressed onto her dream career working as a Green Spaces Project Officer. Read below to find out more about her experience of studying at University Centre Reaseheath and what her exciting new career path involves.

I completed my BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture degree at University Centre Reaseheath in 2022 and I am absolutely delighted to have now been offered an amazing opportunity to work as a Green Spaces Project Officer, using all the skills and experience I gained on my course. 

My role is very fast-paced and requires me to carry out a range of initiatives such as tree planting and peat restoration for our nature-based carbon capture project, with the primary aim of achieving our 2025 carbon neutral target. 

I must admit it was a little daunting at first leaving my stable career in quality assurance to begin my new venture, but looking back it was absolutely the right decision. I love having a rewarding career where I can see the direct results of my work and know that I am playing a part in helping to protect the planet for future generations.  

As many organisations now have carbon neutral targets and sustainability strategies, there are lots of opportunities for skilled graduates with backgrounds in areas such as Landscape Architecture to work in the sector. I gained such a broad understanding of the industry on my course and studied a wide variety of modules, so I had a lot of options open to me after graduating. 

I owe a lot to the lecturers at UCR; they are supportive, approachable, passionate about what they do, and they all have lots of industry experience to pass on too which prepared me well for employment. 

At UCR the class sizes are quite small, so you spend a lot of time with your lecturers and get to know everyone on your course well, which I really enjoyed. We also spent time studying alongside students on the Environmental Science degree courses too, which allowed us to gain extra skills and insights into the industry from a different perspective.  

If you are thinking about studying Landscape Architecture at UCR, all I can say is go for it! If you have a passion for nature and the environment and want to progress onto a rewarding career where you can make a difference to the world around you, Landscape Architecture is the degree course for you. 

Passion. It’s in our nature.

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