Environmental Science Career Profile: Nicole Januszczak

Studying environmental science at UTSC can lead to many different careers. In the following Q&A, UTSC chats with Environmental Science graduate Nicole Januszczak.

After getting a degree in Environmental Science at UTSC, Nicole Januszczak went on to become the Exploration Programme Manager at De Beers Canada Inc.

UTSC: What were your favourite subjects in high school?
NJ: I really enjoyed Sciences and Mathematics.

UTSC: Did you always know you wanted to study environmental science?
NJ: No, not at all. I enrolled in a Geology Field Camp early in my undergraduate years and was hooked!

UTSC: How did you come to study at UTSC?
NJ: I started out at the St. George campus of U of T downtown but after my first year, I opted for the program available at UTSC.

UTSC: What was your favourite part about studying at UTSC?
NJ: I appreciated the sense of community amongst the students and the accessibility of professors and TA’s.

UTSC: What was your favourite part about studying environmental science?
NJ: I loved the hands-on learning approach and the relevance to the world we live in.

UTSC: What did you want to be when you “grew up”?
NJ: Funny… I could never peg that down.

UTSC: Where are you working now?
NJ: I work for De Beers Canada Inc., a diamond mining and exploration company, as the Exploration Programme Manager.

UTSC: Did your degree in Environmental Science help you get to where you are today?
NJ: Absolutely. I was able to tailor the program to suit, at the time, my new-found passion for Geology. I completed the Environmental Science degree at UTSC but was able to enter an M.Sc. program, and ultimately a Ph.D. program, in Geology given my qualifications from my undergraduate program. It also furnished me with the undergraduate knowledge requirement to register as a Professional Geoscientist with the APGO (Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario).

UTSC: Do you have any advice or tips for high school students looking to study environmental science?
NJ: Environmental Science is a very broad field, not unlike engineering. Just as engineers do, pick a specific aspect of Environmental Science that fires you up and follow it. I chose to study Geology and have been fortunate enough to find success in my career and a job that I’m eager to get to everyday.

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