Georgina Rofique, 26, is graduate health and safety adviser for Taylor Woodrow. She gained a 2:1 in civil engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University in June 2003.
By the time Georgina had finished her degree, she had lost interest in civil engineering, but still liked the idea of working in the built environment. "However, I wound up working for a year in catering, where I took on responsibility as a supervisor," she says. "That was my first introduction to health and safety. I was given responsibility for basic things like manual handling and first aid and I found that I really enjoyed it."
What most appealed to Georgina about health and safety was the variety involved and the fact that the end result is about making people safe. So when she saw an advert for a place on the graduate training scheme at Taylor and Woodrow for a role in health and safety, and noticed they wanted a building environment graduate, she jumped at the chance. The company wanted someone who could do a distance-learning Masters course in health and safety and the idea of further learning also attracted her.
"My daily job involves a lot of admin work – in particular, compiling statistics – and doing site inspections alongside the people who have already completed their training," she says. "I get study leave for my course, most of which is done at home and some of which is done at Portsmouth University."
She believes you need to be very motivated to work in health and safety, not least because it is hard work. "You also need to be meticulous and thorough," she adds.