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Rooting for a Career in Ecology or Environmental Management

Rooting bookletThis careers advice, aimed at those at school or university, will help students decide whether a career in ecology or environmental management is really for them. It contains practical advice on the employers, the work and qualifications and qualities needed to get a job combined with career profiles written by people already working in the sector.

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(Please note that this is a large file, 5MB, and may take a while to download.)

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What a Graduate Should Know: Survey Skills

Survey SkillsThere is a very large number of undergraduate courses available to an applicant considering moving in to the ecology and environmental management area of work. These courses will have been designed with different endpoints in mind and consequently the course taken may have a major influence on the skills and knowledge a graduate will have.

In recent years it has become apparent that there is a shortage of people entering the profession with appropriate field skills. What a Graduate Should Know: Survey Skills has therefore been written so that anyone applying to university will know the level of field survey skills expected of a new graduate.

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Field Ecology Skills Guide

Filed Ecology Skills GuideThe 'Survey Skills Pyramid', which had been developed by Sarah Whild and Sue Townsend (©2003), separated biological survey skills into levels of competence. The competence levels covered all stages of experience from beginners to experts (such as national referees). The pyramid provided an effective guideline for the development of survey skills and provided details for the expected level of experience required to progress from stage to stage. The pyramid provided the CIEEM Training, Education and Career Development Committee with a framework that could be adapted in order to match the levels of field ecology skills competence to education and career progression. The outcome is the Field Ecology Skills Guide, which has been separated into two components; education and career progression.

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Environmental Sector: Fact v Fiction

Fact vs FictionThis article by CIEEM's Training and Career Development Officer, Nick Jackson, highlights some of the myths that exist around the environmental profession. The article appeared in In Practice 60, June 2008.

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