Scott Walker took a Geology degree before opting for a MSc Hazard and Disaster Management in order to make himself ‘stand out from the crowd’.
He now works as a Civil Contingencies Officer for Newport City Council where he writes and updates plans for emergency situations and responds to threats to public safety. These threats range from epidemics; major industrial accidents; winter weather; flooding; widespread power outages and even acts of terrorism.
"The masters course definitely helped me get this job. Without it, I would not have had the specialist knowledge and experience required to enter the professional world of emergency planning and response.
"The two most important aspects of the course were the final year project and the field trip to Uganda.
"Throughout the course I developed an interest in the emergency management and co-ordination of major/minor incidents, so when it came to picking a topic for my project this was the area I was most keen to explore.
"My project was based on a piece of research commissioned by the Welsh Government and the British Red Cross, which was to identify the voluntary organisations in Gwent who could be called upon in the event of a major incident.
"Knowing that my research would be used by both these organisations made it even more rewarding.
"Another high point was the two-week field trip to Uganda, where I worked with the Ugandan Red Cross on disaster risk reduction projects. This, I believe, gave me unique experiences and insight, and following the field trip I was offered the job with Newport City Council.
"USW was great! My course was interesting, the tutors were engaging and the facilities were up there with the best.
"What’s more, I met great friends, had great experiences and made great memories.
"Above all, it helped me to secure a job which I see as a starting point for a really interesting and rewarding career."