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Kate Kelly MSc Oceanography, 1988

Marine Scientist, Atlas Elektronik UK

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Kate Kelly studied MSc Oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Studying for an MSc in Oceanography led directly into both the technical career I have pursued ever since as well as influencing my writing

What made you select the University of Southampton?

I chose Southampton primarily because of the course. At the time it was one of only two universities in the country offering an MSc in Oceanography.

How did Southampton help you settle in once you started?

It is a bit different starting a new University as a post graduate to starting as an undergraduate. I already knew what to expect and I had already met my tutor. I was staying in the post-graduate block at Montefiore so it didn’t take long to make friends.

What is Southampton like as a place to study?

The university was a great place to study. The campus is a lovely environment and I remember the library being particularly comprehensive. This was, of course, when the Oceanography department was still at the Burgess Road site, so everything was really close by and accessible.

What did you enjoy about the course?

The course was really interesting and varied. I came from a geological background but there was plenty of scope to diversify and study different aspects of the subject. I particularly enjoyed the work we did at sea.

How did your studies and experience at Southampton shape your future?

Studying for an MSc in Oceanography led directly into both the technical career I have pursued ever since as well as influencing my writing. There is definitely an oceanographic theme to my children’s novel Red Rock.

What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at Southampton?

Try to find the right balance between work and your social life. This is something I wasn’t very good at as I tended to veer towards too much socialising and not enough work!

What tips would you give to current students looking to start a career in your sector? What could they be doing now to make themselves more employable when they graduate in the future?

If you can try to get a work placement during the holidays in a related industry to the one you hope to go into. Even if they are not advertising placements it well worth asking if they are in a field that interests you.

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