Ever took a risk on a new job and then thought, 'WTF have I just done?'. That was me a few months ago. When I took a risk on a new job that, despite being a great role and a great company, turned out to simply be the wrong fit. Nonetheless, I felt my world … Continue reading Feeling like a failure after a ‘career-blip’
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
Botany is my thing. Well, I want it to be my thing. I have found myself spending 99% of my time behind a desk rather than out in the field, leaning towards project management rather than field surveying. My exposure to plants, therefore, has been limited at best, with the knowledge I have built over … Continue reading Tackling Botany – the Identiplant Journey
As ecologists, many of us will be undertaking work on active construction sites and/or pre-construction phase sites. Although not a statutory requirement, you will find many contractors and construction clients insist that those people attending their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they are undertaking, particularly if not being escorted. You know you … Continue reading Booking your CSCS Test as an Ecologist
For the first five years of my career, I worked closely with students, universities and employers to ensure students were prepared for the world of work. Yet, if ever I was asked my opinion on undertaking a master’s degree, it was strongly a... ‘don’t do it’. Now I find myself feeling rather hypocritical as I have recently … Continue reading Postgraduate Study: Should I undertake a Master’s? Is it all that it’s cracked up to be?
Starting a new job is never easy, never mind starting an entirely new career. In less than 2 years I have gone from working in graduate employability and recruitment in London, to undertaking an MSc in Oxford, to beginning a new career in Birmingham for not one, but two of the world's biggest infrastructure organisations working on … Continue reading The six month review of Ecological Consultancy
It is a very daunting time when you are nearing graduation and you begin thinking about your future career. In ecology, it is absolutely essential to hone in on those most sought-after skills BEFORE you finish your studies (hindsight is always a wonderful thing). But this means you need to actually know what employers look for … Continue reading What do employers look for in a graduate ecologist?
So a date has been set for the EU Referendum - Thursday 23rd June 2016 - and I feel nervous, very nervous. As a student, I learnt about the laws that govern Britain's environmental management, many of which are driven by Europe and our subsequent membership. Yet, my relative inexperience in applying these laws means … Continue reading What does the EU do for Britain and for Wildlife?
When aspiring or working as an ecologist it is important to develop your skills and maintain your Continued Professional Development (CDP). Part of this professional development includes protected species surveying, which typically requires a licence in order to conduct some of the more invasive surveys needed by national policy, law and guidance. Licences are managed and issued by … Continue reading Working toward your Bat Licence