Gain work experience
experience in your first and second years will help you stand out from the
crowd when the time comes for you to complete applications for graduate
employment and further study. Work experience develops valuable skills and
qualities that employers are looking for and is essential for many roles. It
can also help you to confirm or rule out particular career choices.
Furthermore, experience in the workplace can bring you into contact with people
who may be able to assist you at the beginning of your career.
You have plenty of
options open to you. You could apply for a placement year, work part-time
around your studies, undertake volunteering or approach organisations directly
to negotiate short periods of work experience. Some organisations offer paid
internships over the summer or of one year’s duration.
The University of Plymouth Students’
Union also offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities.
Engaging in a
sport or society shows employers you are engaged and seek out opportunities, it
also helps you improve your teamwork, communication and negotiation skills.
Committee members develop leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills and
will gain experience of meetings, handling funds, and society promotion
You may choose to join a society that is specifically linked to Conservation
Biology such as the Environmental Society, or take the opportunity to explore
the huge range of clubs, societies and sports, all of which can help you to broaden your
horizons and explore new interests.
Tutor and academic support
Your tutor and other academic staff are an
excellent source of support for your career development. They will have experience
and contacts across industry and academia, so do approach them for advice and
insights into careers you are considering. Your tutor will ultimately be
writing references for your employment or further study applications, therefore
establishing a positive relationship with this person is invaluable.