My career: Ruth Henderson

Environmental impact assessment co-ordinator, Royal HaskoningDHV

Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional?

I have always been passionate about the environment and the outdoors so there was no doubt I would end up turning it into a career.

What was your first job in the profession?

I volunteered as a research assistant with an NGO, gaining first-hand experience of conservation fieldwork, learning about different cultures, and spending time scuba diving! As an ecological surveyor in Tanzania and Madagascar, I conducted underwater surveys on fish populations and coral reefs.

How did you get your first role?

I studied for a master’s degree because at the time this was something that would help me stand out against my peers. I was able to use my formal qualifications along with the skills learned volunteering to demonstrate I had the right capabilities to join Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies. I joined its graduate scheme and worked on a range of environmental projects and undertook formal ...

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