Sam Gillcrist with Professor Chris Caseldine.

Geography student awarded Floella Benjamin Career Development Award 2009/10

Sam Gillchrest, a third year BSc Geography student at Tremough has been awarded a £1,000 Floella Benjamin Career Development Award.

Floella Benjamin Career Development Awards of £1000 are awarded each year to penultimate and final year undergraduate students studying a University of Exeter degree programme. Students must write a proposal about their career plans and describe how they would spend up to £1,000 to help them get a great job. They must also write a covering letter to Chancellor Floella Benjamin who chooses the five winners.

Geography student Sam Gillchrest will use the Floella Award to finance the RYA Competent Crew and Yacht Master Ocean Theory Courses. By completing these courses he would then be able to achieve a long-term goal of taking the Yacht Master Ocean Certificate of Competence examination. Successful candidates receive a highly desirable and respected qualification, that allows them to take a vessel under 200 tons in weight anywhere in the world. This would allow Sam to be considered as a potential candidate to join the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a watch officer. The role of a watch officer is based on coordinating maritime search and rescue operations. The experience gained in completing these courses would be essential to a person in this role.

You can find out more about the awards on the website - www.exeter.ac.uk/employability/floellaawards.

Date: 15 December 2009

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