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Finding a Job in the Environment Anna Alston, University of Hertfordshire Finding the right job for you in the environment doesn't differ that much from getting a job in any other field. The main difference is that it is more competitive than some other sectors and it may take longer for you to gain the skills and experience needed for a realistic chance of landing particular kinds of work. You will need patience and persistence. Each year a proportion of students who have studied environmental subjects decide against trying to use these in their careers, but instead use their degree as an entry qualification to other 'graduate' jobs. On the other hand there are many environmental graduates and others from different disciplines who have a keen interest in the environment and will be looking for related jobs. Whichever group you are in, how can you maximise your chances? Deciding on a Job Unless you know what you want to do, if only in very general terms, it is almost impossible to make well-prepared and targeted applications which are the key to success. As well as reading the various chapters in this book to help you decide what kind of activity or organisation you would prefer, find out where former students from your course have gone. Your university department should be able to help and the university Careers Service will have collected this information. If an organisation has recruited from your institution in the past they may be open to an approach from you. Having made a first choice think about your fallback position - everyone needs a second or even third choice. Many people do not manage to follow a path directly from education to their ideal job. It may well be necessary to take the 'stepping stone' approach, approaching a career from an angle, sometimes several angles while accumulating skills and experience along the way which in the end will, hopefully, land you the job you really want. While your first job will not irrevocably commit you to a particular career path for the rest of your life, obviously the closer it is to what you eventually hope to do the better. Consider taking a lower level job in the right kind of organisation: you will then be in the right place for when the right vacancy occurs, you will be known and will have proved yourself. With luck, hard work and the right attitude it is often possible to make a not-very- exciting job much bigger than it was seen to be originally. Many new graduates do not go directly into what are seen as 'graduate' level jobs, but after two or three years have found themselves working at the right level for them. Assessing Yourself Successful job applications result from a close match between what the employer is looking for and what the applicant has to offer, in terms of past achievement or potential for the future. How can YOU sell yourself? Firstly you need to be very clear about your particular package of KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE and, of course, personality. Is it the right sort of job for you? (Could you succeed in the job? Would you fit in with other
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course ENVS 690 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at S.F. State.

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