Environmental and science positions are incredibly difficult to secure without any prior experience. It is often necessary to volunteer either at home or abroad to gain some relevant experience in your given field mainly to show employers that you have what it takes to do the job. However, where do you get this experience? Read this article to know.
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Why you need experience Most environmental agencies or environmental sciences employers will recruit someone who has got experience in the field. Environmentalists generally have tighter budgets and less time to spend training and developing new starts. Therefore, if you can show that you already have a base level of working knowledge, you are far more likely to be offered a position. Volunteering in the UK If you want to volunteer in the UK, the best advice is to start early - network while you are still studying. There are a limited number of places that are relevant to the environment, so other candidates are likely to try the same places. Try many places and don't be afraid to say you will work for free. Even if you can't sustain a long -term unpaid position, you will be showing you are willing to work to learn, rather than just for money.
What it offers you When you volunteer abroad, not only will you gain experience in the field of your choice but you will visit new cultures, experience new opportunities and perhaps even come across employment options. Jobs in conservation will be more common in some countries than others, but if you do a bit of research and planning, you can get a lot out of doing volunteer work overseas. Volunteering abroad There are many agencies that provide help in booking volunteer positions such as GVI (Global Vision International) and I-to-I volunteering. Also, opportunities may crop up through your university, so its always a good idea to keep an eye on your school notice board. Booking through an agent gives you peace of mind that you will have a 'port of call' should you need help while abroad. In addition, it will help you arrange your flights and accommodation in the country. The only downside of volunteering abroad is the cost. It can be incredibly expensive to both live and work abroad while not earning a wage. However, the experience you get from the time you spend is priceless. Employers look favourably upon gap-year student who have volunteered in a different country as it takes careful budgeting, planning and determination to save up money, then travel and do the work - all the traits that any employer would look for in an employee!