Do you want to start a career in conservation?

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About to finish your PhD and wondering how to secure your first post in conservation?  Worried that your PhD will only open academic opportunities in conservation? Our event on Friday 3rd March is just for you as Lydia Cole, Environmental Scientist at Rezatec and BES Conservation Ecology SIG Development Officer, explains. 

Early careers event for Conservation Ecologists
A line up of Experts at the first Early Career event specifically for Conservation Ecologists

The BES Conservation Ecology Special Interest Group in partnership with ZSL, will be holding their second annual Early Career Event for Conservation Ecologists, at ZSL London Zoo

The aim of the event is to equip you, the next generation of Conservation Ecologists, with the skills and resources you need to secure a career in Conservation Science and Practice.  A group of experts, ranging from university lecturers, to policy developers, press officers and journal editors will spend a day chatting to a bunch of aspiring conservation professionals.

There will be no formal lectures, but instead a series of structured workshops and informal discussions, to provide participants with an active and intimate opportunity to learn from the experts.

Over the course of the day, participants will spend 45 minutes at each of the four sessions, covering the following themes:  
1.    Press and online profiles 
2.    Non-academic career options
3.    Interview skills 
4.    Scientific publications 

The Funding ‘station’ from the 2016 Early Career Event
The Funding ‘station’ from the 2016 Early Career Event

In between activities, two speakers will share their experience securing a career in academia, and in an NGO. A short presentation of the main funding opportunities currently opened to early career scientists will also be provided, together with tips on how to decide what to go for. Importantly, there will be plenty of time to ask experts any number of questions, and of course to meet other participants to the workshop.

To see what participants found interesting about last year’s event, search for #conscareers16 on Twitter.  There is also a series of six blogs (follow the links from the first) written on each of the session themes from 2016 if you would like to find out more.  To book your place for the 2017 event, click here.  We look forward to seeing you in a month’s time!

To keep up-to-date with the Conservation Ecology SIG news, follow us on Twitter @BESConservation and Facebook through the BES Conservation Ecology group

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