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Promoting Membership and Careers

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One key function of the Member Networks is to promote membership of CIEEM and to raise the profile of the profession.  A particular area to focus on is fostering links with universities through attendance at careers fairs and other events where you can engage with students.

Universities in your area with accredited degree programmes are a good place to focus your efforts, along with encouraging other universities to look towards achieving accreditation in the future. 

Student Committee Members

Attending Careers Events

Resources


Student Committee Members

You may like to consider inviting a student representative to join your committee to ensure that students are well catered for in your area.  A student rep could act as a first point of contact for student-related matters and be responsible for coordinating attendance at careers fairs or arranging student-focussed Member Network events, as well as representing student interests at committee meetings.  This would add value to the work of the committee as well as providing excellent experience and networking opportunities for the student.

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Attending Careers Events

It is of great benefit to universities and students if a member of the committee is able to attend careers events or give talks to students on relevant degree programmes.  This is also an excellent way for you to promote the work of CIEEM in general and your Member Network in particular. 

In order to provide this opportunity to universities across the whole of the UK and Ireland and spread the work, you might like to consider holding a list of members in your area who are willing and able to represent CIEEM at student events.  They should be members of CIEEM, but don’t necessarily need to be part of your committee.  Reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed for attending these events, provided this is agreed in advance by the Convenor / Vice Convenor and sufficient funds are available.

It’s also a good idea to take a few photos of CIEEM presence at these events if possible and provide a brief write up for your Member Network News webpage.

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Resources

  1. The main CIEEM website has a wealth of information aimed at students
  2. There is also a suite of printed leaflets available for you to hand out to students at careers fairs etc.  You also have your Section pop-up banner to use and a CIEEM table runner if you have a stand for your leaflets.  Please email the Member Networks Coordinator if you need a new supply of these.
  3. A PowerPoint presentation about CIEEM is available to you for use when giving talks at careers fairs and other events. Please feel free to adapt it to suit your particular event, but be aware that this is a large file at 16MB.
    For use with Powerpoint 2010 onwards (i.e. .pptx file) >>
    For use with Powerpoint 2003-2010 (i.e. .ppt file) >>
  4. This version of the above presentation has been adapted for an Irish audience:
    For use with Powerpoint 2010 onwards (i.e. .pptx file) >>
    For use with Powerpoint 2003-2010 (i.e. .ppt file) >>
  5. I’ve Got My Degree, Now What…? Becoming a Junior Ecologist (In Practice, Sept 2015, p42-44
  6. Promoting Environmental Careers: some handy tips and advice for when you are asked that burning questions by students and graduates at careers events…"How do I break into a career in the environmental sector?"

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