Week 2 check-in PMWC 🦚

A hello from me to see how you are doing

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Hello all, 

I hope you are all well. How were your weekends? I want to check in with you and see how you are all getting on. How are you finding the materials for this week? A few things I would like to share with you: 

1. Quick poll 🐷: Which of the following would help you achieve more conservation impact over the course of your career?

On-ground experience
Ecological knowledge
Funds
Skills

Please comment below and add extra options you think are missing. 

2. Conservation Optimism podcast 🐵: Some of you may have seen this, the Conservation Optimism movement now has a podcast! See here. In the first episode the talk to Caleb Ofori-Boateng about his inspiring work conserving amphibians in Ghana. I also really like the Conservation Careers podcast. Do you have any podcast recommendations? 

3. Group agreement 🐘: Below is our group agreement, a combination of your suggestions about ways we can make this training more enjoyable and impactful. If you would ever like to add or take anything away from this please say - this is your group agreement, it applies to Matthew and me too. We are of course all adults, so we are free to do as we wish. 

I hope you are having good weeks. 

All the best, 

Beth 🦘

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
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

This week's work was fine, enjoyed it. It really helps having the Power Point and the video to back it up.

 As for the survey, on the ground experience is something that I personally need. Obviously at the moment this is hard to get.

The agreement looks great.

See you Wed.

Nic

Go to the profile of Zoia Wowk
over 1 year ago

Hey Beth!

Hope you're doing well too! Weekends have been spent surfing and isolated picnic-ing in my spare time, it's been so sunny and warm here in Aus, despite it being winter!

Just completed this week's activities. Really enjoying the content so far :-) I've been trying to link everything up (how the principles link to the different components) and I'm sure it'll be even more clear as we go through the weeks.

Re: your poll - being an early-career starter myself, although all those options would greatly benefit the conservation impact over the course of my career, I think on-ground experience is the most valuable option for me. It provides the opportunities to gain insight and push forward with real, on-ground ideas based on previous learnt experiences. And I feel it gives you a great capacity to tell stories! Which is super impactful. Right now, trying to find where I fit within the wildlife conservation industry beyond the lines of academia, I have plenty of knowledge from university, but it is that experience in a role (and skills acquired through that role), I am seeking.

I have listened to quite a few Conservation Careers podcasts! I think it was actually where I first heard about this course :-) I'll put that Conservation Optimism podcast on the list, and I'll try to remember to add any others I listen to on here :) 

Thanks for touching base, Beth.

Speak soon!

Zoia.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Hello, 

Cool, is it good surf there at the moment? I am actually trying to sell my surfboard at the moment, my surf career never took off as I barely ever left the white water! Haha. Also, I have too many hobbies. 

Yes, when I was learning PMWC I felt like it all comes together towards the end, so the more you learn, the more links you can make between things. 

Interesting that you and Nicola both said on the ground experience. I agree this is really key and valuable. 

Go to the profile of Zoia Wowk
over 1 year ago

It is good surf at the moment! Seems to be better in winter in Australia. Haha - I know what you mean about too many hobbies. Surfing has been my COVID-19 hobby in focus. Over the years white wash has been my safe haven too! However, having a persistent partner who is an avid surfer has been the support and encouragement I've needed to get better.

P.S. Group agreement looks good by the way - look forward to the live session tonight :-)

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Makes a big difference if you have someone to surf with, doesn't it. For a couple of summers there was a group of us that were beginners and went out lots. 

Go to the profile of Bianca Gittens
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

Thanks for checking in. Sorry I couldn't make it to last week's session but I will definitely be there tomorrow. I have just completed this week's activities, even though I do not have an example for every type of principle. 

For the survey, on-ground experience is definitely something that I need to build on, especially since I am an early career starter in wildlife conservation. It allows one to practice what they've learnt from theory. My placement with an environmental consultancy for my work-based learning module got cancelled just before the start of the Ecology period due to Covid-19. I have been constantly seeking other work experience (which is quite difficult at the moment due to the current global situation). However, I hope that doing this project management course would boost my CV in getting a job post-MSc, especially since I am an international student seeking my first official job in conservation in the UK.

I often listen to the Conservation Careers podcast and I have just started listening to Good Natured a few days ago.

The group agreement looks good!

See you tomorrow and hope all is well with you!

Best,

Bianca.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

No worries Bianca. Hope you found the recording ok? Also, no worries about no having an example for every principle, some are tricky to think of examples for! 

Sorry your placement got cancelled. Yes, on the ground experience is challenging at the moment for so many people, it is really tough. What sort of job are you hoping to get? As if it is ecological consultancy perhaps there are good ID courses online? 

See you in the live session later :) 

Go to the profile of Bianca Gittens
over 1 year ago

I am hoping to get a job in either environmental consulting or wildlife research... hoping to get one from an organization that provides visa sponsorship. And yes I've seen some ID courses from ecologytraining.co.uk. Will look into starting some soon!

Thanks for a good session today btw :)

See you next week!

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Thank you for your contributions in the live session yesterday :) Good luck with the ID courses! Fingers crossed for the job search, it must be stressful having the added layer of having to find someone who will provide visa sponsorship. You just need to prove to them (whoever you apply to jobs from) that they can't do without you! 

Go to the profile of Nicola Campbell
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth

I hope you are well and had a good weekend. I was busy working so not much time for a relaxing weekend vibe, but beautiful weather here in Spain so I can't complain! 

Re: the poll. I would say for me I would benefit from additional skills, statistical analysis has always been difficult for me. Being more computer literate, especially using tools for analysis to their full potential. 

The agreement looks great. Thanks

Nicola

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Hello Nicola, 

I find with stats I learn it, then forget it and have to re-learn it the next time I need it! Therefore, it is the process of learning it that I have got better at more than stats itself if that makes sense? 

Sorry you had to work so much but good that the weather was lovely, hope you get some time off whilst the weather is still good. 

Go to the profile of Lesole Montshiwa
over 1 year ago

Hello Beth

I am doing fine here in Botswana, i find this course interesting and hope it will broaden my skill and understanding of project planning and implementation. My skill in project management has been lacking and i feel this course will enhance my skill. Also, i benefited a lot in terms of the use of virtual tools in training and hosting meetings.  

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Hello Lesole, 

Glad you are doing well and can join us :)