Maybe it’s just that I move in relevant circles, both out in the real world and online, but it feels like recently there has been a lot of publicity about how difficult it is to build a career in conservation. I think publicity is good, but it can obviously be demoralising to realise how many people, more educated, experienced, and qualified than you (me) are still finding it impossible to build a career.
Six years later, I might finally have the distance, age and experience to reflect on the turtle conservation project I joined for a month when I was 16. It’s safe to say I learned a lot, and equally safe to say not much of it was about turtles. It had the excellent effect of persuading me to study Zoology, but aside from that I think I would call it valuable for all the wrong reasons.
Disclaimer: A quick glance at the website suggests some major changes to this programme in the past 6 years, and my experience may not be at all reflective of the experiences of volunteers there today.
I’m a compulsive job hunter, finding it weird that I’ve actually sorted out the next small portion of my life. For the time being, the job hunting has to stop, because I’m not available any more! How bizarre. But for anyone still seeking, these are the resources I bookmark and follow and check with alarming regularity.
Graduating uni is a big achievement, but it’s also a big change. I knew I loved studying and would miss it, but wasn’t quite prepared for some of the challenges of transitioning to post-student life. And it’s only been two months!
This is me! I’m a recent Zoology graduate currently working an office job in Bristol. Over the next year I have two volunteer positions confirmed – at a seal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands, and a sea turtle research project in Costa Rica.