Ambleside was the perfect place for Keira. "Practical sessions out in the forests and woodlands were always something to look forward to and it was great to be able to learn in an environment with like-minded people. I've always enjoyed the outdoors so after exploring a few different career options I picked forestry."

Keira's university experiences were very social. "I enjoyed meeting a whole range of new people and being able to focus my studies solely on a subject that interests me. It was very difficult to all of a sudden be in a strange place with a group of strange people. I’m quite shy so moving to a new place was difficult. I’m now more confident in myself and my abilities and I’m more comfortable with speaking to new people. I call plenty of weird and wonderful personalities friends now!"

Initially I wasn’t considering university but after my initial year it was definitely my ambition to pursue a career I the field…which I have (thankfully) been able to achieve.

After completing her degree, Keira went on to become an Assistant Forest Manager at Pryor and Rickett Silviculture. "I’m very lucky to have obtained a position with a woodland management and consultancy company, an area of forestry I am keen to continue gaining experience in. I definitely had no idea I would be where I am today when I started. University was fantastic and it gave me the opportunity to mature into someone I can be proud of."

What are you most proud of? "Successfully obtaining my degree and being lucky enough to be the recipient of some awards that have opened up amazing experiences for me!"

Forest Management

Learn to protect and preserve forests for the future on the only professional forestry BSc (Hons) in England at our National School of Forestry in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Here our classrooms have no boundaries; you can explore, travel and gain unique experiences to solve critical issues and positively change the natural world.

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