Some thoughts for the job searchers amongst us

In this morning's session we said we would follow up with thoughts on how to help those on this training currently job searching, so here are some thoughts

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I know there are a good few of you on this training who are currently job searching, some of you are early career, some are switching careers. We discussed in this morning's live session about ways we can support each other in this. So here are a few thoughts from me but please feel free to add others.

  1. In the half-hour before the live sessions next week (on the 22nd) let's do an interview prep exercise. So at 9.30 am and 5.30 pm BST. If you are keen, prepare an answer to the following potential interview question: "Can you explain how the project management training you list on your CV can help a project have conservation impact?”. Then we will split into breakout rooms to practice this and give feedback to each other. Yes, it is a little bit awkward practising interview questions, but we are all friends now and no one will be judging you!  
  2. A lot of you are probably familiar with Conservation Careers, but if not I highly recommend having a look at what they do. We run joint residential courses with them and they are lovely humans. Lots of advice on there and they run an online course about finding a job in the conservation sector.
  3. Sharing tips - please share any tips you have for job searching and applications as replies to this post. 

Thanks! 

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Nicola Wood
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

 A great, if scary, idea! 

Thanks for the info.

Nicola

Go to the profile of Zoia Wowk
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

Thanks for the live session yesterday. I really appreciate you taking note of this in the live session and proactively sharing ways to help the members of the course job searching, like me! It's fantastic to be talking with a bunch of like-minded individuals with such varying backgrounds and levels of experience :-) 

I will take on your idea and prepare an answer to your proposed interview question. And I am familiar with Conservation Careers, they have been a fantastic source of information and openings! Love their podcasts. And will keep an eye out on this post for any shred tips.

I forgot to mention in the live session - apologies if it took me a while to accept you on LinkedIn! It's taken me a while to get started on it, initially being intimidated about creating a profile as I am yet to get my first professional role in wildlife conservation. But your recent add has pushed me to get started on the platform and I've realised it's so much more & holds more potential than that! Also - really cool to read on your profile how much work you have done on bats in the UK! I was lucky enough to research assist on a PhD project on Christmas Island studying the critically endangered Christmas Island flying fox! Awesome experience learning how to use mist nets and process these tiny fluff balls :-)

Thanks again!

Zoia.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Hello, 

Wow, flying foxes! Even without a 'professional paid role in conservation', it sounds like you've got lots of interesting stuff to put on LinkedIn. It is a funny place LinkedIn, some people question the value of it, but I quite like it as a place to have an extended CV and as a way of sharing information. If I was ever to select someone for an interview I would look at their LinkedIn, it shows they are able to present themselves professionally. One thing I would recommend is putting a hyperlink in your CV to your LinkedIn page. 

Hope you had a good weekend. See you Wednesday :) 

Go to the profile of Nicola Wood
about 1 year ago

Hi,

Another place that environment/conservation jobs are advertised is environmentjob.co.uk

Nic

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Yes! I like environment job, I've used that one a lot.