I flew to the Netherlands on Sunday the 3rd of December, and then embarked on a public transport adventure to Pieterburen – two trains and a bus. The bus was more like a minibus, and as I sat there with my big rucksack and my non-existent Dutch, the driver said … Continue reading “ZP Week One: Arrival and the Start of Training” →
Next week I am off to the Netherlands to spend 14 weeks as a seal care volunteer at Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, a large and renowned seal rescue and rehabilitation centre.
Just a little plug for my pal Sophie’s new blog as the project manager of the Dwarf Mongoose Project. Find out about more about her education and experiences in the little interview she did for me, and follow her for lots of cute ‘goosing news! It’s been around 6 months, … Continue reading “New blog from the Dwarf Mongoose Project” →
Last week I finally got to hand in my notice at my office job, ready to head off to my next upcoming volunteer adventure on the 3rd of December. Handing in your notice is always a weird experience, a bit of guilt and nerves but also excitement and relief. Or … Continue reading “Filler jobs, and my first time in an office” →
A few days holiday in Croatia turned out to be more than just a pleasant break from being in an office all day. It was also a refreshing and invigorating reminder of why I chose to study Zoology, why I loved it, and why I am continuing to pursue a … Continue reading “Finding the joy of zoology” →
Sophie is an MSci Zoology graduate who is soon off to work as a project manager in South Africa on the Dwarf Mongoose Project (where she was my wonderful roommate when we were research assistants!) – I’ll leave the rest for her to explain in her own words.
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 … Continue reading “Is it worth trying to work in conservation?” →
Let’s talk about a real epidemic in zoology jobs. Back when I was still in uni I managed to get an interview for a research assistant position with orang-utans in Borneo for a year, on the Gunung Palung Orang-utan Project.
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!