So you came to Explore at the Royal Geographical Society! Great Decision. Perhaps it's the Sunday night, you're on the train home and still buzzing from all the amazing connections, exciting stories and endless possibilities. You're not alone!
So you want to get involved in conservation? Perhaps a little frustratingly, everyone so far has told you that the first thing you need to do is 'get experience'.
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.
Is science and academia the only route in? What if you've had a different career and want to move into the area - do you need to go back to university and study?
If you're alive now (and you are), then you're alive at just about the most important time in human history for conservation.
Expeditions can feel like the culmination of months or years of hard work, and the comedown of stepping back into reality can be strange. But just as they say ‘it's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all’ - the same is true for expeditions.