I grew up in Perth. Most mornings on my summer holidays were spent at the beach, swimming or body surfing in the ocean.
I was always in awe of the ocean’s beauty, natural power, and everything that lives in it. This is part of the reason I chose to focus my career on doing something that helps protect the marine environment.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours almost 20 years ago and I am currently studying part time towards a Master of Environmental Law.
My work entails researching the marine environment in various parts of the world and the regulations in place to protect the ocean from the activities undertaken within it.
I also develop environmental impact assessments and undertake other environmental studies related to the effects of the offshore industry’s activities on the marine environment.
By developing procedures that can be implemented to prevent or minimise environmental impacts, I assist companies with gaining environmental approvals from the government as required to undertake their offshore activities, and helping them meet their various environmental obligations.
It’s so important to remember that humans don’t know everything, especially when it comes to the marine environment of the deep ocean.
We need to be mindful of this, and take it into consideration, when planning for and undertaking our activities within the ocean.
My parents taught me that working hard at school would mean that I would be able to choose whatever it was that I wanted to do with my life. They were right.
I offer that same advice to young people at school or starting out in their career. Work hard, look for new opportunities, embrace them, and you will be rewarded with choices.
Many opportunities I’ve taken were scary at the time, but they paid off as they were great stepping stones to other things.