Some thoughts for the job searchers amongst us

Let's use the hive mind to help the job searchers amongst us

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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 a few sessions back ways that we can support each other and I thought this is one area where the hive mind will have wisdom to share. So here are a few thoughts from me but please feel free to add others.

In the half-hour before the live sessions this week (on the 2nd) let's do an interview prep exercise. So at 8.30 am and 5.30 pm GMT. 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!  

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.


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 Beckie Garbett
11 months ago

Hi Beth!

Can I add a little interview related question here? What are your thoughts (and others also welcome!) on emailing directly after an interview (within 24 hrs) to say thank you and to gain a few extra bonus points by highlighting a few more examples of why you're right for the role by picking up on strands from the conversations that took place during the interview?

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
11 months ago

Hello Beckie, 

I personally really like it when people email after an interview to say thank you, it shows politeness and efficiency. However, I wouldn't over-egg the pudding by adding more examples, I'd just say thank you and it was lovely to meet you. But that is just my view :) 

Go to the profile of Dominick Marra
11 months ago

I can also add to Beth's reference to Conservation Careers as well. If it wasn't for that group, I would have never known about Wildteam and the work and training that they do. Nick and Kristi and team do a great job compiling a lot of information around that topic with articles, podcasts, job search tools and the like that are extremely helpful. Another great tool to go along with this class and medium.