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Louise O'Hara Murray: Environment Manager


Louise O’Hara Murray: Environment Manager

Oil & Gas UK — Aberdeen

"I’ve been amazing places and had incredible experiences because I studied science"

(Credit: Oil & Gas UK)

What do you do in your job?

I work with oil and gas companies, government and academics to understand the marine environment and the impact we have on it. Should there be an oil spill, I plan how the organisations would talk about it and share information.

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

We all rely on oil and gas: we use it every day to power our homes and our cars – it’s even used to make our clothes! My job is important for ensuring that we are extracting oil and gas in a way that is sympathetic to the natural environment.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I really enjoy sponsoring new research. Working with universities, PhD students, and big project teams means I get to work with lots of different people on a daily basis.

What inspired you into a career in science/engineering?

It was the opportunities it’s presented me. I’ve been lowered into a volcano, dangled from the side of Hampton Court, help build flood defences, been on little boats out in the middle of the sea, and gone on field trips to the Rocky Mountains. I’ve been able to do these things because I studied science.

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What top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • Keep your options open – when you are choosing subjects, include maths and science because they are useful for so many careers
  • Remember there are lots of career paths available – you can change jobs and move around (I have!)
  • Take up the opportunities that come your way! You never know where they might lead you

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