I may be a little late to the party, but this past year I've discovered podcasts. As well as getting to grips with well some known science and technology series, I've also been on the look out for engaging conservation and environment podcasts.
A huge bugbear among many aspiring conservationists, is that most interesting conservation jobs and roles require experience. To get experience, you often need some previous experience.. and so it goes on and on until, eventually, you get lucky.
Some people look like they have all the luck, great discoveries, great expeditions - life can seem unfair. But what you often don't know about is all the projects that fell through, all the ideas that turned out to be wrong, or never made it off the drawing board.
Landing your first job is typically the biggest hurdle in anyone’s professional journey. A resume filled with extracurricular activities and summer jobs is pretty much guaranteed to get lost in the shuffle. On top of that there are certain fields that are notoriously known for being difficult to get a foot in the door. Conservation being one of them.
I'm an optimist, so I try to make sure when I give talks on conservation, that there is a healthy mix of depressing reality and hope for the future. Unsurprisingly audiences don't really enjoy leaving thoroughly depressed.