Continued from Career Planning for Ecologists – Part 3: Analysing Vacancies
Ecologists are in a slightly different position, compared to their lab-based bioscience counterparts, with regard to their job prospects relative to their qualifications. Apart from research and academic posts, many ecology-related careers are as accessible to those with relevant work experience as for Masters or PhD-qualified candidates. In fact, short courses run by organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (4) offer excellent opportunities to increase much sought-after ecological skills. Having said that, recognized Masters degrees with plenty of practical, industry-relevant content will be an asset to environmental scientists or ecologists looking to enhance their qualifications. Additionally, membership of, or affiliation to, professional associations such as the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and CIEEM, as well as being proficient using recognised methodologies, e.g. GIS, BREEAM and project management all increase an ecologist’s chances of gaining employment and accessing more senior positions.
This accumulation of experience can start as early as school and, in particular at University where voluntary placements, internships, membership of local conservation organisations etc. can add very usefully to a graduate’s CV. Short courses and other development opportunities are usually offered at discount prices to student members (e.g. IEEM, Mammal Society) and, of course, membership of learned societies such as the BES and the Society for Experimental Biology offer many benefits including reduced registration to scientific meetings.
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The above story is reprinted from materials provided by BES Bulletin. The original article was written by author Sarah Blackford.
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